Photo to Movie
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Create a movie by zooming/panning over a photo.   Shareware ($29.95)
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Photo to Movie enables you to create a movie by zooming and panning over a photo. It presents a simple interface to specify the starting and ending frames and generates full quality QuickTime or DV Stream files (compatible with iMovie).

You can use Photo to Movie to:
  • Graphically select the starting and ending frames
  • Select the position and zoom of the starting and ending frames
  • Preview the starting and ending frames as you edit them
  • Preview the entire movie during editing
  • Drag desired images directly into the configuration window
  • Drag and drop
What's New
Version 5.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later





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Photo to Movie User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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LanceS8179 reviewed on 22 Dec 2013
Support is nonexistent. I have e-mailed, left messages etc. No response. Apple app store doesn't have latest version and since it was bought through that outlet, I can't update. Totally frustrated. Don't spend your money here.
[Version 5.2]


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Jimge reviewed on 25 Jun 2013
I have gone off PTM that I originally used to like a lot, mainly over the difficulty in adjusting the duration without messing with the transitions and other controls. It seemed kludgy last time I used it.

Also, from a marketing perspective, the yet-another and unimaginative picture of a grinning child on the icon says it is a program for moms or adoring dads, not serious slideshow producers.
[Version 5.2]


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Macs007 reviewed on 11 Jan 2012
This can mostly be achieved with the latest iMovie as default - with better control too.

Not to speak of the most ugly unintuitive GUI.
Sorry .. not good and certainly not for a whopping $50
[Version 5.0.7]

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Bdkennedy1 replied on 29 Sep 2012
A solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
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Hilbo60 commented on 10 Dec 2011
Many apologies to all concerned in this discussion, as this comment has nothing to do with the software, but is it not time to give "does what it says on the tin" a extremely hurried burial?
[Version 5.0.5]


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Shiny22 commented on 26 May 2011
I bought this back at v2 or thereabouts. It does what it says on the tin and you can get good results quite quickly. However their upgrade policy stinks - even to the stage where point updates get charged for, and it really hasn't got that many new features. If I kept upgrading by now I would have bought Final Cut Express - which is a whole to more capable. So, I did.

BTW am I the only one who thinks it odd that they release a v5.0.0 but it has, as known issues, "Rendering and performance issues with effects and transitions"? Do I understand this correctly? We have a new version, we're charging for it but it doesn't actually work very well?
[Version 5.0]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 26 May 2011
Version 5.0 is a beta. For a short while there was a mistake where we only had the beta listed and not the current stable version (which is now listed) 4.7.4.1.
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Jacko commented on 25 Mar 2011
This app is on sale today at Apple's app store for $9.99. I just upgraded $29.99. I am irritated. However, if I can't get any of my money back, the least I can do is try to save others a few bucks. My favorite feature of the program is that it will automatically time out your photos with the soundtrack without the soundtrack being one contiguous sound file. Some of the other programs will only time out with the first sound file if you've added say multiple songs. To get the same results, you have to dump your files in a program like Amadeus and join them together. This is too much work for me. Lastly, the quality of the finished presentation has been great in my opinion.
[Version 4.7.3.1]


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Mtcobra commented on 15 Mar 2010
Paying (again) $49 for an upgrade to a Beta is nonsense. I've had this program for some time, but just ‘haven't gotten around to really using it yet.' No excuse on my part, understood, but I don't like paying twice (or more?) for upgrades. I've removed it from my system, and learned a lesson in the process.
[Version 4.2.7]

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Lq Graphics, Inc. (developer) replied on 16 Mar 2010
The beta was posted here without our knowledge or permission and we've since reverted the posting. We generally don't expect users to pay for beta testing; on the other hand, we're a small company and we make money only on sales and upgrades so we want to make it clear to our customers that if they're beta testing, they will eventually need to buy the software if they want to keep using it.
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Brockhurst commented on 20 Nov 2009
The claim that this program is superior to iMovie is arrant nonsense. It may be easier to use, marginally, but the quality of the output images is poor. Ken Burns type 'movies' devised with iMovie and sent via Mobileme are absolutely superb; devised with Photo to Movie and sent by any of the options presented, they are blurred and second rate. But the biggest gripe I have is with the company itself. Customer support is, in my experience, non-exixtant. I have never had a response to a single question asked, and I would advise anyone to think twice before wasting their money on this program. It is little more than a toy.
[Version 4.2.7]

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Lq Graphics, Inc. (developer) replied on 17 Mar 2010
Email us again. We are very active with tech support (although it was definitely less so last year when we were doing development...). But we also fixed a problem with out outgoing mail where if you were on some domains the mail would never arrive. I'll be happy to look up your specific emails and track down what replies we made (or didn't make).

