December 2006 Newsletter


Welcome to the Photo to Movie Newsletter

December 2006

In This Issue:

  • Happy Holidays - A DVD Makes a Great Gift
  • User Profile - Douglas Keister - Mobile Mansions DVD
  • Photo to Movie at MacWorld Expo 2007
  • Photo to Movie 4.0.4 (Mac OS X) Release
  • Website Registration
  • Frequently Asked Product Questions
  • Help Needed

Happy Holidays - A DVD Makes a Great Gift

Happy Holidays

Photo to Movie movies burned to DVD make great gift ideas. Give a truly personalized gift to someone. They will remember it forever.

You can also give Photo to Movie itself as a gift.


If you're thinking of purchasing your first copy of Photo to Movie, an additional copy for yourself, or an additional copy as a gift, please consider purchasing from one of our retail distributors.

Photo to Movie is available in Apple Stores, Amazon, Fry's Electronics, MicroCenter, and many other locations.

User Profile - Douglas Keister - Mobile Mansions DVD


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.

Mobile Mansions DVD

Full User Profile with Sample Movie

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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Photo to Movie at MacWorld Expo 2007

As you're exploring the largest gathering of Mac users, experts, and vendors, drop by our booth at MacWorld Expo 2007 from January 9-12, 2007 where we will be presenting Photo to Movie.

  • Get a personalized demonstration
  • Receive detailed instructions and support
  • Ask us for new features
  • Tell us about your own projects
  • Receive a special show discount for new purchases

MacWorld is bigger than ever this year and we'll be located in Booth #3414 in the North Hall, next to the Digital Video Pavilion.

Photo to Movie 4.0.4 (Mac OS X) Release

Photo to Movie for Mac OS 4.0.4 was released in October and is now available on our website. We recommend all users of Photo to Movie 4.0 to upgrade to this latest version.

Late Breaking News Photo to Movie 4.0.4 has a minor problem reloading recorded audio. We expect to fix this problem in Photo to Movie 4.0.5. If you are experiencing this problem, please contact us or wait until Photo to Movie 4.0.5 is released next week (Dec 21, 2006).

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This new version fixes numerous issues and adds some cool new features including full screen playback on a 2nd display, improved motion templates, and better tracking of photo and music files. Complete revision notes are available here:

Photo to Movie (Mac OS) 4.0.4 Release Notes

If you already have a valid Photo to Movie 4.0 license key, the upgrade is free. If you have a license key purchased before December 1, 2005, the upgrade to Photo to Movie 4.0 is $29.95.

Website Registration

The online registration process for Photo to Movie is required for users who have purchased a retail copy of Photo to Movie. Unfortunately, the process was broken for a few weeks. It is fixed now. If Photo to Movie was repeatedly asking you to register online, you will have to do it one final time and then it should not ask you again. If you have any questions about this, please email us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Photo to Movie? Send us email at

The Photo to Movie website includes FAQs on a variety of topics. Check it out here:

Photo to Movie FAQ

Help Needed

Looking for Users to Profile

Would you like to be profiled in one of our upcoming newsletters? Do you have a project created in Photo to Movie that you are especially proud of and would like to share it with others? If so, please contact us at and let us know. We are always looking for new and exciting projects to share with our customers.

Beta Testing

Beta testing for Photo to Movie 4.1 (Mac OS) will be starting soon. To be a beta tester, you must be a licensed Photo to Movie 4.0 user. If you are interested, make sure you're on our Mac Beta emailing list. You can do that by visiting this web page:

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