OT Exporting movie clip to stills

BNig niggemann at uni-wh.de
Wed Apr 28 15:23:37 EDT 2010

is this one off or do you want to write a stack that does this repeatedly?
Is it ok to use apple script, i.e. Mac only? What system version do you use?
Do you have Quicktime Pro?
this is a little applescript that assumes your quicktime movie does only
have one track and that is the movie. It makes a selection in that movie and
copies the selection to a new document. Than it deletes all the frames
except every fifth. If you have Quicktime Pro you can export these frames as
image sequence manually. If you don't have Quicktime Pro I can see if I can
provide you with a preset file for exporting the images. You dont need the
Pro license to script and export from Quicktime Player.
Of course you can do all this from within Rev and take the selection of the
movie you manually make and send it as applescript to the Quicktime Player,
which opens the movie, selects what you have selected in Rev and does the
export. It is just a little more scripting.
If you want to go Jaque's way of exporting snapshots you have to make
assumptions about the framerate. Rev only gives you the duration and the
timescale. Usually quicktime movies have a timescale of 600, but not
necessarily so. At a timescale of 600 a duration of 1200 is 2 seconds worth
of movie. At a framerate of 25 that would be 50 frames. A single frame would
have the duration of 24. At a framerate of 30/sec the duration of an
individual frame would be 20. So assume you have a framerate of 30 you would
advance your currenttime by 30 to go to the next frame, or by 150 to advance
by 5 frames.
here is the applescript
set tStart to 866
set tEnd to 1081

tell application "QuickTime Player"
	set tName to name of document 1
	tell document tName
		set the selection start to tStart
		set the selection end to tEnd
	end tell
	set tSelectionDocName to "mySelection"
	make new document
	paste document 1
	set tSelectionDocName to name of document 1
	set tNoOfFrames to the number of frames of track 1 of document
		if tNoOfFrames = 0 then exit repeat
		if tNoOfFrames mod 5 ≠ 0 then delete frame tNoOfFrames of track 1 of
document tSelectionDocName
		set tNoOfFrames to tNoOfFrames - 1
	end repeat
end tell
it also assumes that the movie you are interested in is the frontmost in
Quicktime Player.
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