Jun 14, 2012

How to Make Movies Out of Still Images

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?

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    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

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    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).

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

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    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..

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

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

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    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.

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    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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      Christopher Rhodes

      Tanja, I think you are just saving the project. When done, be sure to “export” not save. Should be an option. To “render video”. It should save it out as MP4 which can be watched in most players. As long as you get the timeline with all your frames, the File:Export:Render Video option should be there. Hope it helps

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        Christopher Rhodes

        After re-reading your post, maybe you exported properly but it went to a folder you weren’t aware of. You should definatley have a single file after export and not a whole folder full.

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    thanks for the video! it was great!
    quick question, I’m using this technique for 360 video of my product.
    How can align the layers and crop the canvas to fit the size when i created the image sequence
    I shot 21 images with a tripod, but the product looks like it shifts differently in each frame.
    Any help will be much appreciated!!

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    I love your site! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for a couple of days then, I decided to hit up your site. Very awesome and thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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    Ron b

    Very helpful tips for Photoshop I’d never learn otherwise. Question : i would like to do something similar but with just a few images for a technical explanation of a product using motion graphics and also panning across a still photo while narrating an audio track explanation. Any thoughts, tutorials you could recommend?

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    What is “lens VR” (“which needs to be off”)? Most of my subject is off the screen and jumping about out of frame. I expected all of my image to be in the frame not cropped out, so how do I rectify this? I think that this is the question that a previous commenter asked you. I’m guessing he understood your reply, could you elaborate please? I’ve just photlgraphed the eclipse and really want to make it into a movie for the kids. Thanking you in advance. Windows movie maker won’t go quicker than 1 second per frame, which is too slow.

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      VR is nikon’s version of stabilization, (Vibration Reduction). It’s designed more for hand held photos where you’re shaking a little for longer/darker exposures to keep your images sharp. If you have your camera on a tripod, you should never use VR, because it will always assume you are moving and try to “reduce” it which, ironically, when you’re static, will ADD motion :p

      It’s not a perfect system, but it helps on those super fast moments.

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    I’ve followed the instructions and have created a video, but it has changed the size of the pictures or should I say, it is only showing part of the still image. Is there a certain or best size for the pictures to be for the video?

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    hi, i wish to be part of your practicals so that i could learn more about photoshop. i am so interested on it and i wish to upgrade as i was using powerpoint