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Creating Slideshows from Image Sequences

QuickTime Pro lets you create animated slideshows from a series of still images. For example, if you want to add some images to a presentation or broadcast some images on a website, instead of displaying them individually, you can have QuickTime Pro produce a slideshow movie. You can even add an audio track that plays as your slides appear.

To make your slideshow look right in QuickTime Pro, you first need to prepare your images.

  1. Edit your still images so that they all have the same frame size, cropping or scaling the images as necessary.
  2. Place all your images in a folder and give the images sequential numeric values. The image with the lowest number will be the first image that QuickTime places in the slideshow when it imports the folder; then it will place the rest in order.
  3. Open QuickTime Pro and choose File > Open Image Sequence.
  4. In the Open window, navigate to the first file in the sequence and click Open. It’s important to select the first file in the sequence to ensure that QuickTime Pro imports all the files in order.
  5. In the Image Sequence Settings window, choose a frame rate for the slideshow from the “Frame rate” pop-up menu. Then click OK.
  6. Save the slideshow as a QuickTime movie by choosing File > Save.

    You can use some of the skills you learned earlier in this chapter and in Chapter 3 to enliven your slideshows. For example, you could add a custom skin or a company logo; you can even add a soundtrack to the image sequence by following these steps.

  7. Open a QuickTime-compatible audio file in QuickTime Pro.
  8. Select the image sequence movie that you saved in step 6 and choose Edit > Select All; then choose Edit > Copy.
  9. Select the audio file and choose Edit > Add to Selection & Scale. This command matches the length of the slideshow to the length of your soundtrack. Remember that because you’re adding and scaling, the slideshow’s duration will change. For example if you start with a two-minute slideshow and scale it into a one-minute audio file, the slideshow will play twice as fast.
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