Still Images in Final Cut
Monday January 23rd 2006, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Final Cut

Importing hundreds or thousands of still images into an editing or animation program is a pretty ordinary task. Final Cut makes it an unnecessarily complicated process, but it can be done:

Step 1. Go to your Sequence Settings.

Step 2. Set your sequence resolution and framerate to match your still images. Notice that there’s no straightforward way to set low frame rates like 12 or 10fps, common in animation. For now, if your desired framerate isn’t offered, pick the closest even multiple. If you would like 12fps, for example, you’ll need to pick 24. Yeah, hold on, it gets better.

Step 3. Go to your User Preferences.

Step 4. In the Editing tab, set your Still/Freeze Duration to the existing frame rate divided by your desired frame rate. If you were able to set the frame rate you wanted in Step 2, then your Still/Freeze Duration should be 1 frame. If you wanted 12fps and had to settle for its closest multiple, 24, your Still/Freeze Duration should be 2 frames. Silly, isn’t it? But that’s what you’ve got to do.

Step 5. Create a new bin, and open it up.

Step 6. Making sure your new bin window is selected, import all your image files. (If you don’t select your bin window first, your still images won’t go into the bin, and the rest of this trick won’t work.)

Step 7. Drag and drop your entire bin onto your sequence timeline. The frames will now play back at their proper frame rate, ready for editing or rendering.

Great tutorial!!!

But I have some more questions…
1) Frame Size?: What frame size should I import if I want to export the final movie to dvd? Will this change if I would like to add the letterboxing (i think that is what you call it, a black frame around movie)? Will letterboxing changed the aspect ratio? Can DVDs read HD video? If so what frame size should i have? I notice on your website you use both HD and DV formats. Your newer stuff has HD format, is there a reason for this?

Comment by Sean Clute 01.31.06 @ 10:00 am

Thank you. Does this mean that I can’t have a sequence of stills that run at 18fps? I have 15000 images that I need to put on a program (which I thought would be Final Cut!) to be seen at 18fps. If not Final Cut, do you have any suggestions? Thanks again.

Comment by Maggie Cardelus 03.13.06 @ 3:01 am

I am trying to import a EPS file (lineform drawing) into final cut express 4.
What file format and dimensions should I save the image as? I need high quality

Comment by Elliott 05.20.09 @ 1:44 am