Getting the image sequence to work in Maya took alot of troubleshooting. Perhaps I was just not familiar with the process but the only way it will work is by having the name setup as so: name.fame#.extension . The problem with this was I could not export the frames out with quicktime with a period in the name. I found a file renamer eventually but it took me a while to figure out this was the problem.
As far as the speed of doing the actual poses, it was faster than not having a reference video. I feel like we aren't going to see a significant increase in the speed of the animation. It took about 1 and a half to 2 hours to put all the poses in. These poses aren't even as accurate as they could be and would definetely need more finessing if this was a final product.
Anyways here is the result: