Yea, I have tried to set the image plane as an avi. Bet I think I have some thing wrong with Maya because it comes up blank. I followed the image plan tutorial to the T but, I get a blank background. But the image sequence works great. I have reinstalled Maya a few times but it still doesn’t work.
I don't know if it does avi. to targa. but a good media converter to try is Canopus Procoder Pro. You should beable to find a copy on the internet or from Canopus's website. But it converts many different media file types to almost anything you want.
does your avi file/image sequence contain an alpha channel(transparency)? I had the same problem and still have it. Whenever I software render my image plane stays black.
If so, try to render your image plane in the hardware render buffer for some reason it works there.
Otherwise if you use quick time, you can save your movie as an image sequence. If quick time does not offer TGA try PNG they also support transparency.
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