How to create frames from a QuickTime in Photoshop CS6

We came a cross an issue recently in Photoshop CS6 around converting (QuickTime) .MOV’s in to frames in order to create an animated gif. We found some online resources that helped but not one that was up to date with Photoshop CS6 or gave a clear step-by-step guide. Having a frame timeline sequence is pretty important, especially when you need to optimize the output for various web requirements. Hopefully below helps anyone looking to deal with the same issue.

  1. Import the .MOV into Photoshop (I think it accepts a number of other formats), it will then add it as a complete (uneditable) movie sequence in the Timeline.
  2. In the animation palette (top right of the timeline) select Convert Frames > Flatten Frames into Clips. This breaks up the movie into Frames.
  3. The next process is to select Convert Frames > Make Frames from Clips. This puts the clips into sequential order.
  4. The final step is Convert Frames > Convert to Frame Animation.
  5. This puts lays the animated gif frames out which are then editable for optimizing your animated gif.


How to create frames from a QuickTime in Photoshop CS6 Step 1
Import the .MOV into Photoshop (I think it accepts a number of other formats), it will then
add it as a complete (uneditable) movie sequence in the Timeline.
 

How to create frames from a QuickTime in Photoshop CS6 Step 1
In the animation palette (top right of the timeline) select Convert Frames > Flatten
Frames into Clips. This breaks up the movie into Frames.
 

How to create frames from a QuickTime in Photoshop CS6 Step 1
The next process is to select Convert Frames > Make Frames from Clips. This puts
the clips into sequential order.
 

How to create frames from a QuickTime in Photoshop CS6 Step 1
The final step is Convert Frames > Convert to Frame Animation.
 

How to create frames from a QuickTime in Photoshop CS6 Step 1
This puts lays the animated gif frames out which are then editable for optimizing
your animated gif.