Animation Progress

My current animation – a 30 second clip of a small ship approaching a space station – is now up to 32 hours of render time in Carrara 7 Pro, and is 83% complete. I thought it would be done sooner, but as the geometry of the station came into the frame, it slowed down drastically.  I’m guessing it probably has another day to go.

The current uncompressed AVI file it’s building is over a gig and a half in size.  My question to more experienced animators would be how do you work with files of this size? Will I be able to upload this monster to YouTube, or will I need to compress it first?

It’s 1280 x 720 pixels, 24 frames per second.

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