Making movies with ImageJ
ImageJ can read in a number of image formats and has a graphical user interface (for those who don't like mpeg2enc). However in saving a movie it can only build .AVI files (unless you're using a plugin).
To make a movie using ImageJ:
save your images in a folder:
if your script saves file names without space-filling 0's (e.g. Image1.jpg, Image2.jpg ...., Image10.jpg, ...., Image112.jpg) you can simply rename them using the 'rename' command.
the following will convert them all to 3-digit numbers:
> rename Image Image0 Image?.jpg > rename Image Image0 Image??.jpg
- if you don't have it, download from http://rsb.info.nih.gov/ij/
- the linux version is quite big (25mb) because it contains Java runtime stuff.
- in other OS's, the binary files are typically below (<2mb) (no I'm not lobbying for Windows!)
open the images in ImageJ:
- click on File>Import>Image Sequence...
- just click on any of the file names that appear in a list
- in the dialogue that appears, fill in the box for "File Name Contains" if your directory contains more than just the images
- The image size can be arbitrary but it doesn't like compressed Tiff files (requires a separate plugin to do this).
to make sure everything's ok, check the opened stack by pressing
- real time animation through the stack should start. you can stop this by pressing esc or again. you can also move backwards and forwards by , (<) and . (>) keys.
save the AVI file by clicking File>Save as...>AVI