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Is there a "paste multiple layers as images" plugin for GIMP?

Sep 8, 2011, 17:16
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RE: Is there a "paste multiple layers as images" plugin for GIMP?
Glad you were able to find the solution. It would be a good maneuver from your side to give more details if one is after something similar in the future.

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Sep 8, 2011, 19:05
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Four invaluable GIMP plugins (and one other app) that I needed and found via this forum and elsewhere...

1) This one is for saving all layers in a file to separate files all at once...
http://flashingtwelve.brickfilms.com/GIMP/Scripts/ The link for this one is near the bottom of the page called "sg-save-all-layers.scm". It shows up at the bottom of the "Files" pull down menu after installation in the GIMP scripts folder...
C: > Progam Files > GIMP-2.0 > share > gimp > 2.0 > scripts

2) This one can be used for animation and many, many other things... among its abilities is duplicating a layer multiple times and moving each new layer up, down, right, left and/or rotating it, which is great for still frame animation creation. It shows up under "Filters>Animation>Move Layer" after installation in the GIMP scripts folder...
http://www.gimpdome.com/scripts-n-plugin...option%29/
This script author's description mentions Mac, but this script works on PC too, since I have Mac and PC machines, I was able to check... the actual script download link is...
http://fencepost.gimpdome.com/Scripts/fp...r-anim.zip

3) This script performs all kinds of great tricks and there's lots to explore, but basically it is great for editing layers based on their similar layer names or just doing things like hiding/seeing all layers at once, linking/unlinking all layers at once, and allot more. This script creates its own new menu bar drop down menu called "LayerGroups"...
http://registry.gimp.org/node/16563

4) This is a great little app for renaming files on a Windows OS. This little "FileRenamer" app seems not to open correctly on Windows 7 unless I right-click on the desktop icon and select "run as administrator". If I do that, then it opens and works perfectly. The interface is a bit complex, but I was able to figure it out without any instructions and accomplish exactly what I needed to do. It is malware and adware free and the free version has more than enough features to perform any file renaming trick that I can think of...
http://www.sherrodcomputers.com/products...enamer.cfm

5) This last GIMP script is for making all layers in a file cover the full size of the image frame... this one is code that can be placed in a new Notepad document or any text editor document and saved as "alllayerstoimagesize.scm", or any name with a .scm extension, then placed in the GIMP scripts folder. It shows up at the bottom of the "Layers" pull down menu...

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; Script can be found under Layer > All Layers to Image Size


; Define the Function

(define (fp-script-fu-all-layers-to-image-size
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(gimp-context-push)
(gimp-image-undo-group-start img)

(map (lambda (x) (gimp-layer-resize-to-image-size x)) (vector->list (cadr (gimp-image-get-layers img))))

(gimp-image-undo-group-end img)

(gimp-context-pop)

(gimp-displays-flush)


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Sep 9, 2011, 12:51
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Uh, thanks for the in-depth information!

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Sep 9, 2011, 18:13
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These scripts and renamer app, in combination, are extremely powerful and they've decreased the production time for this particular sequence of stop frame film animation by at least a factor of one hundred.

And that's just using these scripts for the five or six tasks that I needed... duplicate and move layer to the left 12 pixels up to 200+ times... hide/show all layers, link/unlink all layers... all layers to image size... save all layers to new images (including support for the PSD format) and renaming files to perfectly desired name and number sequences.

These all do what I needed, plus allot more.

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Sep 10, 2011, 10:26
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RE: Is there a "paste multiple layers as images" plugin for GIMP?
(Sep 3, 2011 09:03)digiday Wrote:  I'm using these PSDs in Adobe Premiere as motion graphics for animation and to preserve the transparency of the imported graphic or photo so other layers will show up behind each image they have to be imported as PSDs.

This vid....

Maybe this software (very new) can be an alternative to animate your 2D http://www.synfig.org/cms/. I hope that I truly understand what you want to do here. I did have one question, why - if you are an adobe customer - are you not using the Photoshop to create native PSDs? Or are they older graphics?

