From LQ Graphics:
Photo to Movie 4 creates customized slide show movies from your digital photographs. Watch your photos come alive with Ken Burns-style motion effects. Show each person's face, one by one, in a family photo. Use a variety of transitions such as dissolves, wipes, or cubes to transition between photos. View movie at full screen. Add music to enhance the experience, record voice-overs from family members, and describe important details using captions. Use just a few photos or hundreds at once. When the movie is complete, email, publish to a website, or burn to DVD using your favorite burning software.
Take photos of your kids, graduations, weddings, vacations, the new baby, maps, or the new house and drop them directly into Photo to Movie. You don't have to worry about resizing or cropping your photos -- Photo to Movie takes care of all the details for you.
Browse your iPhoto and iTunes libraries in Photo to Movie to find photos and music. In conjunction with iDVD, create DVDs from your slide shows, including captions and soundtracks. Go beyond the limits of the Ken Burns effect in iMovie. No more hassling with photo resizing -- Photo to Movie does it for you. You can even use Photo to Movie to produce high quality photo sequences to use in Final Cut.
Photo to Movie includes many capabilities beyond the Ken Burns effect available in other applications. With Photo to Movie you can not just zoom and pan over photos, but also rotate them, move along curved paths, and even do things like move from face to face to face in a family photo. It works well with hundreds of photos or just a few. View your movie at full screen too.
- Easy to use. Get started in minutes.
- Make high quality slide shows from your digital photos.
- Add captions and music to go along with your photos.
- Pan and zoom over your photos in beautifully smooth motion.
- Use produced movies in iDVD or further edit them in iMovie.
What's new in this version:
- Added feature to check for missing media files (menu item File > Check Media...).
- Fixed intermittent file dialog crash on Mac OS Lion.
- Improved handling of user selected image aspect ratios.
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All versions:4.3 stars
out of 72 votes
Current version:2.0 stars
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"Still Not Ready for Prime Time"
Version: Photo to Movie 5.2.0
Much more complete control over motion than is offered by iPhoto or iMovie.
Excellent finished quality movie
Wide range of transitions available
Better control of text, titles and sound tracks than iPhoto or iMovie
Where to start...
Very clunky interface leads to high level of frustration
Totally useless User Manual
Slow and unresponsive tech support
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I want to like Photo to Movie, I really do. In fact this is my second try liking it. I gave up on v. 4.2 a few years ago due to its buggy interface and incomprehensible user manual.
I decided to pay for an upgrade to v. 5.0 when I needed to create a special slideshow and wanted to have more control over panning and zooming, titles, and the sound track than you can get in Apple's native programs like Aperture, iPhoto, and iMovie. I'd hoped that the bugs had been worked out since I last tried the program. They haven't.
When P to M works it's great. But there are so many incomprehensible, unpredictable, behaviors that it remains an exercise in frustration. Just a few examples: You can reorganize photos by dragging them in the timeline -- then suddenly you can't. You can delete a photo from the timeline by selecting it and hitting the delete button -- then suddenly you can't. You try to insert a blank slide at a certain point in the timeline. It appears somewhere else instead. And if you don't have just the right part of the interface selected, what you want to have happen won't happen and there won't be any cue to tell you that you can't do what you're trying to do (example, reversing the key frames).
The user's manual remains as opaque, circular, and unhelpful as I remember it being. (Speaking of opacity -- how many people know that you can adjust it by adjusting the "alpha channel" on the color window. Is that explained anywhere in the manual? No.) And of the half dozen times I tried to chat live with someone via their support page, someone was actually available once.
Alas, P to M is still not ready for prime-time. The 20% of extra functionality it'll give you over its Apple native competitors isn't worth the time you'll lose and the exasperation you'll suffer along the way.