I am using Blender 2.6.3 running on a 64-bit Windows 7 PC to create a custom animation of the 20th Century Fox introduction. Instructions on the process can be found here:
Note: This video will be for a family gathering, not for any commercial use.
The animation works well except for one problem. There is a lot of flickering on one of the letters in the middle row. I did some digging around and found my problem described exactly as items #37 and #38 in a list of Blender tips that can be found here:
37) Getting weird shading? Try selecting everything and recalculating the Normals before submitting a bug report. Get the toolbal by hitting T.
38) Still getting weird or flickering shading? Selecting everything and getting rid of duplicate vertices will fix this problem.
The challenge is I know nothing about how to implement the above suggestions
as I have very limited (virtually no) experience using Blender.
I am looking for a nice experienced Blender user who can provide me step by step instructions, complete with screen captures, how to implement these two fixes.
Here for reference are the settings I am using to generate this 20 second animation:
1920x1080 at 100%
Anti aliasing checked - amount = 5
Shading: Textures, shadows, subsurface and scattering, environment map, ray tracing
Performance: fixed 24 threads
Tiles X=8, Y=8
Acceleration: Auto Instances checked
Post processing: Compositing, Sequencer, Edge threshold 1 are checked
Output: H.264 RGB
Encoding: Format: H.264 (lossless output NOT checked)
Bitrate = 6,000 (may want to bump to 8,000 when render again)
GOP size = 18
Rate: minimum 0, maximum 9000
Bake Mode = Full Render
The above settings took my brand new gaming PC about 12 hours to render 20 seconds! You can understand how I do not want to try and fix this by trial and error.
As an aside, I have generated the file in AVI-jpeg (320MB) and AVI-raw (3.2 GB) at 1028x960 resolution. With this resolution the animation rendered in about 5 hours. The H.264 file format yielded an animation file that was only 14 MB! The video was amazing - except for the flickering.