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Donny Rowles
exporting still images from FCP
on Jul 14, 2014 at 9:28:47 am

Hello. I'm working on trying to create a "Mosaic" animation - one that uses perhaps 1,000 still images that float into the frame - and in about a 7-second window - they form to create a company logo I'm doing the video for.

My problem is - I don't have 1,000 still images from my client - so I would like to take those stills from video I've shot. But - I don't have time to export 1000 stills using the standard still image export option.

Anyone have an idea for how I could export a bunch of images from FCP from video footage?

Thanks in advance,
Best,
Donny


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Nick Meyers
Re: exporting still images from FCP
on Jul 14, 2014 at 11:55:21 am

there's a few ways, here's one"

export your current edit
(is your show rendered? then export a reference movie, it;s faster, and ok for what you need to do)

bring it back in,
and cut it into a timeline, but instead of a normal edit, use FIT TO FILL.

mark in & outs around the usable content of the show in the viewer,
in a new timeline, ad an in point at the beginning,
right click on the duration field of teh canvas and set it to frames,
and type 1000 into the duration,

then do a fit-to fill edit,
so you get a fairly even representation of your show in 1000 frames,

then export the timeline as an image sequence.
(export using quicktime conversion)


nick


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Donny Rowles
Re: exporting still images from FCP
on Jul 14, 2014 at 2:56:11 pm

Hi Nick,

Thanks for sharing this technique - it all works great - and I LOVE how you're getting a "great sampling" of all the footage of the piece - my problem is - I'm doing all the steps - and then at the end - when I try to export an image sequence it says "general error". I can export other timelines and .mov's as image sequences - but for some reason FCP (7) doesn't want to let me export this particular sequence (or .mov - I tried exporting the sequence as an .mov - and brought that back into FCP - to no avail.) so it says "General Error."


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Nick Meyers
Re: exporting still images from FCP
on Jul 15, 2014 at 12:05:06 am

hi Donny.
hard to say what's going on, it works for me.

generally when i get that in FCP, it's a RAM issue, and i close all other sequences,
and often have to re-start FCP, sometimes the computer.

another possible problem could be if your footage is non i-frame:
what format is your footage?
when you made thew new sequence, does it match? (the fit to fill edit wont give you a prompt to match sequence to footage)


nick


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Donny Rowles
Re: exporting still images from FCP
on Jul 15, 2014 at 3:18:09 pm

Got it - I got it to work after shutting down FCP and my computer.
works well! Thanks again!

Donny


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