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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #19

Importing image sequences By Stephen Schleicher
The easiest way to transfer files between systems is through image sequences. Back in the day (1998), transferring content from the PC to the Mac or vice versa was best done with image sequences. Then as codecs became more universal, and being able to read files cross platform became more stable, the need for image sequences has greatly decreased. However, there are times when image sequences are the only available option for your system. Unfortunately, while Final Cut Pro 3.0 does allow you to import nearly every type of file including stills, there is not a built in ?Import Image Sequence feature. In this Quick Tip, Ill show you two methods to import image sequences into Final Cut Pro 3.0.

To demonstrate this, Ill use an image sequence rendered out of Adobe After Effects. This animation is a variation of the 2 D exercise I wrote earlier this week mixed with some David Nagel flair.

The first method requires you to make a change in your Final Cut Pro Preferences. Under the General Tab, you will notice that by default Final Cut Pro 3 sets the default time for an imported image to 10 seconds. It does this so you have a large enough clip to work with. If you change the Still Frame Duration to 1 frame (highlight the time range and just type 1), any new image you import will only be one frame long.

Next import your numbered image sequence into your Final Cut Pro bin and highlight all of the images in order.

Now just add the selected files to the Timeline. Because your image sequence is numbered sequentially, you are essentially creating a long series of single frame edits.

Following your successful (and easy) import and edit method, you will need to render the sequence.

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