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Greg Ball
PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 18, 2013 at 7:55:35 pm

We shot a series of presentations at a conference. Some presenters gave us PowerPoint slides which we're able to convert to tiff files for editing in FCP.

However several presentations were given to us as PDF files. Can someone advise me on how to convert those slides from PDF files to tiff files and import them into either FCP or Motion 4?

Thanks.


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Mark Suszko
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:01:07 pm

I do this all the time by opening the PDF using Preview, then "save as" which gets you to a box with numerous choices such as TIF.


This is kind of my usual tool when I want to blow up a map or office form really huge, so I can then do impressive "fly-overs" of the image in Motion, without the flickering of thin lines aliasing all over.

There's probably three better ways, but this is what I do and it works for me.


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Greg Ball
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:29:30 pm

Thanks Mark. But there are 60 slides, and this is only allowing me to save 1 slide, even if I select all first.
Any thoughts?



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Mark Suszko
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:54:59 pm

I just tried to replicate your problem. I made a three-slide powerpoint, exported it to /pdf. Opened the PDF using Preview. Was able to export all three tiffs using the export>select tif command. I dunno, maybe our versions are not the same, but it's working for me.

My last trick is to use the free grab tool in the utilities folder to capture things off the screen. Sorry you have to do it 60 times. I don't have photoshop here at home, but you might check there to open the pdf and then do a batch convert on the pages.


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Steve Eisen
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:19:56 am

Get the PowerPoint Presentations from the ones that did not give them to you. It will make your workflow much easier. Make sure your slides are video safe.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Creative Pro Users Group


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Greg Ball
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:34:18 am

Steve, thanks but that's not going to happen. There must be a better way to do this.



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Dave Farrants
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:44:43 am

FileJuicer ($17.95) will extract all the image files from PDF's and save in one folder as TIFFS - http://echoone.com/filejuicer/

Web - http://www.foxvideo.co.uk
Blog - http://foxvidpro.blogspot.co.uk/


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Greg Leslie
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 3:34:47 am

If you have Photoshop you can open all (or selected) pages and rasterize them at a specified pixel size, then save the individual files however you want. You may need to add a background white layer, if you see transparency in the pages.


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Mark Suszko
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:12:29 pm

I figured as much, since Adobe owns PDF technology, it makes sense Photoshop can manipulate it some.


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Greg Ball
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:23:45 pm

Actually I tried Photoshop but it keeps crashing because of the number of slides. That's not a good solution for me.



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Mark Suszko
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:52:50 pm

Greg, what's your hardware/software setup?


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Greg Ball
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 3:45:52 pm

I have mac pro intel. Fcp 7.0.3 Osx 10.6.8



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Mark Suszko
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:58:32 pm

Same setup here; don't know why mine works and yours doesn't.

Do you have GIMP installed? From a web forum:



When you open a PDF into GIMP you can request it open in layers.
Then you can increase the canvas size to accommodate all the layers. Most of the time this is a height requirement.
Then you turn off the view for all but the last page using the eyeball icon button on each layer.
Then click on the 'Move' tool and slide the page to the bottom.
Then click on the eyeball icon to view the next to last page.
Then, again, using the 'Move' tool slide that page above the bottom one.
Then do the same for the rest of the pages.
Save the file as XCF format, GIMP's native format.
Then when you are done with alignment, print to PDF.

Now, I am experiencing with GIMP on Ubuntu Linux that if I print it any which way somehow CUPS prints in the zoom size (for me, 33.3%) that is result of the above steps rather than at 100% even though the GIMP output is 100%. I check the canvas size, image size and print size and all are correct. I am not understanding why CUPS is doing this. So, I have to increase the print zoom/scale size (usually to 200%) accordingly in order for it to print properly. I suppose I am missing some adjustment in this process but this does work.

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August 31, 2012 - 14:50 — buddhaflow
MUCH easier way.
Wait wait wait! Hold the horses! There is a MUCH easier way to save multi page PDF via GIMP, hat tip to Patrick Nagel.

1) Reverse order of layers (page one is bottom layer)
2) Save as .mng
3) On command line, 'convert file.mng file.pdf'

You need ImageMagick installed of course, or GraphicsMagick I think in Windows.

Done! So easy! :D


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Ryan Holmes
Re: PDF slides imported into FCP
on Jul 22, 2013 at 1:57:57 am

Use Automator to do this. Real fast and easy.

Create a new workflow. Then add these three commands in this order (use the search box in Automator to quickly find these commands):

(1) Ask for Finder Items (allows you to select your PDF file on your system)
(2) Render PDF Pages as Images (converts the PDF pages to the format/resolution of your choice)
(3) Move Finder Items (allows you to specify where you want to save the final output)

When you're done using the workflow save it. I guarantee you it'll come in handy again and again! :-D

Ryan Holmes
http://www.ryanholmes.me
@CutColorPost


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