I am planning a video using lots of stills in rapid succession interspersed with a few short videos. I'll probably have a couple of hundred stills and maybe a half dozen film clips. The stills are all 12 mega pixels in their original resolution; they come from three different cameras and are a mix of landscape or portrait orientations. The clips are from a Canon point and shoot, or from an iPhone. The final video will be 720x480.
I'm using CS6 (Photoshop and Premier Pro mostly at this stage) on a Mac Mini running OS 10.7 (Lion.)
My questions are:
1. Is there a way to change the default length that a still is displayed in the timeline. Right now the default length is 5 seconds, but I'd like to change that to about 0.5 or 1.0 second. I don't want to have to change the display time of each still as I place it in the program window.
2. Is there a comprehensive way to select all the files I want, resample them to the right resolution and drop them in my project folder. Photoshop has a batch processor, which doesn't look useful for my purpose, and an image processor, which almost meets my needs except I can't select files, only whole folders. I suppose I could move all the files I want to use to a separate folder and then use the image processor to resample them, etc. Is this the most efficient workflow? Can the images be resampled in Premier Pro directly?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
1. Preferences/General/Still Image Default Duration.
2. Batch resizing is done in Photoshop, something PP cannot do.
PP can downsize the stills to 100% when using Scale to fit framesize, but you will still be stuck with the 12 mega pixels for each still.
>>2, move all the files I want
Bridge will let you review a large collection of photos while using the "set rating" feature, even in slide show mode. Rate the photos, review the rated ones, rate the ones you really want higher and then restrict the collection to the highest rating. Once you can have a set you can use Tools/Photoshop/Image Process to resize them to fit your project. Bridge also has a bulk rename which may be useful if you are say sending large collections of sequential images into your video project and you want a predicable sort order (by file name) when they get there. (You could prepend A_, B_ for logical labels or "SunSet_" "SunRise_" etc for more descriptive ones.)
First of all, the duration of photos is set in Preferences prior to importing the photos. (Edit - Preferences - General)
Once they are in the project you have to select them and change their duration. Better to do it before they are imported.
Second, there is no need to resample the image prior to importing it into Premiere Pro. Just set the motion effect (Scale) to what you want to use using one of the images on the timeline and then copy the effect and paste it on to the other images. That way you can pan and scan to your heart's content without a loss of quality as long as you stay 100% or under by manipulating the Scale parameter.
Thanks everyone for the replies. I've taken all your advice and my workflow is now proceeding smoothly. I'm using Bridge and its connection to Photoshop to batch resample all the photos to a suitable size and it's working well.
>> there is no need to resample the image prior to importing it into
There are/were/may still be bugs in Premiere related to encoding very large
stills. And large stills keep getting larger with today's SLR's. And if
you are dealing with a very large number of them I would think it'll take
longer to preview and encode scaled images than if they were re-sized
before hitting the sequence.
It sounds like you had success and your questions answered. I have a very simple one that you likely found in your searching; all I want is to take the landscape picture and turn it to portrait to fit the time line. I have searched and can't find the answer. I found flipping the photo, but not changing orientation. Can you help? Thanks!
You can adjust the Fixed (automatically added to each Clip/Still Image, when dragged to the Timeline) Effect>Rotation.
Now, as Video is horizontal, when one uses a portrait orientation Clip, or Still, in the horizontal Video Frame, one will have black bars, or need to effectively crop the Still and Scale it to fit the width.
If you have portrait orientation Stills, you might find this article useful: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2471303#2471303
How one handles the treatment of a "background," is only limited by their imagination.
I hope Bill Hunt's reply answered your question. The link he provided was very useful. Though I didn't quite follow all the directions in the link he provided, the accompanying video clip was quite good. I think I'll be incorporating the "framed stills" over some kind of benign background in my future slide shows.
If you still have some questions, let me know.
If you have a moment, please send me a PM (Private Message), and let me know which steps were cloudy. I can modify the article to do a better job of explaining what I was doing there.
thank you for your reply!!
Actually, "Effect>rotation" would be great if I could find it. Where is this elusive "rotation" effect command? I've looked and looked. In folders and sub folders. ? Maybe I'm blind. It must be right in my face?