Photo to Movie User Profile - Douglas Keister

Douglas created a documentary that explores the history of recreational vehicles from the covered wagon to today's massive diesel motorhomes. He created the Mobile Mansions DVD using Photo to Movie and sells this wonderful documentary on his website.

LQ Graphics: What kind of work do you do?

Douglas Keister: I'm a professional photographer and writer. I usually write and photograph books (31 at this count and three more in the works) I also write and illustate magazine articles. And, thanks to Photo to Movie, I've also done an hour-long DVD.

LQ: What is your background?

DK: My first job as a photographer was in the late 1960's. I photographed a variety of subjects from weddings and portraits to advertising and illustration work. In the mid 1980's I started doing photographic books with a emphasis on historic architecture.

LQ: How do you use Photo to Movie?

DK: I first used Photo to Movie when I was doing an hour-long video titled Mobile Mansions. The video tells the story of recreational vehicles from the covered wagon to the modern day. I used material from my three books on vintage RV's: Ready to Roll, Silver Palaces and Mobile Mansions. I also incorporated a lot of additional material such as dozens of vintage advertisements and brochures. Photo to Movie was an invaluable tool when compliing the DVD. I've also used Photo to Movie to do short animations of some of my other photographs.

DK: Photo to Movie gives me a wonderful way to liven up still photographs by allowing a virtually unlimited variety and number of movements within a single photograph. When combining those features with the transition effects between photographs, Photo to Movie helps me to truly create some extraordinary effects and at an astonishingly low price.

LQ: How has Photo to Movie benefited you in your work?

DK: Photo to Movie has been a great way to present compilations of my work; especially when pitching an idea to a client. The fact is, clients and potential clients would often rather sit back and watch a short video than sift through mountains of photographs or click through a slideshow.

LQ: What feature(s) in Photo to Movie do you use most often?

DK: I used the the zooming and panning more than anything else. What I like most about the zooming and panning is the variety of choices possible and the ability to generate smooth transitions within the pans and the gentle easing in and easing out (no jumpy fast starts and stops). The ability to fine-tune the time makes it easy to coordinate and synchronize voice and music with images.

LQ: How did Photo to Movie fit into your overall workflow?

DK: My entire Mobile Mansions DVD was assembled on iMovie. Complex animations were produced on Photo to Movie. Then the entire project was burned via iDVD. I imported music (which I purchased on Royalty Free CDs) via iTunes. For my voice recording I used an ancient Akai reel-to-reel tape recorder (I found it easier to record and go back and forth on a reel to reel machine) then import that sound via a device called an iMic.

LQ: What are people's reactions when they watch the DVD?

DK: People are absolutely astounded that I was able to quickly put together an animated presentation that has a very professional look. "You did that on your computer without any help? I'm impressed" is the most frequent comment.

LQ: What are your future plans for using Photo to Movie?

DK: I plan to do more short animated presentations. Photo to Movie is a great way to convey lots of information quickly and professionally.

LQ: Any other final thoughts?

DK: I think you might do well selling Photo to Movie to members of professional photography organizations like the ASMP, APA, PPA, etc.

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