Have you resized all of your photos to no larger than 2000x1500 pixels in size, per the recommendations on this forum and in my books?
Also, have you considered doing this project in smaller parts -- say 15 minute segments. 4000 is a pretty big batch of photos to do all in one fell swoop! And if you've got even a hiccup in your operating system, it's going to fail.
But if you do your video in segments of, say, 200 photos each, you can then join the finished videos together with a lot less likelihood of choking. Here's how:
But first -- make sure your photos are no larger than 2000x1500 pixels in size!
Thanks for the response. I've been using these programs for years, but do it seldom enough that I'm not terribly proficient at it. I believe that what you suggest will cause me to have to start my project over which is disheartening since I've been working on it for a week already and have it in the desired final form.
The photos are all much larger than your suggested 2000x1500. Is there a way to batch resize them, or do I have to do so one at a time?
Is there a way to break up my existing project into smaller ones, or do I need to truly start over?
This Tips & Tricks article explains Batch Scaling in Photoshop, and a section on PsElements was added. If you do not have either Ps, or PsE, I believe that one can write a script for GIMP. I also believe that IrfanView can do Batch Scaling. Both of those image-editors is free, but I do not know their full capabilities. http://forums.adobe.com/message/2119226#2119226
If you do Batch Scale your 4000 Images, here is how I would get them into the Project:
- Do a Save_As for your existing Project (just to be safe).
- Move those Images (hopefully, they are in the same, common folder), but make note of the exact Path to them originally, say D:\[Project Name]\Stills. That folder should now be empty, but the Images will be in the folder, to which you Moved them.
- Batch Scale the original Still Images, now in another folder, using the same exact file names, BUT set the Destination to the now empty folder, in that Path.
- Open the Save_As Project.
- If you DID use the same file names, and located in that original folder (same exact absolute Path), PrE will see those Images as the linked Assets from before, but they will now be Scaled to match your Project.
- If anything goes wrong, you can empty that folder of Scaled Images, Copy, or Move the originals back to it, then Open that original Project, and you will be back to where you started. That is why I suggest doing the Save_As, as a backup, so that you do not touch the original Project's .PREL file.
I have Photoshop elements. I don't see a way to automate batch resizing of the image files. You mentioned a "Tips and Tricks" article but I don't find a link to it. I read all of the comments in the link you did supply but didn't find any information on doing the batch resize in PE. Also, my image files are jpeg. Do you recommend that I convert them to PS files before doing the batch conversion, then convert them back to jpeg - which I'm assuming I have to do because the file names need to be exactly the same.