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Apple causes serious grief with a Quicktime update

I’ve been playing around using my DSLR to make timelapse videos for a while now. Here’s one I did of me and some friends watching a season of 24 in real time over 24 hours (needs QuickTime). It didn’t take much web research to discover the quickest way to stich the 1000s of individual photos from the shoot into a movie was is to use the “Open Image Sequence” feature in Quicktime Pro. You simply point it at the first shot in the sequence, tell it how many frames you want per second and it then reads all the other photos in order and assembles the movie. Nice. This technique is used by timelapse making folks the world over. I’d also guess that it’s used by many people doing stop motion animation.

When we came to move office, Dave asked me to timelapse the move. Which I did. But when I settled down to make the movie with Quicktime Pro as I had many times before, it didn’t work. After quite a lot of frustration and pointless rebooting of computer, I eventually turned to the web to see if anyone else was suffering. Lo and behold, they were. Seems as though Apple had released a new version of Quicktime in order to support the new iTunes movie renting malarkey. And they made it buggy. And it seems as though my problems weren’t the whole story. Lots of people using After Effects who had allowed the update were finding that they couldn’t render their videos. The solution for me was to unistall Quicktime 7.4, find a version of Quicktime 7.3.1 buried on the Apple website and install that. Many of those who were suffering were using macs and apparently couldn’t easily uninstall Quicktime and had to rely on Timemachine to rollback. To make matters worse, board posters are alleging that Apple has been deleting posts on their boards about the issue. All in all, Apple appear to have made a bit of a mess of the whole thing. I think that the After Effects issues have now been fixed, but not the image sequence ones.

It’s certainly made me think twice about was a seemingly inevitable switch from Windows to mac.

4 Comments

  1. James Turnbull
    Posted 13 March 2008 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Obvious reply: where’s the vid then?

  2. Posted 14 March 2008 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    It’s there now James. Thank you for your patience :)

  3. Posted 3 April 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dan – respect mate!

    What would really be interesting would be watching 24 in timelapse…

    JACK HAPPY – EXPLOSION – “DAMN” – SHOOT’S BADDIE IN KNEE CAP – “DAMN” – MORE TORTURE – PUNCH-UP – “DAMN” – JACK GOES DARK – BILL GETS FIRED – CHLOE ARRESTED – KIM IS ANNOYING – JACK LOSES SOMEONE HE LOVES – “DAMN” – JACK SAVES THE WORLD – THE END…

  4. Posted 4 April 2008 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Nice idea, in fact my friend Al is working on just such a thing. He’s experimenting with stitching together the ‘previously on 24′ bits at the beginning of each episode to see whether the resulting story is in any way coherent.

    Trouble is, the last episode doesn’t have a ‘previously on 24′. What’s he going to do?

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