support@lqgraphics.com
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Ficheye replied on 09 Jun 2010
I also own iMovie, but it doesn't do many of the things that Photo to Movie does... that's why I got it. It's main attributes is the zooming functions that can be programmed to follow a linear path. imovie does not do that. Your comments seem to be focused more on your anger about paying for something that you thought was too expensive. I can understand that. But some of your other criticisms are fantasy based. I think that you didn't really use the application as it was meant. True, iMovie has some good processing and effects, but it's 'Ken Burns' effect is limited, to say the least.
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Brockhurst replied on 10 Jun 2010
My irritation with the Photo to Movie program had nothing to do with the Ken Burns transitions. It was the fact that I was unable to send the finished product by MobileMe without an unacceptable loss of image quality because, it would seem, the writers may have assumed that .Mac was the same thing as MobileMe, and it isn't. That at least was the conclusion that the Apple technicians came to after examining Photo to Movie; they couldn't get it to work either. But my main gripe was that none of the emails I sent to Photo to Movie concerning this problem were answered, and it was a full four months after posting my comments that I got any response at all. I have spent the whole of my working life, 40 years, in the graphic design industry, so FICHEYE can rest assured that I am not unfamiliar with the Ken Burns effect and the production of slide shows.
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Lq Graphics, Inc. (developer) replied on 10 Jun 2010
If you're having trouble with uploading to MobileMe, contact me again via email support@lqgraphics.com. I'd like to get things working for you. There is no reason that you shouldn't be able to get a high quality video uploaded to MobileMe. Also, regarding tech support: our response time is usually within a few days; but sometimes we make a mistake or email is blocked as spam. I apologize for the previous lengthy response time you experienced! I can see how that would have been frustrating.
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Corpsecorps replied on 12 Jun 2010
The Ken Burns effect can be accomplished with iMovie?
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Lq Graphics, Inc. (developer) replied on 12 Jun 2010
iMovie can also do the Ken Burns effect -- but Photo to Movie produces a nicer version of it. One of the problems with iMovie is the 'flickering' that occurs due to aliasing. Photo to Movie includes an algorithm called 'adaptive blur' which minimizes the flickering. You can read more about it in our March 2010 newsletter: http://www.lqgraphics.com/software/newsletter_201003.php
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Jimge commented on 19 Sep 2009
There is much to like about this program. However, I have yet to find a way to fix a movie length as an absolute and then adjust lead in and lead out etc within that fixed length.

I am guessing that most users embed the final clip within another video as an edit. In which case, you want to be able to specify clip length.

PTM lets you fix the length of the motion component only, not the actual clip length, as far as I can see. Then you have to do mental arithmetic to add in the head and tail length. It is not hard math, just counter-intuitive.

Please tell me I am wrong and there IS a way to set and LOCK the clip length.
[Version 4.2.5]

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Lq Graphics, Inc. (developer) replied on 17 Mar 2010
There's no way to do this currently. I'll get it into the program, though. You've given a good easy description of why it's a good feature.
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Jimge reviewed on 07 Feb 2009
Photo To Movie is one of the few programs in this genre that allows you to see the audio wave form. This makes it easier to match slides to the beat. I like the ability to readily manipulate clip durations and behaviors, as well as choose paths and intermediate key frames. Overlap and dissolve is a very useful function, and it is easy to add titles and credits, and end up with a slideshow that fits the music length, or you can choose to have the slides finish before the music and fade to black.
[Version 4.2.3]


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AndyAU had trouble on 02 Jan 2004
I haven't used Photo-To-Movie in the last few releases and with this lastest release (2.6.2) my registration key doesn't work. Do I have to re-register?
[Version 2.6.2]

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Anonymous commented on 02 Jan 2004
here's a novel idea, contact the developer(s):

software@lqgraphics.com
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horatio commented on 02 Jan 2004
yes you might do that ;-)

Larry Nuckols rated on 11 Aug 2013

[Version 5.2]



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Lq Graphics rated on 03 Mar 2011

[Version 4.7.3.1]


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Version Downloads:785
Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Shareware
Date:29 Sep 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.95
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Photo to Movie enables you to create a movie by zooming and panning over a photo. It presents a simple interface to specify the starting and ending frames and generates full quality QuickTime or DV Stream files (compatible with iMovie).

You can use Photo to Movie to:
  • Graphically select the starting and ending frames
  • Select the position and zoom of the starting and ending frames
  • Preview the starting and ending frames as you edit them
  • Preview the entire movie during editing
  • Drag desired images directly into the configuration window
  • Drag and drop photos directly from iPhoto
  • Set the length of the exported movie
  • Export NTSC 29.97 fps 720x480 4:3 video suitable for iMovie
  • Export PAL 25 fps 720x576 4:3 video suitable for iMovie
  • Export movies to QuickTime or to DV Stream
  • Import DV Stream directly into iMovie


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