How to create a video with the Pencil Pixels VideoPencil Batch Script
Example of Video Pencil using this process. Pencil Pixels Video Pencil Script used for the video.
4 Step Overview
1- You select a video file, whether a youtube clip, an iMovie file or a video from your smart phone.
2- Convert the video file to a sequences of images
3- Run the Pp Video Pencil script on the images
4- Convert the processed images back into a video.
Other than the Pp VideoPencil script, you need a software to convert the video to a sequence of images and then back into video.
Great news, there are a number of them, AND the one we suggest is FREE and is available on Mac & Windows
MPEG Slipstream, http://www.squared5.com/ More software resources are listed below
First, open MPEG Slipstream. Drag your video file into the main window of the application. Slipstream can handle a number of standard video formats.
Then... select File -> Export to Other Formats ...
From the dropdown menu, select Image Sequence
Click on the Options button and select JPEG. Other output formats will not work with the batch processing
I usually select between 12 and 24 Frames per Second. The higher the FPS, the smoother the movement will be.
Also more image frames will be created at a higher number. In this instance, for a 30 second video, at 12 FPS,
Slipstream will generate a sequence of 360 images.
Click OK and lastly set the Height and Width of the image size to output.
Usually you would set the Frame Size as the size of the original video.
A SAVE dialog will open for you to select a name and a destination folder.
This is a very quick process. You'll end up with a folder of images in numbered order.
They represent each frame of the video.
Step three is to use the Pencil Pixel Batch processing script.
If not installed in the scripts folder, you browse for the
script in Photoshop File -> Scripts -> Browse...
Once selected, the script will pause and Alert you to select the folder of images
generated by Slipstream.
Once selected, you will be Alerted to select a destination folder.
Select a folder to put the processed images or create a new folder at this time.
Then you wait for all the images to be processed. The 30 second Conair commercial above was generated
from 720 processed images (30 seconds at 24 Frames per Second).
The script will stop when all the images have been processed.
The processed images will be the same size as the original images,
they will be converted to 72 DPI, and the layers will be flattend.
The last step is to combine the individual processed images back into a video file.
This is also done in Slipstream
Open Slipstream and select File -> Open Files...
From the OPEN dialoge, select the folder that contain all the processed images.
Click the OPEN button to open the folder
Then select ALL
('Command A' on a Mac or 'Control A' on a PC)
NOTE: Make sure you select the images with the Name as the sort order, ascending.
Inadvertantly when I had first used this process, the folder was in Date Modified
sort order and the video came out running backwards. Interesting but not what I wanted.
Slipstream will automatically combine the images into a video sequence
Now you select a video format to save it as.
You do this from the File -> Export to (...)
There are many standard video formats to choose from including
MP4, MOV, AVI.
Additionally, under the 'Export to Other Formats...',
there are formats for WMV, iPhone, and Apple TV
Lastly, select where you want to save the video file to, and you're done.
Example of video with the Storybook Batch script.
Example of a video commercial with a Toon Effect
MORE Videos made with Pencil Pixels' Effects
Tutorial to make a video effect with a Pencil Pixels Action
Resource links for video to image sequences software for Mac & Windows
These are some of the softwares available that are inexpensive and have various features;
Quicktime for Windows
Total Video Converter for Mac
Total Video Converter for Windows
AVS Video converter, Windows