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Sep 10, 2011, 10:45 (This post was last modified: Sep 10, 2011 10:48 by digiday.)
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diginin,

Five posts up on this thread I wrote this...
"I also use Photoshop in addition to GIMP at my home base. Right now, elsewhere, I'm using GIMP exclusively."

I've already got my project all set up and this portion of it is nearly finished with the PSDs and the scripts I found for GIMP that I posted above. The graphics that I'm using are new ones I created in GIMP and photo images that are animated... just streaming right to left movement in this segment.

I'll check in to Synfig Studio... it looks good. Is it similar to "Blender"?... that's another open source animation app that I've been wanting to get in to.

One thing I wanted to do for another portion of the film I'm working on was to create an animation of a dancer against a color background, sort of like an iPod commercial, but with the dance moves from the Napolean Dynamite movie... not sure if you've seen that. I'd really like to take this video and isolate him against a color background and just have his silouette dancing... see this movie clip...
Napoleon Dynamite Dance Scene on YT

I know I can ask about this on some video app and animation app forums, but since you are referring me to Synfig, maybe you'd know how to do this.

Thanks for the reference,

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Sep 10, 2011, 12:26
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RE: Is there a "paste multiple layers as images" plugin for GIMP?
There is a a difference, it is only for 2D artwork. It has a similar interface to GIMP and Inkscape. I have not done any importing, or the like, as I too have just found this.

I did not want to step on any toes with the question. I just know that Adobe products generally work better --like apple-- when used in combination.

As far as blender is concerned, I am also attempting to get into this as well. It has a very step IMHO learning curve. So, let's keep in touch on that one.

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Sep 10, 2011, 17:55
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RE: Is there a "paste multiple layers as images" plugin for GIMP?
digin,

2D animation is really all I am doing right now. Premiere has provisions for doing simple 2D animation, which I do use. It has a motion settings interface and keyframe animation is another technique that renders the same results. These methods are good for simple lateral and vertical movement, zooming in and out, rotation and some perspective bending. But these motion effects created in Premiere when rendered show signs of horizontal interlacing lines. Regular motion video that is placed in Premiere doesn't show any signs of the horizontal interlacing lines.

Then a deinterlacing filter can be applied to the rendered Premiere AVI file in VirtualDub, XMedia Recode and other apps and it takes away all the signs of the horizontal interlace lines.

But, for really small detail to be maintained in very sharp graphic and photo animation, the stop motion technique that I've been working with is the only way to go. That's where the GIMP scripts came in and worked so well to create all the stop frame images to import in to Premiere. My assembly line type of process that evolved out of necessity is really pretty amazing. Once set up in one Premiere file, I can create all the stop frame images with the GIMP scripts (which could also be done in Photoshop), then all I need to do is to change the name of a couple of folders and duplicate the base Premiere project file and re-import new sets of graphic or photo PSDs in to new Premiere file dupes over and over.

Whether or not I use Photoshop or GIMP, both create PSD files and that's what is necessary for Premiere to use for transparent background graphics and photos so other layers (tracks) beneath can show through.

I can blue screen, green screen and black screen things in Premiere by setting the layers (tracks) to various layer modes (similar to PS or GIMP) and using chroma key settings that way, but there are variable sliders that are a challenge to find the sweet-spot with to make the chroma key settings just right for smooth, sharp blue screen results.

Actually, the simple Windows Movie Maker apps for PCs and iMovie for Macs have fairly simple to use blue screening plugins that give great results without any muss and fuss, as long as I apply the plugin blue screen chroma key effect correctly.

So, what I'm wondering about the Synfig app that you are using is if it does any 2D figure animation with relative ease. I wonder if one can create a human figure silhouette and animate it to a particular dance motion, like I've seen in other animation samples.

The video at the posted link that I put in my last post to the Napoleon Dynamite movie clip is what I'd like to mimic, but that video doesn't lend itself to blue screening or any other chroma key type of figure isolation.

Please let me know if you find a way to animate a body silhouette in Synfig.

