I'm trying to make a stop motion animation and I can't seem to find a way to make clips shorter than 5ms. By "clip" I mean the images I drag into the time line. I try to adjust it by hovering over the timeline object, click on the cog, then go to clip adjustments, then edit the duration.

How do I make a clip shorter than 5ms?

  • Do you really mean 5 milliseconds? As @tonklon correctly answered, that's less than a third of a single frame at 60fps. Dec 21, 2010 at 14:12

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I don't think it's possible to make the clips shorter then 5ms in any video software, because depending on the frame rate a single frame takes more time (16,6 ms for 60 fps). It doesn't make much sense to add a clip to a video, that is so short that it is not seen on screen for at least one frame.

  • You're right. I never looked at it this way. Thanks! Dec 23, 2010 at 22:33

I don't have an official document anywhere outlining this as a specific limitation, but having used iMovie for a while, and having just tried to replicate what you're trying to do, I'm fairly confident in saying that this isn't supported in iMovie. Final Cut will certainly support this sort of fine-grain clip control, but iMovie is very consumer orientated and I wouldn't expect it to support something as niche as this. Perhaps it's worth giving Final Cut Express/Pro a try to see if it meets your requirements?

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