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Time Lapse - combining jpegs into an mpeg

How do I combine a bunch of time-lapse jpegs into an mpeg or other movie format? It was available in an older version, which was what prompted me to buy the current (2104) version.
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  • I would just select Make Slide Show in Nero Video; import your photos and not add any transitions. Then, click on Export, Export Video to File and select the MP4 format.

    Does that help?
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  • Nope, that works poorly. Nero can't handle that many stills at once. I have some 4K stills collected over the summer by a time lapse camera. The camer does a poor job of converting to video. I know I did this once before with an older version of Nero I borrowed from a friend as a test. I want to take a whole directory of 4K stills and convert to a video stream, at a fraction of a second per frame.
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  • How many stills are you talking about? I think that Nero Video will handle thousands of photos. There was an issue at one time where it was limited to 999 but I think that was resolved. If you're encountering a limit, you should send an e-mail to techsupport@nero.com.

    What you can do is create smaller projects and export to file. When done, import the mpeg's back into Nero Video and create one large one.

    To my recollection, the only Nero apps that can do conversions to mpeg-4 are Recode and Nero Video. Since v11, Recode has been changed to more closely represent it's name. I think it's a real improvement although some options have been removed. Nero Video/Nero Vision haven't changed much over the years in regards to the mpeg-4 export options.
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  • Nero seems to have a 2000-file limit.

    Nero Recode won't touch a jpeg.

    Nero Video has so many options I can't even take a good guess at which one to use. I've tried all the obvious ones.

    This really should be simple. I've found some hints that at one time an app called ffmpeg would do what I want, but I can't even get that to work now.

    Any more ideas welcome!
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  • I didn't look up ffmpeg but I think it's just an open-source codec. You shouldn't need it.

    My reference to Recode was for recoding video. I was just trying to tell you that I don't remember any other apps in the older versions other than Nero Vision and Recode that can create a mpeg-4.

    As I mentioned, there should be no limit on the number of photos in a slide show and if you're seeing that in Make Slide Show, you should contact tech support.

    Make Slide Show is the easiest way to go. You could do the same thing in either Make Advanced Movie or Make Express Movie but the results should be the same. You could try one of those options to see if you get the same photo limitation.
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  • Steve,

    I've done something similar to what you want numerous times. As Wither 1 has said, you can get around the limit by making several videos. For each, the only practical way is to create an Express Mode Slide Show. Import some of your pictures and drag them to the timeline. With all of them selected, set the desired duration, hh:mm:ss:ff (hours, minutes, seconds, frames). This step does not work in Advanced Mode - you will be left with gaps that have to be manually eliminated one at a time! Export the result. Etc.

    After making each video, they can be imported to create the finished video.
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  • I uploaded 600 time lapse jpegs as a test, taken in 2 second increments. When I import them into Nero 2017, each jpeg can be displayed minimally to 1 second. How do I convert each one to a single frame?
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  • I started this thread a long time back, never really found a good answer thru Nero. However, looking thru my files I found a batch file with this command that I apparently used:

    ffmpeg -i \\mumford\h\dcim\100_wspc\wspc%04d.jpg -r 10 d:\temp\test.avi

    Thus ffmpeg must be on my system (or a past system; this file would have been carried forward). You can doubtless find it online. The \\mumford\h would be a drive designator that you can replace with c: or wherever your jpg files live.
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  • Jeff,

    As mentioned above, the duration of each picture can be set down to the frame level in Express Mode. Start by choosing Make SlideShow or Make Express Movie. Import the photos, drag them to the timeline and set the new duration while all are selected. The duration field is mm:ss:ff (minutes, seconds, frames). So, the frame rate matters. All is shown in the following 78 second YouTube video:

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  • Hi Jeff,

    note that you need to import your footage into an express editing project.

    Please check this blog in Nero KnowHow: https://neroknowhow.com/category/nero...

    Scroll to the chapter 'Express Editing' and there you will find how to use the duration functions for creating a stop frame animation or time laps project in express editing.

    Also download and install Nero KnowHow App to find more useful blogs and more.
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