12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2012 5:50 PM by Jim Wanamaker
Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm shooting a bunch of still to create animation in the timeline.  As such, I only want to insert two frames of each image.  How can I quickly and easily drag a still (or stills) onto the timeline for just 2 frames duration?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,205 points)

    The problem with two frames is that it's tiny so it's really hard to grab. if you set the still selection preference to two frames, then the best way to edit into the timeline is to use the keyboard shortcut. Make the selection and press the appropriate shortcut.

  • 2. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But the still selection preference doesn't show frames as an option, only seconds.

  • 3. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,205 points)

    It shows seconds and tenths of seconds. Try making it 0.01 or something like that.

  • 4. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But I need it to be precisely 2 frames running at 24 fps.  Not something close to that, but exactly that.

  • 5. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Jim Wanamaker Level 4 Level 4 (2,260 points)

    Perhaps the easiest way to get what you want is to bring your still(stills) into your timeline. Select them, control D, 2, return key and you will have two frames.

  • 6. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That doesn't work becuase then you have to drag the clip onto the timeline, which is virtually impossible to do when the selection is so small.  As soon as you try to grab it, it changes the duration instead.  Also, I might have like 200 frames.  I want to be able to select them all and plop them onto the timeline on 2's (2 frames) in one nice and easy move. 

     

    For animation, one is dealing with hundreds and hundreds of frames.  In fact, thousands, so it needs to be simple and efficient or it could take way too long to lay up a sequence.

  • 7. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,205 points)

    Put all the images into the project. They'll be 10 seconds. Select all the images in the project. use the duration function to set them to two frames.

  • 8. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Jim Wanamaker Level 4 Level 4 (2,260 points)

    I guess I don't quite understand the problem. You can use the steps I outlined either in the timeline or the event browser. If you change all the stills to 2 frames in the browser then in list view, which is probably easier, just select all the stills and use the keyboard command E to add to timeline, You may then need to adjust the zoom if you want to do any further editing. Other option is to bring all the stills into the timeline at their current duration by selecting all and then E on the keyboard. You can then change all to 2 frames with the same steps as above. This is probably not the best choice as the timeline could be quite long with thousands of clips.

  • 9. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Tom.  Still a bit of a multi step process, but pretty darn close to what I want.  So with this, I have to select a bunch of stills, drag them into the timeline, then select those 10 second stills on the timeline and then hit Ctrl D and change the duration to 2 frames.  It works, but I wish I could do it in less steps.  Thanks for that though.  It's really helpful.

  • 10. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Jim Wanamaker Level 4 Level 4 (2,260 points)

    It is probably easier to change the stills duration in the browser and then select them all and use the E key to add to the timeline. This works fine but you need to make sure they are in the right order in the browser as they will be added in sequential order based on how they are sorted.

  • 11. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry Jim, you are right.  I misunderstood what you said the first time.  What I did was I tried to change the duration of the stills in the event library browser, but when I do that by using Ctrl D, it doesn't change the duraction at all.  The only fix is as Tom said, and you said the first time, which is to put them on the timeline and then select them all and then change the duraction, but as you say, that could become cumbersome with thousands of stills.

     

    If it's possible to change the duraction of the still in the event browser window and I'm not doing it correctly, could you please explain more clearly the exact steps to change the stills duration before I drag them into the timeline, or hit CMD E, which is probably better.  I have them showing in list view.

  • 12. Re: Insert single frame of still
    Jim Wanamaker Level 4 Level 4 (2,260 points)

    I have to apologize. I was sure I had changed duration in the browser before but I can't replicate it now so I guess you have to do it in the timeline. It is important to make sure the sort order is as you want it when you bring in multiple clips. The keyboard shorcut is just E not command E. Sorry i was misleading still learning myself.