Blender 2.8 – Proxy Videos

In this tutorial we will look at making proxy video clips in Blender. This tutorial is focused on doing so in Blender 2.8, the latest release of the program.

We thought it would be a good time to revisit or reboot our Blender tutorial series. They recently released a new version of Blender – Blender 2.8. We want to look at the video editing portion of it because that’s what we had done in the past.

Make sure you download the latest release of Blender.

Proxy Videos – purpose

Making proxy videos is important for two reasons. Either you have a slower system for editing videos or you have large video files that your system can’t handle. Creating a proxy allows you to edit at full speed, yet render in full resolution of the original video. This is possible when a copy of the video file (proxy) is made for you to work with while the original file mimics everything you do in the background.

Proxy Videos – getting started

To create a proxy video, you must first import a video clip which will create a video strip. Once the clip(s) is imported you can create the proxy from the panel in the bottom right of your user interface. Scrolling down will reveal an option that says Proxy/Timecode. Checking the box to left of that will enable the option.

Once checked, you have several options. First, you must choose at what percentage you would like the proxy to be built. 25% and 50% are the two best options. The lesser the percentage the more pixelated the preview you work with will be.

For a single video file, you will choose you percentage and then click Rebuild Proxy and Timecode Indices. For multiple files, you must select all of them and click Set Selected Strip Proxies, choose the percentage from the drop down menu and continue as you would with a single file.

Once you begin the rebuild, it may take some time depending on video length, file size and amount of video files. A five minute clip usually take 1-3 minutes in my experience.

The last step is to switch your viewport to display the proxy size that you are using. This is done by hovering your mouse in the viewport and hitting N on your keyboard. This will pop out a new menu to the right. In that menu find the Set Render Size drop down and choose the percentage at which you created your proxies. Everything should play and scrub extremely smooth and unaltered now.

Exporting video would commence as usual and the final render will be that of your original resolution and quality.

I hope this video was helpful in your endeavor to learn Blender 2.8 and to use it for video editing. Please consider visiting our YouTube channel for more content like this or check out some of our DIY content on this website.

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