For most Mac users, what we have on our Macs in greater numbers than anything else are photos. You know, the tens of thousands of photos stuffed into iPhoto. House, spouse, kids, neighbors, vacations, co-workers, pets, birthdays, holidays, and everything in between. iPhoto and iMovie make it kinda sorta easy to turn those static photos into motion movies, but not with the features of Photo to Movie.
Add Motion And Sound To Photos
Our house is filled with family, noise, pets, relatives, and neighbors. That situation translates to an iPhoto and iMovie collection puts a strain on the Mac’s storage.
iPhoto makes it amazingly easy to create a slideshow of photos from an album. Motion can be added to the photos but in all fairness to free, the motion is anemic.
Closer to the professional level Ken Burns Effects we see on television is Photo to Movie.
How it works is simple enough. Grab photos from iPhoto and drop them onto the Photo to Movie timeline from the Media Browser.
Drop in a soundtrack from a movie clip or music. Then, set up transitions between each photo. But not just transitions.
Photo to Movie also gives you options to zoom into or out of photos, or pan left and right across a photo, which adds motion to each photo.
Titles can be dropped onto each photo, and each photo has controls for transitions and effects. Up to this point, Photo to Movie is rather easy (but more complex than iPhoto).
The Timeline displays each photo and the transition duration. Photos are displayed in a real-time Preview which includes titles, zooms, pans, transitions, and effects. Photo to Movie also includes backgrounds, granular motion effects controls, and effects which can be applied to photos.
Clearly, this is not your father’s iPhoto or iMovie. Photo to Movie brings professional level tools to an app almost any Mac user with a collection of boring, static photos can use.
Photo slideshows can be created within minutes, then exported to QuickTime movies, burned to DVDs in HD quality. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that video output doesn’t seem to match photo quality. Sharp, crisp photos from iPhoto get mushed a bit in the translation from static photo to motion slideshow movie.
Photo to Movie comes with 20 basic transitions, but a package of 25 more transitions comes with a price tag that’s a little too close to the cost of Photo to Movie.
Ugly is the upgrade policy, which is priced just two-thirds of the retail price, but seems to come around each year or so though new features are few and far between.
Photo to Movie delivers similar features to FotoMagico Home, and both are priced the same, though each has a unique approach to creating slideshows.