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    stopmotion for mac...free...
    Basically I just got this mac for christmas.
    I'm a stopmotion animator who previously used WMM to create movies. I would simply import all of the clips, reduce them to the shortest framerate and edit it as I pleased. However i'm finding that imovie doesn;t quite seem to have the same kind of editing ability. I can only shorten clips to 0:04 frames per second which makes the clips have a slight time delay. So I have two questions-

    1. Is there any way at all of lowering the frame rate to at least 2 per second?
    2. If this doesn;t work then some software will suffice, but all the editing software i've found requires a live camera- my method is shooting the frames with a digital camera and then uploading them to the laptop, but it seems there are no free programs for the mac that just string existing photos together, only those taken with the software live.

    I hope you guys can awnser my questions, i've been tweaking all the photo settings in imovie for ages now just trying to get a grip as to what to do next....

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    iMovie 09 allows you to set the frames per picture to 5. That would be 6 frames per second for a 30 fps video.

    QuickTime Player Pro 7 allows many more options for the frame rate of sequenced imported images. It is $29 from Apple which is a license to upgrade QuickTime Player 7 to Pro. Assuming you have Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) you might find QuickTime Player 7 in the Applications/Utilities folder. If not, it can be installed from the install DVD, or downloaded from Apple.

    Perhaps someone else can suggest a free solution.

    iStopMotion is a decent tool, but expensive for the HD option. If I recall right, you can import a collection of images as it sounds you would want to do.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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    Actually those solutions are pretty good- I suppose it's worth the money if it's what I can use on a long term basis. I'll try to see if I can get that Quicktime program too...

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    I just found Time Lapse Assembler. Haven't played with it though.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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