Hi there. I am new to Final Cut, recently switching over from Sony Vegas on my old Windows PC. As well as working with video, I also work with stop motion animation quite often. In Sony Vegas, there was an option known as 'importing image sequences', where a number of still images could be imported as a clip, in order to add effects to the clip as a whole instead of individually frame by frame.
I am using Final Cut Express rather than Pro, which I've heard may make a difference in this particular area. I've heard of people using Quicktime Pro to import image sequences, which can be enabled with Final Cut Pro, but not Express. Is there a way to do this without spending 30 bucks on Quicktime Pro?
Final Cut Express is very limited in what it can do. Image sequences aren't in it's repertoire. That is a professional workflow option, and for that you need professional software. i.e. Final Cut Pro and QT Pro.
So, rather than shelling out the additional hundreds for FCP, why not $30 for QT Pro. Import the image sequence, then export to a format that FCE works with.