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On the left side you will see the original image you loaded to the Image Converter.

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Below the image you see the format information of the currently loaded image:
Size, Colour Depth and Aspect Ratio. For batch conversion, it also shows you the file count.

The image size in the example above is 1920x1080 px, its colour depth is 24 bit (containing RGB + Alpha) and the aspect Ratio is 1,778 (=16/9).

Converting single images

To convert a single image press the button "Convert". Per default (without using the resize option in the info section) the image will keep its size and it will be converted into the file format of your choice. The processed image will be displayed on the right side.
Once you converted the image, you can export it using the save button.

Converting multiple files (batch conversion)

To start, choose the batch conversion mode. Now you can specify the path to the folder where all your source images are located in. After that you will need to specify the target folder right below the source folder. Once you have set up both paths, adjust the conversion settings to suit your needs. Finally press the "Batch" button to start. While the batch conversion process is running, the message “Batching files …” is displayed in the image fields.
To skip the batch conversion process press "Stop".

Converting images to an .avi movie

Do the same as described above in the section "Converting multiple files". Instead of using the "Batch" button you click the "AVI Export" button. The following dialog will be shown:

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File Name
Choose a File Name for your AVI video and use […] to browse to the location where it should be stored.

Frame Rate
Choose the framerate in FPS (frames per second). Possible values are 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60.

Now press the "Start Export" button and your AVI video will be created.

Converting images to a .mpg movie

click to enlargeThe MPEG export feature allows you to render a sequence of images to a mpeg file.
Enter a file name and click the [...] button for determining the entire file path.
Choose the appropriate frame rate and the playback direction. "Bounce" will play all images forward and then once again in reversed order.

The alpha splitting section gives you the possibility to maintain the alpha channel when converting to the mpeg format. The mpeg format was originally specified as a codec not supporting the alpha channel. Therefore the Image Converter enables the following workflow: First the main mpg video that naturally supports RGB only is generated, then an additional mpeg is saved which holds the original transparency information in terms of a black and white mask. In Pandoras Box dedicated effects merge the main video and the mask video resulting in one video with transparency.

Split

Splits color and alpha information into two separate tracks.
In Pandoras Box, use the effect Alpha Media as Mask

Top Bottom / Left Right

The color information is rendered to the top/left half of the video. The other half contains the alpha information.
Please note that this option lowers the image quality but saves playback performance.
In Pandoras Box, use the effect Alpha Top Bottom, respectively Alpha Left Right

Top Bottom / Left Right
HQ Double Resolution

The video height/width is doubled. The alpha information is stored as a black&white video attached at the bottom/right of the video.
Other than the above option, the quality is preserved. On the other hand the playback takes more processing power!

Choose a "Mpeg Encoding Preset" or define a custom setting. The encoder is based on the Pandoras Box Encoder Extension, please find more detailed descriptions for the encoder settings here, including recommendations regarding the bitrate setting.

Click "Start Export" to confirm all settings. When the process is finished a dialog will pop up.

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The advanced settings make in depth configuration of the MPEG encoder possible.

The maximum resolution for an mpg2 video is 4094x2800 px, though it is recommend to set 4080x2800 px as this conforms with the mpeg standard. The encoding process depends on available graphic card RAM.

For further information regarding the encoder settings please see the Encoder Extension.