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How to Make Movies Out of Still Images

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Jun 14

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Creating a Movie with Lightroom and Photoshop

Today I’m going to show you how to create a movie out of still images, and in this case, how to make a movie out of photos from a photobooth. This weekend I went to North Carolina to go to my brother’s wedding and while I was there I did a Photobooth for him and the wedding party!

Exporting from Lightroom

First I open Lightroom and pick out the photos I want to use in the video. Use shift + click to choose the photos you would like. Once you have all of the photos you want to use selected, right click, go down to export. An export window is then brought up. We’re going to check the box that says “Put in subfolder” and we will call that folder wedding. Then click on the drop down title that says File “Naming”, and we’re going to rename these photos. We do this so that the photos stay in order so that Photoshop can recognize the image sequence. So we check the box that says “Rename to:” and leave the setting to “Custom name – sequence” and we will label the custom text “wedding”.

Since we will be making a video with over 100′s of photos we’re going to resize the photos. Check the box underneath the title “Image Sizing”, then check the box “Resize to Fit:”. I’m going to select long edge, and set the pixels to 1400. We’re also going to slide our quality down to 50. Then click export. We’re done in Lightroom, moving onto Photoshop.

Creating a Movie with Photoshop

We’re going to go to File, then down to Open, and go to the folder with the images you want to use. We then click on the first photo we want to use, then check the box that says “Image Sequence”, then click open. Once this is done a window will pop up for you to select a Frame Rate. We’re going to go with 24, and then click OK.

A Timeline should be brought up at this point, and if it’s not just go to Window, then down to Timeline. Then you can just click play and watch your video in Photoshop. When you first press play, it’s going to play slower than you want it to, it won’t stay like that, Photoshop is just trying to render it out. If you want to add an audio track to your movie, you can simply press “Audio Track” which is in the bottom left of your timeline.

Now we’re going to export our video. To do this you go to File, Export, then to Render Video. A dialogue box will then pop up with a bunch of options available to pick. I just recommend going with the options that are already there in the preset. You then click Export, and we’re done!

Question of the Day

What music should I add to this movie? What music would fit with this kind of video?

  • Lawrence Smith

    Based on the occasion+setting I vote for LMFAO Party Rock Anthem,great party tune!

  • Brian Maiorino

    Whenever i see videos like this I can’t help but think of “Yakety Sax”

  • Yo Mama

    What an awesome episode, of course I do have a personal interest in the results.  Can’t wait for the video, but don’t make it too fast, I want to see everyone.  Thanks

  • Chad North

    Monstrosity is actually a word… I took the time to look it up and behold,,, Good video

  • fashionrisk

    I’ve done a few of these and they can be a lot fun, the only potential downside are over-indulgent party guests messing with your gear (be sure to surround your tripod & gear with the appropriate version of the velvet rope).  Also, for simplicity of setup, just set your camera’s interval timer to shoot every x seconds. That way you don’t have to be there to fire each frame with a pocket wizard, which allows you to enjoy the event too.

    For music, if you’re going to sell to a client, go with something royalty free like SmartSound or Digital Juice that can be timed to the exact length of your footage.

    Also, if you’re going to let the camera run all night, consider tethering. like Chase Jarvis did here:  or shoot at a lower resolution in jpeg mode and have a really large memory card.  As Aaron mentioned, for video you only need a jpeg that’s 1280px wide, check your camera’s user manual to see what jpeg setting comes close.  You can batch process color and white balance (see the Phlearn tutorial on Batch Processing).

  • Brad Holland

    Iv’e been diggin the sounds of Goldfish..check out Fort Knox -

  • Brad Holland

    This track by Goldfish may even be better….

  • Jason Ljunggren

    reminds me of Benny Hill

  • Aarisiaga72

    Doet this only work in CS6?

  • Photographybymel

    Is there a timeline option somewhere in CS5? I am lost at the point of ‘just go to window and timeline. 

  • Izayaa™

    I want a Macbook Pro so bad. I love Aaron’s set up, with the Macbook and the Wacom tablet. I’ll get a Mac someday..

  • Carlos Salazar

    the perfect music for that video is Fatboy Slim – weapon of choice

  • Carlos Salazar

    btw this is the link of weapon of choice ,  hope you like it ;)

  • Nick

    This is a new way to do stop montion video I didn’t know existed! Very cool!

  • Sean

    I think some old school music similar to what is in the old black and white movies with no voices

  • Vishal Diwan

    I have learned more Photography from you in last 2 months than i did in last 7 years. Thank You Aaron… You Rock :-) :-)
    This is what i created sometime back… Hope you like it.

  • Tanja Erasmus

    Thank you for this! Only one question… after exporting and rendering and you have your folder, it contains all the images that were used to make your movie, which player do you use to playback the creation? The only playback I get is in photoshop itself, please help!

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