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scott novasic
Mac OS 10.68 AE CS5 and importing numbered pict sequences
on Jul 29, 2011 at 3:29:43 am

im finishing up a new reel and a few of my files that I still use are in a numbered pict format that now can not seem to be recognized by ae anymore or media converter... i believe it said it was a 32 bit thing vs maybe the need for it to be 64? im not sure.... please tell me that I dont have to manually go and change a few thousand picts into something else just to get the animation frames into AE

not an area after all these years I have had issues with....

help

Scott

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Brian Charles
Re: Mac OS 10.68 AE CS5 and importing numbered pict sequences
on Jul 29, 2011 at 5:17:59 am

Scott, it seems you'll need to batch convert the PICTs in Photoshop.

http://forums.macworld.com/index.php?/topic/121419-preview-cant-open-pict-f...

"The PICT type was formally deprecated with the release of 10.4, nearly 5 years ago. As of 10.6, applications have to go out of their way to receive PICT data on the clipboard, because the system notices it and provides a translation to another format that's given a higher priority as far as the receiving app is concerned."



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scott novasic
Re: Mac OS 10.68 AE CS5 and importing numbered pict sequences
on Jul 29, 2011 at 5:50:01 am

I dont mean to appear lazy... but i dont know what or how to do that... never needed PS for that ... I looked at the import option... can you import the picts and export a quicktime? or convert them to jpegs? after 23 years its funny i dont know this but I appreciate the help...

i did not see in that link how to convert the folder of picts...

thanks again.

Scott

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scott novasic
Re: Mac OS 10.68 AE CS5 and importing numbered pict sequences
on Jul 29, 2011 at 5:57:31 am

ok.. i see the graphics converter app... im guessing that will do it for me i hope...

should not need photoshop then I would think...

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Walter Soyka
Re: Mac OS 10.68 AE CS5 and importing numbered pict sequences
on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:04:33 pm

I'm not sure that Photoshop will read the PICTs, anyway. I use Lemkesoft GraphicConverter for this.

If you haven't already, now is the time to migrate away from PICT sequences.

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Brian Charles
Re: Mac OS 10.68 AE CS5 and importing numbered pict sequences
on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:23:21 pm

Photoshop CS4 will read the picts, (I still keep old versions around).

You can set up an action and bath process in PS.



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Walter Soyka
Re: Mac OS 10.68 AE CS5 and importing numbered pict sequences
on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:48:42 pm

[Brian Charles] "Photoshop CS4 will read the picts"

Good to know!


[Brian Charles] "You can set up an action and bath process in PS."

If PS CS4 can read them, I'd assume that PICTs should work with the Image Processor script [link]. That could save the trouble of making the action. GraphicConverter should be significantly faster, though, as it does all the calculation directly, without the delay of a scripted host application.

If you've got Photoshop Extended CS4, you should also be able to import the image sequence [link] and export a video [link].

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scott novasic
thanks ALL... im using
on Jul 31, 2011 at 6:00:18 am

graphics converter... and YES... LOL i have NOT rendered these sequences in over 10 years... however.. I am a pretty diligent archiver and a 'few' of my older animations 'still make the cut' on my rather complex demo reel... it never occurred to me that they would somehow become unreadable in the future so I never converted them.... just kept them in their folders... there are only really 3 or 4 things tops that this relates too... but important none the less... one of the files... get ready... drum roll please... is from the old 3d app infini-d 3d LOL but ill NEVER reveal which one it is... it still holds up today and shows a tiny bit of a look I dont have on my reel... im a "generalist" so my reel tends to be pretty dense with as much variety and techniques I can fit... that of course are of a quality level I care to display...

thanks all again...

Scott

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Animation & Visual Effects
Scott Novasic
Los Angeles Ca
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