You may also want to check out the Chaotica Editor Basics tutorial.
Render settings - Resolution
For animated gifs, try to keep the resolution low. High resolution gifs are not very user friendly, and may take a long time to load for most users.
Here are some standard resolutions for video/animations:
- Full HD or 1080p: 1920 x 1080
- HD or 720p: 1280 x 720
- Lower res for eg YouTube: 960 x 540, 640 x 360
Render settings - Other settings
For both gifs and animations, the optimal settings are AA level 2 and Anti-aising mode Smooth. Those settings produce pretty nice results and are also efficient for batch rendering, with high speed and low amount of noise.
Do not use Ultra quality for gifs and animations.
First, click on the ... and select the output folder. I recommend you create a new folder for each project, since there are many frames and it may get confusing:
Now, set a stopping SL. There is no universal rule, and you would need to experiment to see what value would be good for your parameters. In general, stopping SL between 8 and 10 works pretty well.
Check that your timeline is set to frame 0 since batch rendering will start from your current frame. Check both stopping SL and Batch rendering:
You can follow the progress of your render in the animation editor (the tick will move along the timeline as the render goes on, always positioned on the currently rendering frame.
The bottom status bar of the main window will also display a progress message, telling you which was the last saved frame.
The rendered frames will be added to your output folder:
Transforming the frames into a gif or a video
Once your render is finished, you will have a number of still frames. To compile it into a gif or an animation, you will need to use an external software of your choice.
Two suggestions of freeware software that will do the job: