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Alexa Lee
Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Jan 30, 2017 at 11:09:49 pm

Hi there

I received hundreds of image files from a motion designer. After importing them, my Event Library is now full of those image files. It becomes hard to see anything and I have to scroll down the list of image files from the image sequence.

Is there a way to put them in a folder in the event library? I understand that Folders can keep keywords together, but I'm needing them in the Event Library

Thanks,

Alexa

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Noah Kadner
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Jan 31, 2017 at 1:44:43 am

You could also just make a Stills event and further organize it by keyword. Lots of ways you could do that. However, you'll always see all files at the default Library view.

Noah

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James Cude
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Jan 31, 2017 at 11:20:59 pm

Out of curiosity, are those still frames of an image sequence?


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Alexa Lee
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Jan 31, 2017 at 11:29:02 pm

Yes, I guess to avoid the massively long list of files, could use quicktime? Have not tried it though

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Noah Kadner
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Feb 1, 2017 at 6:14:04 am

oh yeah if it's image sequences there's zero benefit to bringing them in as frames into X. I'd open in QT and export as ProRes HQ- you'll be all set.

Noah

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Alexa Lee
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Feb 4, 2017 at 10:24:05 am

Thanks for the info all. Been wondering about this for a while and was stumped

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Mark Smith
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Feb 5, 2017 at 1:37:20 pm

I find i am frequently working. With time lapse sequences from digital stills cameras. Compressor can be used to create image sequences from series of stills . While i have created images sequences inside X , its far better to make an image sequence outside of x and then import the .mov. You end up with less clutter in your browser, and X runs better without hundreds or thousands of discreet image files in he library.


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Alexa Lee
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Feb 11, 2017 at 10:30:07 pm

thanks for the info, will change the workflow to make sequences before importing

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Mark Smith
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Feb 12, 2017 at 1:09:38 am

I think you'll be far happier with this workflow. I started out building time lapses in X and its ok as long as your stills equences are limited in the amount of photos. When I got into having thousands of photos in a long sequence X could still pull it off but it clearly was a strain.

Making an image sequence in compressor at native photo resolution ( say 4kX3K pixels) and then bringing the resulting pro res file into x streamlines the editing process. If you make your image sequence resolution native to the stills, once you bring it into X you have the option of sizing the image to your time line or using the native resolution and doing crops and moves on the image sequence which might be significantly larger than a 1920x1080 project time line.


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Alexa Lee
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Mar 6, 2017 at 11:56:07 pm

Hi Mark

I tried this today - Using Compressor. I have .png files -- not compatible?

After If I try to select the files, I can't even do that - won't let me select them



I've tried to drop them into the batch folder, but then it seems ok with the files but wants to handle each one -- one by one and make each image file a "job" -- not letting me put them all together.

Compressor doesn't like .png files?

I guess I will go back to just dropping them into FCP (not making the .mov), making events like Noah mentioned.

That said - the issue there is that the time is the off...does anyone ever notice that?

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Alexa Lee
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Mar 7, 2017 at 1:36:54 am

I created the .movs in Motion. It was easy

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Mark Smith
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Mar 7, 2017 at 1:56:56 am

Making image sequences in compressor is best done with all the images in a folder which is likely why it didn't work for you . Put all the images from you sequence in one folder. I usually use a third party app to rename and re number image sequence files prior to processing with compressor so that the names reflect something related to their content .
If by some chance compressor won't support .png files you can always get graphic converter which will batch convert graphic files from one format to another then convert your .png's to some other friendlier format. Motion as you have discovered, will also do a fine job, I just find the compressor route faster for most of my needs.


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Alexa Lee
Re: Image Files - Stills After Import, How to organize
on Mar 8, 2017 at 7:26:07 am

Thanks, good tip on the file batch conversion

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