I have 69 folders of jpegs I want to turn into 69 quicktime timelapse movies. Rather than doing this one-at-a-time in Quicktime 7 Pro (Open Image Sequence, select first frame, choose 30 fps as the frame rate, wait for frames to assemble, save result while selecting "as reference movie", change the name of the resulting Quicktime from "Untitled.mov" to the corresponding jpeg folder name, repeat) -- is there an easy way to automate this?


Automator with some AppleScript will do this nicely. The frames need to be named consistently — blah1.jpg blah2.jpg blah3.jpg … blah50.jpg etc. Each sequence you want to be a movie should be in its own folder.

  1. Open Automator and create a new workflow.
  2. Add the Get Specified Finder Items action and add each folder containing the sequences to the action.
  3. Add the Run AppleScript action, with the following code:

    on run {input, parameters}
        repeat with theFolder in input
            tell application "Finder" to set theSequence to first item of folder theFolder as alias
            tell application "QuickTime Player 7"
                open image sequence theSequence frames per second 30
                set nameSequence to (theSequence as string) & ".mov"
                tell document 1
                    with timeout of 500 seconds
                        save self contained in nameSequence
                    end timeout
                end tell
            end tell
        end repeat
    end run

Run it, and you'll get a .mov in each folder. Let me know if you have any questions.

The AppleScript code is adapted from this post at the Macworld Hints forum.

  • Thanks! Changed "save self contained in nameSequence" to "save in nameSequence" in order to save as QuickTime reference movie. – chuckkahn Nov 1 '12 at 15:23
  • Here's the resulting video posted to YouTube: bit.ly/QXrstl – chuckkahn Nov 1 '12 at 21:27
  • I tried your script and works perfect! Do you know how to change the compression settings to the same script, in order to use an Apple Prores for example? Otherwise works perfectly well, but it compress it as a Photojpeg codec. Thank you very much for the post – user57452 Sep 19 '13 at 5:43
  • I don't know. I guess you could use MPEGStreamclip or Apple's Compressor to batch encode your photojpegs into Prores. – chuckkahn Sep 21 '13 at 21:26

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