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Chapter 5: Animation Techniques > Playblast and FCheck

Playblast and FCheck

A playblast is a way to create an unrendered preview of an animation. When you create a play-blast, Maya captures each frame of the animation. The frames can be stored temporarily or saved to disk. You should always use playblasts to get a sense of the timing of the animation. What you see in the Maya viewport window is not always an accurate representation of how the final animation will look.

FCheck (or Frame Check) is a utility program that ships with Maya. This program plays back a sequence of images with some very simple controls. When you create a playblast, you have the option of viewing the sequence in your operating system's media player or in FCheck. FCheck is usually the better choice because of its simplicity and support for a variety of image formats.


  

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