CSE 591 Computer Graphics

Creating AVI Files 

You can create AVI files using Adobe Premiere (installed on the instructional lab machines) or using freeware.  We give instructions here for using Premiere and refer you to the freeware links below.

Creating AVI files with Premiere

This is a very brief overview of the steps needed to create an AVI file from a sequence of still images using Adobe Premiere.

Important: your sequence of still images needs to have the frame number embedded in the filename:

and so on. Adobe Premiere will recognize these named files as part of a sequence that way.  Here are the steps:
  1. Start Adobe Premiere and let it start a new project for you (the default action).
  2. Right-click in the "Project" window and select "Import --> File" from the menu that appears.
  3. Select the first of your sequence of images, and check the "Numbered Stills" box.
  4. Premiere will open the entire sequence of images and store them in the Premiere project window as one animation.
  5. Drag the animation from the Project window to the Timeline window, into the "Video 1" track.
  6. Adjust the work area slider (at the top of the Timeline window) so that its length equals that of the animation you just dragged there.
  7. Select "Enter" to preview the project. You will be prompted to save the project before previewing.
  8. To create the AVI, select "File --> Export --> Movie" and make sure "Microsoft AVI" is the type of animation file that will be created. Select the "Cinepak" codec (or see below for a note on codecs) and adjust the "Quality" slider to your liking. Also, the frame size can be adjusted; I'd recommend matching the aspect ratio of your original frames to minimize distortion.

Creating AVI files with freeware

In addition, there is a free program that creates AVI files from BMP files. Please visit here to download the program and read the online documentation. Here are a few tips:

Also, Windows Media Encoder can be used to compress AVI files.

Comments to CSE 591 staff Last modified: Tuesday, 11-Jun-2002 16:50:32 PDT