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In this tutorial we will show you how to create a JPEG sequence using Flash CS5.5 and Media Encoder CS5.5 even if your Media Encoder does not have the Codec for Exporting JPEGs. All you will need for this tutorial is Flash, Media Encoder and a Video to turn into a JPEG sequence.

Media Encoder CS5.5: Exporting a JPEG Sequence

Now that we have a video to work with open Adobe Media Encoder and hit the add button to add a video to the encoding que. Naturally you know where to find your video so navigate to and select the video you wish to work with.

Once you have your video in the qeue click on the preset link to change your options.

Change your Export format to JPEG(if you can’t find this setting read down further), switch off Export Audio and then go to the video tab as shown below.

At the bottom of the Video settings tab there is an option to Export as a sequence make sure this is ticked. Also for most animation techniques you will want to set your frame rate to about 12 frames per second.

Now when I did this on my home computer I hit a snag where I couldn’t find the option to export as a JPEG series. This was because Media Encoder does not come with it standard. It actually comes as part of Production Premium or Master collection or Premiere Pro. If you don’t have one of these you won’t be able to use this, not as you are currently set up. However it is free to try these programs for a month so download and try Premier Pro as it will be the fastest download and install. Once this is installed you should have the required codec to allow you to export as a JPEG according to Adobe.

If this doesn’t work for you (which I was told by Adobe would but didn’t for me) you can get around this and I will describe this down below.

Make sure you save the JPEG’s in a folder of their own to make them easier to find. You will have a lot of them. Remember 12 frames per second with just a 10 second video is 120 jpegs we will be working with. So make a new folder for them.

Exporting a JPEG sequence without the JPEG Codec for Media Encoder

This technique involve a little more muckign around but you still require both Flash and Media encoder to do it.

First load your video up in Media Encoder and Export it at 12 frames per second with no audio track as an .flv file.

Go to flash and start a new project. Select File >> Import >> Import to Stage … and when the pop-up window appears select the .flv file. On the next pop-up window select Embed FLV in SWF and play in time line. Hit next and next and next for each of the 3 screens you need to go through. Your FLV is now in your timeline. Select File >> Export >> Export Movie … and navigate to where you want to save your JPEG sequence. In the drop down menu for the file type select JPEG Sequence and hit Save. Remember this will create a lot of JPEG’s so make sure you put it in its own folder.

You are now ready to work on your Rotoscope project. Here are the links to the Rotoscope article on my blog:

Hope you Found this helpful and hope to see you again soon.

One Response to Media Encoder CS5.5: Exporting a JPEG Sequence

  • Great tutorial,thanks.

    If you don’t have Media Encoder you can achieve something similar with Photoshop CS5 by choosing File > Import > Video Frames to Layers.

    You can then export in various ways.

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