[This article was first published in the July, 2006, issue of
Larry’s Final Cut Pro Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.
Updated 8/19/2006 and May, 2007 ]
Dick Osso wrote in with a question that has generated a LOT of responses:
MY KINGDOM for a fix to this!!!!
I’ve got a problem that maybe you haven’t been asked……
If I’ve recorded an event and from that video, I want to make 100 stills to put into some slideshow, I have to do the following steps:
Larry, that’s 12 key strokes…. times 100 images, or 1,200 key strokes! Help!
Larry replies: Dick, a faster way to create stills is to export your sequence as an image sequence. Here are the steps:
To export as an image sequence:
This should be much quicker.
Update #1 : As I was writing this, Brian Taylor sent me a write-up of how he creates still frames of his video files. It’s a one-page 65KB PDF file which you can download here.
Just after publishing this newsletter, Nick Meyers, from Down Under, wrote in with a better idea:
Exporting as an image sequence is a nice bit of lateral thinking, but here’s a more direct way — use
Here are the steps:
Larry replies: Nick, this is a very slick, and much faster, workaround. Thanks.
Michael Grenadier writes:
Regarding your tip last month on exporting still frames, if you make a subclip of an individual frame you don’t have to drag to the bin. I duplicate my sequence and put it in a new bin and then park on the frame, mark in, mark out, make subclip.
Larry replies: Thanks, Michael. I’ll add this to the list.
Robert Garry writes in with one more suggestion:
Here’s another way to export the stills quicker:
Just place them in a timeline that corresponds to your frame size and export using QT Conversion. The stills end up exporting in the aspect ratio of your sequence.
Larry replies: Thanks! Keep in mind that using QuickTime Conversion downsamples video to 8-bits, which can cause color banding.