qt_proofsheet [options] source-movie proof-sheet-name



--duration=start-time,end-time --replacefile




Controls the layout of the proof sheet by adjusting the margins along the edges and the spacing between adjacent frames.




qt_proofsheet lets you convert a QuickTime movie to a big picture. This can be a useful reference when editing large video files, to visually locate times of interest.

Command line options let you select which portion of the movie is drawn and how the timecode is displayed.


By if no options are given then the whole movie will be presented such that it fits roughly on a single 8.5`` x 11'' document.


Controls the size in pixels of each frame from the movie. If just one number is given then the width is set to it, and the height will be proportionate. If two numbers are given then the width and height are both controlled.

If a number is very small (less than two) it is presumed to be a multiplier. So, for example, 0.5 would render each frame onto the proof sheet at 1/2 pixel size.


Determines the number of frames to place in each row of the proof sheet.


Specifies that only a portion of the source movie be used.


Allows the destination file to be overwritten if it already exists.


Specifies the interval at which frames are taken from the source movie for rendering. A value of 30 would use all frames (from a typical video movie), and a value of 1 would use just one frame per second. A value of 0.0166666 would use just one frame per minute of the source.


If the proof sheet name ends with ``.jpg'' or ``.tga'' then the proof sheet will be saved in JPEG or Targa format, respectively. To use a different format supply a codec option with the four-character ID for the compression component to use.


To control size of the timecode imprint which appears on each frame, supply a timecode-font-size. A size of zero disables the timecode imprint.

The timecode-position may be one of four values: 0 for lower left, 1 for lower right, 2 for upper right, 3 for upper left, and 4 for centered below the frame.


Some useful information is printed at the top of the proof sheet; the title-font-size controls how large it appears. A value of 0 disables the title printing.


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Second Life is a virtual world comprised entirely of user-created content. It turns out that qt_proofsheet is helpful for a certain obscure aspect of content creation there. Do check out, and say Hi to me, Davan Camus, if you visit.

``Second Life'' supports animated textures in which multiple frames of animation are tiled onto a single texture map. qt_proofsheet can produce these tiled textures from a QuickTime movie source.

The main trick is to disable spacing, timecode, and titles. I find it helpful to render my source movie (from After Effects) at 10 frames per second. This makes the arithmetic easy. Here's a typical conversion:

qt_proofsheet slTexture.tga --spacing=0 --title=0 --timecode=0 --framesize=64,64 --framesperrow=8 --duration=6.4


qt_proofsheet proofsheet.jpg

Use all default settings to show the full duration of as a single 8.5x11 proof sheet, with about 40 frames chosen evenly.


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