SIX SECOND ANIMATED FILM STRIP

 

 

THINGS YOU NEED

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Premiere Pro (or an equivalent professional editing software) to convert frames and add music.

Drawing Tablet Recommended. While you can have some fun drawing with your mouse the Photoshop brushes work best with a tablet and pen.

32 GB RAM or greater. The Film StripHD.atn script generates a larger than 10K x 20K file.

 

Optional: Quicktime Player 7 You will need a registered Pro version to load and convert Images Sequences. Since QT 7 is no longer sold or supported by Apple you may need to search a bit to find a registration code.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

A. SET UP PHOTOSHOP TOOLS

B. OPEN NEW PHOTOSHOP PROJECT/FILE AND CREATE FILMSTRIP

C. COMPRESS LAYERS, RUN CROPPING SCRIPT AND EXPORT FRAMES

D. CREATE MOVIE IN PREMIERE PRO

E. OPTIONAL: CREATE MOVIE IN QUICKTIME 7 PRO

F. CREATING AUDIO WAVE GRAPHICS FOR SYNCING TO AUDIO (ADVANCED)

 

A. SET UP PHOTOSHOP TOOLS

      1. Download FILM STRIP HD.atn file

      2. Go to the Photoshop/Window menu in the top toolbar and check the following panels: Action Script, Brushes, and Layers.

      3. Load .atn file from the Actions panel menu. Load Action Scripts. . .

      4. Download free Photoshop brushes here. Save them to your hard drive in a Photoshop "Tools" folder and then import from the Brush menu. Import Brushes. . .

 

B. OPEN NEW PHOTOSHOP PROJECT/FILE AND CREATE FILMSTRIP

1. Open new PSD document. Use the default 7in x 5in 300dpi. Save it to a project folder. You'll be adding folders to this later.

2. Run "1_Film Strip Frame x3" action script and then Zoom out to full frame with (Cmd 0) .

3. Choose a brush and color and begin drawing on "layer 0" under the "Frame" layer. You can add layers with the "Add Layer" action.

4. When you are finished drawing remember to SAVE YOUR FILE.

 

C. COMPRESS LAYERS, RUN CROPPING SCRIPT AND EXPORT FRAMES

1. If you have multiple layers compress to single layer by selecting them and using the merge layer command (Cmd E). Do NOT include the "Frame" layer. You should now have a "Frame" layer and a single "Layer 0" layer. DO NOT SAVE.

2. Zoom out with (Cmd 0) to full frame.

3. Run "2_Film Strip Crop x3" action script. Each frame will be distributed to its own layer and cropped to 1920 x 1080.

4. Go to File/Export/Layers to Files . . . export as .jpg files. Browse to your project folder and create a new "Frames" folder. Check "Visible files only". Click on "Run". Browse to your Frames folder in Adobe Bridge to get a visual on your exported frames. You should have 72.

 

D. CREATE MOVIE IN PREMIERE PRO

      1. Set your still frame preference to a single frame. Preferences/Timeline/Still Image Default Duration to 1 Frame.

      2. Create a new sequence in Premiere Pro. File/New/Sequence. . . and use the following custom settings. Custom/12 fps/1920 x 1080.

      3. Drag entire "Frames" folder from your project folder to the Premiere Project window and then drag it into the new sequence timeline. Hit play.

      4. File/Export Media. . . (Cmd M) to Export Movie.

       

    E. OPTIONAL: CREATE MOVIE IN QUICKTIME 7 PRO

1. For this option you will need a registered Pro version of Quicktime Player 7 to enable Open Image Sequence. You can download the application here but you will need to purchase or find your own registration code.

2. Since QT 7 can't recognize the complicated file name from the Photoshop Layers Export you will need to use Adobe Bridge "Batch Rename" to rename them. Select all (cmd/A) of your exported images in sequence and select the right mouse menu/Batch Rename. . . Assign a new test filename and a Sequence Number set to at least three sequential digits. Click OK.

3. Load Image sequence into Quicktime 7. Go to File/Open Image Sequence. . . browse to the panels folder and selecting the first image. Choose 12 fps and click open.

4. Save movie as "Self-contained movie file.

 

F. CREATING AUDIO WAVE GRAPHICS FOR SYNCING TO AUDIO (ADVANCED)

      If we haven't lost you yet you may be ready to take your animation to the next level by animating to a specific audio file with frame-by-frame accuracy. The trick to this is all in the set-up, which is a bit tedious, but what part of making films one-frame-at-a-time isn't tedious. :-).

      1. Setting up a Project File Structure: You can imagine that this could get a little complicated, so file naming and organization is crucial. You can download a zip file of an entire project file structure here for an example of how to set up your files before animating.

      2. Breaking down the Audio File: To begin breaking down your audio you will need to load your original file into premiere and create a 12 fps sequence. The rest of the settings don't really matter since we will only be using Premiere to break down our audio into 6 second clips (72 frames) the same frame count as the six-second film strip template.

       

      3. Frame-grabs of of the Audio Wave Graphics: From there, you'll break each 6 second clip into thirds and do a frame grab (cmd/shift/4) of each wave file in your sequence timeline (see below).

      Once I have my frame-grab files stored in their respective folders, I use Adobe Bridge "Batch Rename" and "rotate tool" finish them.

      4. Loading Wave Graphics: Finally, you can now load the wave Graphics into your working Photoshop file and use the transform tool (cmd T) to stretch and align each graphic alongside the frame template.

       

      5. Happy Animating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephan Leeper/Central Michigan University 2019