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Video to Pictures
Posted: 31 Jan 2007 09:23 AM
I realize that generally we all want to go from photos to video using Movie Maker or Photo Story, but is there a way to create a series of photos from a video without doing them one at a time? I've been looking around Movie Maker and can't seem to see any way to do it.

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Greg

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 31 Jan 2007 12:13 PM
I put a clip on the timeline of Movie Maker, apply a custom effect that speeds up the video by a factor of 149.67857 times for NTSC or 75 times for PAL... and then save it to a high quality wmv file.

Then I use TMPGEnc to save the file as a series of BMP images.... and I get a set of pictures as if I had used the snapshot feature of Movie Maker, taken at exactly 5 second intervals. That's the default duration of a picture in Photo Story 3, so bringing them into a PS3 project gets you them playing at 'real time'.

If you want a copy of my 'Speed Change' effect file... I'll add it to my website.

I use wmv format instead of DV-AVI because wmv automatically de-interlaces the video... while pix from a DV-AVI file include interlacing.


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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 31 Jan 2007 01:56 PM
Thanks PAPA JOHN. I'll try that. I also found some software for about $40 that will do it. I haven't tried it yet, but I'll write back if it's worthwhile.

Thanks.

Greg

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 31 Jan 2007 02:01 PM
I also use VirtualDub a lot to get the frames of a movie. It's rather simple. You open up the movie (which must be in .avi format) in VirtualDub, and then choose to save it as a sequence of images. The result is a picture per frame.

You can also do the reverse. So if you edit some of your frames (say to add special effects to a sequence of them) you can again open VirtualDub, choose to open the first frame (which implicitly opens the whole sequence) then save it back out as uncompressed AVI.

VirtualDub is free, so you can save yourself $40 if you like.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 31 Jan 2007 02:20 PM
Thanks again. I've used VideoDub before so I have it on my PC. The software I had found and not yet tried is Videosnaps 7.x by NeuralTek. Of course free is better.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 02 Feb 2007 08:05 AM
Hi PapaJohn,

Just downloaded version 1.5.17 of Virtualdub and it seems to be able to split mpeg files into frames also. The input file I tested with was a mpeg video and Virtualdub created about 1680 frames. I haven't checked on your web site, been really busy, but if you could post the Speed software you mentioned above I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 02 Feb 2007 11:49 AM
I just added the downloadable custom speed up effect to my Photo Story 3 > Do Amazing Things page.

Be careful to check for interlacing issues on the still pix. Using MM2 to save to a high quality wmv file automatially deinterlaces... VirtualDub has a deinterlace filter but I havn't tested it to see if the still pix are as good as coming from a WMV file.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 02 Feb 2007 12:03 PM
Thanks, I'll check all that stuff out. I'll also download the speed add-on.

Thanks again

Greg

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 03 Feb 2007 07:40 AM
Hi,

One last question, hopefully. IfI use an XML editor can I change the speed to a different value? Say for example I wanted a picture every second could I change the speed from 149.9... to 29.9... to get the effect I am looking for?

Thanks,

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 03 Feb 2007 11:15 AM
You don't even need an XML editor; you can edit it with Notepad.

Here's some sample code that should slow the video down to 1 frame per second. The speed number comes from 1 / 29.9.

<TransitionsAndEffects Version="1.0">
<Effects>
<EffectDLL guid="{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}">
<Effect name="Slow down, 1 fps" iconid="31" speed="0.0334448" comment="Slow down, 1 fps">
</Effect>
</EffectDLL>
</Effects>
</TransitionsAndEffects>


BTW, you've probably noticed this does interesting things to the audio. Smiley

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 03 Feb 2007 11:22 AM
Thanks PapaJohn. Actually I haven't tried it yet. I was going to try for 1 frame per second first. Thanks for the code.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 03 Feb 2007 11:28 AM
Actually, this is Blaine... I popped into PJ's thread. Big Smile

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 03 Feb 2007 11:33 AM
Sorry about that. I'm working with the slow down stuff now. I don't know if I'm going to get the effect I am looking for or not, but what the heck.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 03 Feb 2007 12:06 PM
you can tweak the numbers in my xml file to whatever you want... for one frame per second it's easy, just use the framerate number of the source file

.... but then mine is 'speed up', not 'slow down'... maybe you're doing something different than I'm thinking.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 04 Feb 2007 08:18 AM
Thanks PapJohn,

I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do. I know I want frames from a video that I want to use in Photostory. After that I'm just fgoing to try different things to see what works best.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 04 Feb 2007 12:27 PM
yup, that's how I settled in a frame rate for the stories I've done.... do a test and see what works best

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 04 Feb 2007 12:59 PM
Thanks. I played with it a little this morning and what seems to be working so far, except that I may have to speed it up a little bit yet, is applying the Speed up - double effect four times. Although when I watch the result it is a little to choppy. I'm thinking for what I'm doing, a marching band, MSU, entrance - fanfare - fight song, five seconds per picture may be too long. One to two seconds is probably what may work best. Or, it may turn out that something like this is better left as the original video clip.

Thanks again. Off to experimenting.

Greg

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 04 Feb 2007 01:11 PM
.... I'm assuming you're using Mark Coffman's TweakPS utlity to vary the duration as you test it... it makes such things too easy.

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Re: Video to Pictures
Posted: 04 Feb 2007 01:21 PM
Yep! The time consuming part is getting rid of pictures as I increase the duratiion because the audio clip is a fixed duration. But, at least it's fun to play with.

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