Publishing Movies for DVD, the Web, and HD
Photo to Movie can render movies in a wide variety of formats. Knowing what format to use in what situation is important but can be very confusing. This article will attempt to give you some of the trade-offs and concerns for DVD, web publishing, and High Definition (HD) video.
How to Make a Great Wedding Photo DVD
After all the planning, the big day has finally passed, leaving the couple with a number of new additions to your happy family and, hopefully, a collection of painstakingly taken digital photos. But where do you go from there? Do you simply start at the beginning? Where is the beginning: when you first met, or when the procession at the ceremony began? How many pictures should be included? Should you create captions to describe every event taking place?
Create Professional-Grade Slideshows using H.264
Quicktime users have a powerful codec at their disposal (a codec is the software used to compress a finished video) that's as simple to use as clicking a few extra buttons in Photo to Movie. H.264, one of the latest advances in video technology contained in Quicktime, offers clean, crisp, high-quality video that maximizes hard drive space without compromising the beauty of your vision. If you have the latest version of Quicktime 7 installed then follow these easy steps to make the most of your slideshow.
Copyrights, Digital Files, and Your Slideshows
Some of the most frequently asked questions the Photo to Movie team receives are related to using copyrighted images and music in slideshows. Can one use them under any circumstances? If I find a photo of the Eiffel Tower through a Google search and place it in a slideshow, am I required to check the copyright? If I create a slideshow for my mother or husband and want to use a Michael Bolton song, will I get a phone call from his lawyers? These are all excellent questions, although the matter is so complex that determining what can be used and what can't is often a difficult task.
Create a Holiday Newsletter
The holiday newsletter is still a lively art, and one of the most instantly recognizable forms of correspondence. There is no right or wrong way to write one -- it's best when a family, or individual, structures their newsletter in a manner that suits their personality. You might write a newsletter as a funny poem summarizing happenings throughout the year, or as a series of brief blurbs about each family member's recent accomplishments, written from their point of view. Be creative and your family and friends will look forward to reading your newsletters year after year! If, however, you happen to be hard-pressed for ideas this holiday season, we offer these simple tips to creating a short but entertaining email newsletter featuring a Photo to Movie slideshow of the year your family had.