Rendering Animation Frames >
STEP by STEP > N O T E S :
1. After saving your completed ‘Frame Folder’ (comprised of 75 or more… .jpg frames)…
2. Open Photoshop (CC)
3. Go to WINDOW (on the menu bar) > Timeline >
4. On the Timeline, notice the ‘Add Media’ Icon that looks like a tiny film strip (or a piece of film, spliced) >
Click on the film strip (add media icon/button) > Add Media
5. This will prompt you to search for your ‘Frame Folder’ (of 75 + completed .jpg frames).
6. Select all of the frames (individual .jpg files) – Shift + Select (all frames) > Open
7. At first these frames will appear as ‘video clips’ which we cannot easily edit unless we convert them to a frame animation sequence >
8. To ‘Convert to Frame Animation’ > look for the icon/button in the bottom left corner of the Timeline panel (palette), that looks like three tiny squares (side by side). Select the ‘Convert to Frame Animation’ icon/button < *shown in screenshot above
9. Notice the video clips (the default setting) have been converted to singular animation frames, with editable percentages of time-lapse (speed of time… editing… is possible on each frame).
10. Edit the drop-down time-frame, one frame at a time (the most time consuming step) >
*Look for the drop-down menu at the base of each frame… where it is easy to change the frame-rate to a more natural speed, such as 0.5, or select Other > and change it to 0.4, or 0.3… parts of a second >
*If you want to return to this step, later, to edit the time-lapse according to your audio rhythm, you may want to speed up or slow down the frames, until they harmonize >
11. Select the first frame on the timeline, if you want to ( > ) play (test) the sequence >
12. It is also possible to ‘Tween’ (create a dissolve transition) between two frames (at a time). Before ‘Tweening’, it is necessary to select the two frames – between which – you want to create a ‘dissolve’ transition >
13. In order to ‘Tween’ – go to the top right corner pop-out menu icon/button, that looks like a stack of horizontal lines >
*Clicking on the top right corner pop-out menu > select: ‘Tween’ >
14. On the dialogue box (that opens) > Tween With > Selection, and under: Frames to Add > enter: 3 (to 5)… 3 (frames) = the classic steps needed for a smoother transition >
*On the Timeline, 3 transition frames have been added, first to the left side of the ‘jump, skip, or leap’… that is being softened by the transition >
*Note: Tweens are not required, but optional… the choice is up to you… a tween may or may not strengthen the quality of your animation sequence. Use such effects sparingly, and try to balance the effect (with a transition on both sides of the jump, skip or leap) >
15. Apply the same ‘Tween’ to the right side (repeating the same transition steps) >
Two frames are again selected before ‘Tweening’ >
Resulting in a balanced transition (on both sides of the ‘skip’) >
16. ( > ) Play the animation sequence to determine if you really need the tween or not (or perhaps other effects you are experimenting with). Continue to adjust the timing of the individual frames… in my case, I chose not to use the ‘Tween’, and went with the ‘leap.’
17. Ready to Render?
*Note: This is only the first of two times, when you will render… from ‘the beginning’… because in this case we are only making one singular video clip/animation… which we will then import into a new Timeline… which will later give us the opportunity to add sound… (save this thought for later)…
Render! Go to: FILE > Export > Render Video
On the Dialogue Box enter:
Name: “Title.mp4” …. or “Title.mov”
Select Folder: (Save to your drive, and/or desktop)
Format : Quicktime (medium or high resolution) …. or…. H.264 (low, medium or high resolution)… try for low to medium…. to keep your file size smaller (and easier to upload + play)…. the smaller the file… the faster the animation is likely to play on various browsers >
*Note: leave all other settings on default…
Click the Blue Button > RENDER (at the top right corner of the dialogue box)
*Progress: Rendering may take a few minutes… and you may want to save multiple renders…
18. Remember to save your original ‘Timeline’ file as a ‘Title.psd’ format. The fact that it is a Photoshop document… will cause the file to save all of the animation frames intact.
19. Test your clip to see it play… *VERY IMPORTANT – make a notation of the sound-length of your clip… what is the total time… the clip takes to play?… (38 seconds for instance)… keep this notation… to compare with your audio/sound selection!
20. After you have saved your singular ‘video clip’ as a .mov, .mp4… (and original Timeline file as a .psd)… CLOSE PHOTOSHOP COMPLETELY … and go on to the next (tutorial) demonstration (to create an audio clip)…
Questions? Email: AM32@sunywcc.edu