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After Effects and Batch Sequential Import?

I used 3DS Max to generate a simple animation of a rotating object. I exported these frames as 100 individual TIF files, which are all 900 KB each. I will be using Photoshop to create additional TIF files that will be added to the original 100 which will result in the appearance of a fading in and out of some design elements on the object.

I am using Adobe After Effects to create my animation. My goal at the end of this is to create an AVI file or a Flash/Shockwave file for a webpage.

1.) Is there a way to set each of the 100 frames to happen one right after the other each after .5 seconds? I was able to create a new composition, but it seems as though I have to manually click and drag the timeline bars to the time I want. Is there any way to automate/batch this if each item is in a sequential order?

2.) If I am using 100 TIF files from 3ds Max and say 20 TIF files from alterations in Photoshop, will there be a noticeable difference after saving in Photoshop? I need the animation to be clear, without visual interrruption.

3.) If I have 123 TIF files which are all 640 x 480 (900 KB), will my AVI animation end up being very large in file size? I prefer not to use compression, because I don't want to lose image quality. Any suggestions?

This will end up being on a CD and probably a website also.

Thanks for any help you can provide. - spreeez
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yukeleCommented:
>>>1.) Is there a way to set each of the 100 frames to happen one right after the other each after .5 seconds?

Make sure all the the tiff files are numbered sequentially (file001.tif, file002.tif....file123.tif)

In After Effects, go to Edit > Preferences > Import. Set "Sequence Footage" to your desired frame rate (if you want each frame for .5 seconds, your frame rate is 2). Press OK

Go to File > Import > File. Click on the first image of your animation and at the bottom of the open window check "Tiff Sequence". Press OK. This should import the animation as footage.

>>>2.) If I am using 100 TIF files from 3ds Max and say 20 TIF files from alterations in Photoshop, will there be a noticeable difference after saving in Photoshop?

I think it should look fine


>>>3.) If I have 123 TIF files which are all 640 x 480 (900 KB), will my AVI animation end up being very large in file size?

60 seconds of uncompressed video is pretty big - about 105 mb. It may fit onto a CD, but the data rate required to play it is too high for a CD to keep up with.
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spreeezAuthor Commented:
yukele,

Very helpful. Thank you! I will try this later today.

As a follow-up to your comments, do you have any suggestions on how I can compress the AVI animation? I actually just learned you can export from After Effects to a SWF file. This is probably the method I will go with, because Flasg seems pretty solid when embedded in webpages. I've seen some AVI's embedded into webpages that look different on different systems (and different media players.)

So any advice on the best to compress file sizes of a SWF or AVI from After Effects?
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spreeezAuthor Commented:
Also, is there a way to export from After Effects to a .FLA file? The reason is I wish to add a "loading..." screen to make sure that this very large .SWF file loads completely before playing.
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