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Chapter 9. Video and MPEG Tracks > Creating Video Tracks from a Sequence of Sti...

Creating Video Tracks from a Sequence of Still Images

Because video tracks normally are composed of a sequence of images, it makes sense that you can create a video track by putting together a bunch of still images. You might want to do this if you have a collection of images that you want to use in a slide show. Or you could have an animation program that does not support QuickTime but can export an animation as a sequence of still images.

To create a video track from a sequence of still images:

1.
Give each still-image file a common name with a sequential number (picture1, picture2, picture3, and so on); then place all the files in the same folder.

2.
From the File menu, choose Open Image Sequence (Figure 9.6) to display the Open dialog box.

Figure 9.6. When you have a numbered sequence of images that you want to turn into a QuickTime movie, choose File > Open Image Sequence.


3.
Select any of the sequentially named files, and click Open (Figure 9.7).

Figure 9.7. Select any of the files in the sequence, and click Open.


The Image Sequence Settings dialog box appears.

4.
Specify a frame rate for the movie (Figure 9.8).

Figure 9.8. In the Image Sequence Settings dialog box, pick a frame rate. The choices at the bottom of the menu are best for slide shows; the choices at the top are best for conveying a sense of motion.


5.
Click OK.

A new movie window appears. The movie contains the images you numbered sequentially and plays at the frame rate you specified.

6.
From the File menu, choose Save As, and save the file as a self-contained movie. If you don’t save as a self-contained movie, the movie will require the original still images for playback.


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