Cannot import my time lapse sequence into Virtual Dub
Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:32 PM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:06 PM
I haven't used virtualdub for this task, but you might try assembling some other JPEG frames (even just a few copies of the same image) to see if there's something specifically about Panasonic JPEGs it doesn't like. If so, you could run your JPEGs through a batch processor such as the one in Photoshop or a free application such as ImageMagick, to reencode them into something that VirtualDub will load.
Or, you could use some other application, such as ffmpeg, to assemble your JPEGs into an animation.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:37 PM
They are. Your version of VirtualDub is pretty old; you may wish to upgrade (it's free, after all) and try again.
Ah yes, that was the cause. At the time, I couldn't get the link for the latest version to work. So I had to settle for this older version. Link for the latest version now works and this newer version of VD accepted my JPGs with no problem.
Though now there's another issue! And it may possibly have something to do with exporting the finished file. I couldn't actually use the 'Export' option as I couldn't quite understand the sub-options within that - was a little too technical for me. I instead saved the file as an AVI from the menu and that seemed to export it anyway. When I played the resulting file on the laptop, less than a quarter of the video had been created. In the folder that I intially opened with VD, there were over 1000 photos and VD was counting them. After they were imported, I selected a frame rate of 25fps. Playing back the video through VLC, I only get the beginning of the event that I recorded (a duration of 5 seconds.) Same duration with Windows Media Player. I looked at the properties of the file and it's stated as 347MB. It's a 1280x720 video.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:47 PM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:53 PM
Ive also checked the file numbers of the photos to see if they follow a logical sequence and indeed they do. I'm guessing that if part way through, the file numbers changed from their usual pattern, that would likely cause issues.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:48 PM
I'll have to try and rename / renumber the whole batch of files, something that I haven't done before. Hopefully, it's not going to be too tricky.