1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 20, 2010 11:40 AM by QuickTimeKirk
Carbonyl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello everyone,

I have a quick, and perhaps silly, question regarding iMovie `11. I just got my hands on the software with my a New MacBook pro 15", and I'm hoping that I can use the application to create animations! Basically, is there any way for me to use iMovie to string together a series of still images with timing constraints, to create an animation?

For example, let's say I have 150 separate JPG files that represent the individual frames of animation. I want frames 1-50 to display for exactly 250 ms, followed by a long hold on frame 51 for 1 sec, and then move onward to display frames 52-149 at 400 ms, with a final pause on frame 150 for 2 sec. I'd also want no transition time between frames.

Is there a way in iMovie to set the exact timing of each frame, modify the timing of a group of frames, etc.? I'm still learning how to use it, but from what I can tell, the shortest period of time a single frame can be displayed looks like .1 sec, which isn't quite quick enough for smooth animation. Is there some way to get finer control over the frame display time?

Sorry for the lame questions, but any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9 (51,125 points)
    QuickTime Player Pro would be a better tool. It can import "image sequences" from a folder of similarly sized files in just a few seconds.
    To adjust the "timing" simply add (scaled) the new video track to a properly timed audio file. Then join all the files into one and delete the audio tracks.
    The whole process should only take ten minutes.