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Importing 1800 images to do a stop motion movie

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Alfredo Jahn Level 3 Level 3 (805 points)
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Sep 8, 2013 10:25 AM

My son wants to create a movie using 1800 images (one screen capture per second, for 30 minutes). Can anyone suggest the best way to import all the images in the correct order and add them to the timeline so that each image is only one second long. Experience tells me that when you add an image to the timeline the default is  a lot longer than a second (10 seconds?). Any help would be appreciated. We are creating the 1800 images using a Terminal command that timestamps each image and saves it to a folder. We estimate each image will be about 500K in size (total of about 1G of images).


We're still using FCPX 10.5 if that makes any difference.


Thanks in advance.

iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 12GB RAM, iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4s
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,680 points)
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    Sep 8, 2013 10:41 AM (in response to Alfredo Jahn)

    Number the images sequentially. Put them all in the timeline. Select them all. Use Control-D to set the duration.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)

    Alfredo Jahn wrote:



    We're still using FCPX 10.5 if that makes any difference.



    This is somewhat OT, but the 10.0.6 update was a major feature update. If you're in the midst of the project you may want to postpone, and/or follow Apple's update best practices



  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)

    In FCPX Preferences > Editing pane, there is an option for Still Images: Editing duration is X.xx Seconds[/Frames]. You can predefine the length of each image before applying them to the storyline (or, with the same option, upon importing the images).


    FCPX will apply multiple clip selections in the order in which they are selected in the event browse (not easy to do for 1800 clips/photos though.) However, I think you can sort by name [or date created] and Select All then apply to the storyline in one move (I usually use E to apply all clips to the End of the storyline). Group by None, Arrange clips by Name Ascending before selecting all.


    As Tom stated, you can reset the length each image is shown at any time by selecting all the images in the storyline and assigning their lengths with the viewer "clock" [Control-D, or double click on the clock and type the length in seconds.FRames - example: each image for 10 seconds 0 frames, type: '10.' (the period is necessary, the trailing zeros are not)] then type Return or Enter.


    If you have Motion, you can open a folder of sequentially numbered images as an "image sequence" and render out a movie file (you can also adjust the "timing" before export). You can also do the same with Quicktime 7 Pro (File > Open Image Sequence plus you set a frame rate for the sequence).


    If you find you have problems with timestamp names being used for image sequences, you can build a simple Automator application for (Actions) Files and Folders to 1) Get Folder Contents; 2) Sort Finder Items (by name or date created descending order) in a folder passed to (dropped on) the app, then 3) Rename Finder Items by "Make Sequential" (chosen from the dropdown menu); Add Number to new name (type a "root" name like IMG or Seq, etc.); Place number after name; Start numbers at 1; separated by dash or underscore; check Make all numbers 4 digits long.  You'll see an example at the bottom of the Rename action as You can opt to copy all the original files first, but if done correctly, it's not necessary and you end up with exactly what you want without having to manually go through every file and rename it.  Save to a convenient location and drop your images folder on the desktop icon. (Test it on a folder with just a few image duplicates first.)


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