Import Full Movie into Matrixset using importmovie and file name...

    Mar 20 2012 | 11:27 am
    I'm trying to import a 2second long video clip into a matrixset using the importmovie message with the filename specified and a bang message to trigger the action. I can get the first frame of the movie loaded with this method but I need all the frames (of which there are 50). I can get all 50 in no problem when I just use the importmovie message on it's own and manually navigate to the file directory but that defeats the purpose of what I'm trying to do. I will have two other longer movie clips running at the same time using and I want three matrixsets with the 2second clips already loaded up so I can cut them in - hopefully saving cpu by doing this. Can anybody help??

    • Mar 20 2012 | 4:15 pm
      Hi Kanisi,
      Personally, I would avoid using the 'importmovie' message to jit.matrixset, and just 'framedump' frames from, something like this:
    • Mar 20 2012 | 9:45 pm
      Hi Ben, thanks for that. That looks perfect for what I'm trying to do. I didn't know it was so easy to get a to play through once and then stop! Really appreciate this.
      If I could ask one more question: when using the read message with the file name, is there any way to read from a folder within the folder where the patch is saved?
      For example, if my patch is saved in a folder called 'Main' and I have clips within Main that are in a folder called 'Clips', could I use something like /Clips/ with the read message? I can't get it to work. Is this possible?
      Thanks again,
    • Mar 20 2012 | 10:07 pm
      You could either add the top level folder to your file search preferences (Options->File Preferences), making sure that the 'Subfolders' box is checked, create a Project and add all those files to the Project (, or you could figure out where your patch is and then construct 'read' message based on the full path:
      Lots of other ways to do it too depending on how you want to interact with the read mechanism.
    • Mar 20 2012 | 10:21 pm
      Once again that's perfect. Thanks very much Ben, you've saved me a lot of headache.