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Using Track Layout Options

Posted April 30th, 2010 by Chris

Photo to Movie 4.5 produces video sized according to the settings in Document Info. Most of the time the video is either 4:3 (standard) or 16:9 (wide screen).

Usually, your photos fill the entire area of the video — that is: the photos extend out to the edge of the video.

With Photo to Movie 4.5, you can control the portion of the output video that is used for the photos. This makes it easy to set the video back 5% or 10% for title safety. This was not possible in earlier versions of Photo to Movie.

To use the track layout, click on the rectangle to the far left of your photo track in the timeline. This will bring up the track inspector.


The track inspector gives you buttons for 5%, 10%, and Full. These buttons will fill in the fields with values intended to easily handle title safety margins. You can also enter specific values in the margin fields.

The track inspector gives you the flexibility to setup a variety of interesting layouts.

For instance, you could set your right margin to a larger number so that the right side of the layout can be used for titles; the photos only appear within the square region on the left. The key frames on the photos are shaped like squares now.


The margins for the 1920×1080 HD layout above are:

  • Top: 54
  • Left: 54
  • Bottom 54
  • Right: 920

As you can see, this simple layout option gives you a lot of flexibility for displaying your photos.

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