Generating Movies, Version 1: Quicktime 7 and Automator

I assumed that there was an equally easy way to turn the frames into a movie and there was to make an animated gif. And there is, but I haven’t used it yet.

I was too familiar with being able to use Quicktime 7. The good news is that it is still possible to find it as of Decebmer 2014.

Once you get it, the automater script found on a macrumors forum written by sciman3 works like a charm.  Sciman3 has written a wrapper around an simple applescript program that is very handy, and if you follow the directions it will appear in the services window when you select an image in a folder with all the images you want to use.

tell application "Finder"
	tell application "Finder" to set theSelection to selection
	tell application "Finder" to set theSequence to item 1 of theSelection as alias
end tell


set theFrameRate to ""
display dialog "Please enter frame rate:" default answer "29.97"
set theFrameRate to text returned of result

tell application "QuickTime Player 7"
	activate
	open image sequence theSequence frames per second theFrameRate
	
	set imageSequence to (theSequence as string) & ".mov"
	
	tell document 1
		with timeout of 500 seconds
			save self contained in imageSequence
		end timeout
		
		close
		
	end tell
end tell

With that done it was easy to then upload it it youtube and embed it here:

I’ll be working on converting my process to ffmpeg, a *nix compatible solution, but this was faster for now.

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