I’ve been trying to record the finished PCLX as an MP4 (having discovered the export function is not yet working)
How is it failing to work? Currently export should work. Can you be a bit more specific?
If your file is not being exported at all please check that the file name in the movie export window has an actual filetype at the end. e.g. C:/Windows/User/Desktop/My_Animation.mp4
Also check that the plugin folder in the Pencil2D application folder has the FFMPEG.exe file which is required. If it’s not there make sure to thoroughly extract all the elements from the Pencil2D ZIP download from the website.
and am having sound sync problems.
Ok, this is a problem that has been in constant evolution, and unfortunately it depends greatly on the user computer, the video player they use to playback and Pencil2D’s plugin compatibility among other things.
Some people have had no sync problems while others have reported up to 20 frames of delay. In general I have seen in 0.6.4 a delay of up to 1 to 2 frames in a professional video editor. Patches have been applied to improve this however but we also recommend using WAV as MP3 seems to have problems with decoding in general unless you’re using a proprietary library.
I then remembered that the screen can be recorded more simply using the Windows game bar (Windows+G).
It is important to note that these desktop recorders are in general meant for games, so be careful that there is not a setting where you’re recording at 60fps or something since you will need to trim the extra frames. Editing also works similar, you need to match the video editing project with the Pencil2D fps before trying to review the delay. It may seem obvious but many people use the default settings expecting that.
I tried it first using Filmora’s screen record function.
I’ve never used Filmora’s video editor, and i’m even less experienced with such recording device but you may need to make sure you’re not using frame drop FPS (e.g 23.796 or 29.97) only use the same frame rate as Pencil2d with integers, otherwise you will see differences.
But when I scrub the sound - to check a sync point around 230 frames in - the sound is late!
This and many other problems depend on the initial filetype used as well. WAV is the most faithful for both editorial playback and export. Unfortunately there can be differences between filetypes due to encoding, and mostly when using MP3 files, however this has been changed and improved. Please download the latest development version which has fixes from last week all related to sound.
the problem seemed to have been that I had checked the box “To the end of sound clips”, because my soundtrack finished before the images did
Checking that box will certainly clip the timeline to the “end of sound clips”, it’s often used when the sound clips are longer than the animation, but in general I personally recommend simply not using that checkbox and putting a duplicate of the last frame after the sound clip end point.
I’ll test the issue however to see how can i reproduce it since in general checking that box shouldn’t give you any inherent trouble, it should only export up to the last sound clip end point and that’s it.
Incidentally can you post the exact error you’re getting? If it’s an error window you should be able to copy & paste the error message here. Thanks in advance.