We are using a digital camera to capture stills for a stop motion animation.\nObviously, there are a large number of stills for every few seconds of real\ntime action. We are using about 12 stills to capture what will be 1 second\nof real time action. Before shooting each still image, we reposition the\nanimation characters on the stage in the normal stop motion technique.\nWe shoot the stills with a simple solid colour background.\nWhen we have the animation action scene shot, we open all of the images in\nPhotoshop and select the background and create an alpha channel for the\nbackground area.\nThen we import all of the stills into Premiere Pro and knock out the\nbackgrounds of each still using the alpha keying filter, so that the desired\nbackground shows through from the lower track.\nAs you can see, this process is incredibly tedious!\nWe can't use the batch action option in Photoshop since each still has the\nanimated characters positioned slightly differently.\nIs there an easier way to accomplish this?\nIf we brought the digital stills directly into Premiere Pro first, we could\nuse the colour key filter to knock out the solid colour backgrounds, but\nthis is sometimes not such a clean result on the edges of the shapes and\nrequires fiddling with the keying controls. Also, it has to be done for each\nclip on the timeline anyway.\nDoes Premiere Pro offer some automation to this process? Could all of the\nstills on the timeline be somehow grouped and worked on all at once?\nI am aware that if we connected a camcorder to a computer and used something\nlike Sceneanalyzer, each capture would be saved as part of a single avi file\nand this would make the process much faster, but unfortunately, for this\nproject we are unable to do the filming where the computers are and are\nforced to use digital cameras instead. These are my students' projects and\nthey are not able to capture from a camcorder connected to a computer, and\nsome don't even have a camcorder to use anyway.\nI would greatly appreciate it if anyone can advise me on some way to make\nthis process work faster.\nThanks a lot.