I'm currently trying to create a timelapse movie via Premiere Elements 10, but I am struggling to figure this out. After three days of searching the web for tutorials, and watching every PSE video on YouTube, this is my last resort. Every time I import my photos (all 4,000+ of them) they get imported at 05:00 clips opposed to still images. I've tried going to Edit/Preferences/General to change my single image duration, but I can't find anything that makes sense. Under Stop Motion settings it lists number of skins and opacity.. I'm brand new to video editing so I'm unsure of how opacity is used for timelapse/stop-motion stuff, but what are skins? Anyway, I'm finding myself getting really frustrated here because everything online says to click the capture stop-motion button or what have you, and I can't find anything of the sort.
You must make sure to change the Still Image Duration in Preferences BEFORE you bring the photos into your project. The changes to Preferences only affect media added AFTER the change.
And, of course, make sure your photos are no larger than 1000x750 pixels in size, per our recommendations here and in my books, or you'll likely overload the program.
you figure this out? I'm in the same boat... I see adobe documentation helping you do a live capture timelapse, but not if you already have stills. I know how to set the duration before the import... but how do you drag more than one still to the timeline at a time? I'm not dragging for each image.....
Neale has covered getting the entire Import to the Timeline nicely, so you should now be able to quickly get them where you want them.
For Timelapse, I find that for most of my subjects, a Duration of about 3 - 5 Frames (not seconds) works nicely. However, depending on both the subject and frequency of your shots, plus the exact look that you want, a different Duration, from say 1 Frame to 10 Frames, might be the best choice. Even with similar subjects and frequencies, I will do a test, with but a few Still Images, and explore the various Durations.
Also, if you plan on using, say Cross-Dissolves between them, you can also adjust the Duration of the default Transition, before you place those, to accommodate the look that you wish.
Nealeh... thanks... not sure how I didn't think of that method, works great.
Bill, thanks for your thoughts. speaking of transitions... is there a way to do a transition that lasts for more than one still image? Whenever I drag the transition over it snaps to the end of an image, and the transition cannot be forced to be longer than the duration of the image its attached to. I was thinking of getting a clear video layer and applying transitions to that, but there must be a simpler / easier way than that...
If you have Transitions on both ends of a Clip, or Still Image, they cannot be longer than half of the Duration of that Clip, or Still Image. Most Transitions require Handles, to function properly. This ARTICLE goes into more detail, and I think that it will explain why one needs to adjust the Duration of a Transition, to be accommodated by the Clip, or Still Image.
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