a friend has approached me about creating a 30 sec. 3d animated commercial
for his business. i have read the FAQ for comp.animation, and while it
talked about resolution, when dealing w/ broadcast, it said make the res.
as close the the final viewing size as possible. well, televisions come in
all sizes, so my first question is:
1. what is a good choice for resolution when creating animation for television?
2. if someone can give me an idea of res. then i can do the math and find
out approx. disk space for 720 frames of animation (is 720 correct? 24 fps
x 30 sec. = 720)
3. i know that i can render the animation to the disk and certain cards
can convert to broadcast video, but are there places that i can send say
a DAT tape, and they will get it to video for me, for a fee?
4. i use macs, and know that the box i have is not up to the task, any mac
users out ther know if a kick ass mac can be leased for a month or 2?
5. is it even remotly possible that the animation will not need some kind
of editing before going to tape? should i plan on getting something like
after affects to do work like that?
6. lastly, for those of you who do work like this for a living, what kind
of time would it take you to redner 30 sec. of animation? please state
what kind of box you use. and i know that rendering times depend on
complexity, shadows, lights, etc. i am looking for general guidelines.
thanks for any help you can give. this may be too big to handle, but i hope not.