Thanks,

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Sep 10, 2011, 18:43
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Wow, this sounds like I have jumped it to the deep-end of the pool without a life-preserver. I have just started with animation, and you sound like you are lightyears ahead of me Sad But, no despair. I think I can read through the mumbo jumbo Smile!

What platform are you working on, or do you work on all currently. I have found, recently, a very good motion tracking software for your arsenal. I too work with many tools to active the best possible results.

I do, or have done in the past, mainly screen casting. Due to my desire to continue in this direction (even though it seems a little flooded at this point) and with my self-driven desire to excel in this area (as well in various other directions in digital media), I use a combination of tools to meet the goals and avoid having to purchase Adobe products; but to get "almost" the same results.

So, to stop rambling, one of these programs, which could be of interest to you is:

ScreenFlow - a great tool for anything non-linear that you want to do video files or even stills. Even though it stems from screen-recording, you will find no program of it's class for this price.
A great open source alternative is http://cinelerra.org/ CineleraCV But the horsepower under this hood is equivalent to FinalCut Pro

To your question about ease of animation, please look at this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLpC7trBf5A With this type of control, you should have no problem getting up and dancing in a hurry.

Hope this helps.

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Sep 10, 2011, 19:40
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RE: Is there a "paste multiple layers as images" plugin for GIMP?
I work on Mac and PC. I have the Adobes on my Macs at home and GIMP on my PC.

At present, I'm at another location on a PC with GIMP and Premiere.

The stuff I'm doing is very primitive and I'm only a beginner myself with animation... I'm a photo retoucher by trade otherwise.

Someone on the Adobe forum used my base image of a reel to reel tape deck illustration to do a rotation motion interlace test and he posted it on Muvipix... this will give you an idea of the interlacing effects that we were getting with motion created in Premiere. But like I said, a deinterlacing filter in VirutalDub or in XMedia Recode, both free, takes care of the horizontal interlace lines... here is his posted video showing what this problem looks like before deinterlacing filters are applied...
http://muvipix.com/cpg/displayimage.php?...at=0&pos=4

Then in contrast, here is this link of my test video that I posted a ways back showing the same illustration in a finished setting created with all stop frame animation in Premiere layers for ultimate sharpness...
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=GfZ...Q&vq=hd720

You mentioned a "motion tracking" app that you like, but I'm not sure if that was the "cinelerra" app that you gave the link for, or another app that you didn't otherwise mention the name of... what is the motion tracking app that you were referring to?

The cinelerra app look good, but it isn't available for Mac or PC, just for Linux and some other less widespread OSs.

That's a nice little tutorial for Synfig. That would be an enormous amount of work to create and entire dance sequence that way... maybe a 6 month project to do it that way.

I'm more interested in a motion tracking app that could take the Napoleon Dynamite video and track the motion and allow me to isolate the body image and make a positive/negative version of that dance sequence.

Thanks,

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Sep 11, 2011, 15:30
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Sorry, the motion tracking software I was talking about (man I wish I had deleted that part) will probably not do that what you are looking for. It only allows for adding quartz filter to movies. It is called elasty and can be found in the app store.

To be honest, I am not sure you will find something like you are looking for. But, it is never impossible.

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Sep 11, 2011, 18:03
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No problemo.

I'll check out Elasty.

Thanks,

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Sep 23, 2011, 20:58 (This post was last modified: Sep 23, 2011 21:11 by digiday.)
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Hey diginin,

Here is what I was able to come up with for the Napoleon Dynamite dance segment with a few different filter techniques.

And there is a bit of the animation that the subject of this thread had to do with originally that is included in the "white movie projector" animation at the beginning and the end and the "blue movie camera" graphic animation at the end of this video too, though the main film with that type of still frame animation is still in the end of the production stages.

Once you are on this video player page on Vimeo, click the play button, then click the pause button and let it buffer for a few minutes before playing the video... buffer time depends on your internet connection speed, or course.

Boogie Oogie Oogie - Guest Dance Appearance by Napoleon Dynamite - LINK

ciao,

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