FINALLY, a reason to use a quicktime reference movie!

I’ve known about reference movies for a long time, but I have never had the opportunity to use one before today. I am working on a project that is roughly 2k x 1k and uses a still sequence from cinema 4d. Final cut doesn’t really play very well with image sequences, so I used quicktime 7 to import the image sequence and export a reference movie. I saved a TON of disk space, and a fair bit of image quality as well, seeing as it doesn’t have any additional compression on it.

For the unaquainted: reference movies are basically a pointer that tells quicktime “hey go play from this file to this file” without actually copying the original source. If I were to share the ref movie without the source, then it would be useless. That is the reason why I have never wound a use for them before – they are easy to break, and it is usually much easier to just use the actual files.

~ by ross on February 24, 2012.

2 Responses to “FINALLY, a reason to use a quicktime reference movie!”

  1. This is great. Seems like a good way to cut together timelapse as well, without tearing through gigs of space.

  2. Hello… I have a movie clip saved to H264 coppression settings, but I want to put some pan and zoom on it in WLMM. Could I make a reference movie of this H264 clip and use the reference movie in WLMM to edited it???? Then when I save the refernce movie after editing to H264, will if effect the quaility of the original H264 Movie???? I am confused LOL.Thanks Lance.

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