Sometimes we’ll enhance a photo, remove some red eye, create a photo album, straighten a crooked photo, or crop, maybe even drop in a couple of effects. That’s the extent of it. More adventurous Mac-using photo aficionados want more. Here’s more.
Photo Magic Movies From FotoMagico
Digital photos are static beasts. Apple gives you an option in iPhoto to create movies from digital photos using the built-in Ken Burns effect which adds a bit of motion to static photos.
Movement is added to plain old motionless photos by slowly zooming in, or zooming out, or panning across a photo.
The end result is a QuickTime movie of photos in a slow moving slideshow. That’s all well and good, but that’s all you’re going to get from iPhoto.
At the other end of the scale is the home version of FotoMagico, a Mac slideshow app with tools and capability that go beyond iPhoto, beyond Aperture, to make broadcast quality video productions from nothing more than your photos.
FotoMagico’s base app gives you a set of desirable tools. Included are transitions between slides with granular controls.
Drag and drop photos into FotoMagico from iPhoto and quickly arrange a slideshow timeline. Then, go back to each photo and arrange the onscreen effects. Text, motion (zoom, pans, etc.) and effects.
Slideshow creation can be instant, or you control every aspect of each component. How long a transition from photo to photo takes. Fonts and font sizes. FotoMagico makes it easy to add motion to text on screen, just like you see in TV commercials.
The basic version also lets you drop in video clips as if they were photos, and give them the same treatment and integration. Controls are detailed and extensive but not difficult to learn.
Your production can be saved as a QuickTime movie, suitable for uploading to YouTube, as a web movie, sharing with iTunes, or exporting as a file ready to be burned to a DVD.
As good as FotoMagico is, and it’s far beyond anything you can do in iPhoto, there are some issues. Photos don’t always appear as sharp in a movie as in the static photo. You can’t adjust color in FotoMagico so you’ll need to drag and drop enhanced photos.
Still, slideshow movie output, including an audio track, is about as good as you can get without going to the more expensive Pro version which adds Aperture and Lightroom integration, multiple audio tracks, color options, and chapter inserts.