August 2007 Newsletter


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August 2007

Well, it's now the middle of August, which means many of you have already returned from your summer vacations. We hope they were highly memorable, and don't forget that with Photo to Movie any collection of vacation snapshots can be made into a slideshow that perfectly preserves the moment. Using some of the techniques from last month's newsletter you can relive your holiday all year round! But Photo to Movie's uses don't stop there. For the month of August, Photo to Movie welcomes you back to school with suggestions for classroom projects. And for those of you who like to keep it simple, we've provided some brief steps to follow if you'd like a slideshow without motion. From the novice to the pro, in class or at the beach, Photo to Movie makes meeting your needs as simple as dragging, dropping, and clicking.

Back to School -- Photo to Movie in the Classroom


The slideshow has an infinite number of uses, beginning and ending with your creative impulse; but unlike other software that interacts directly with your vision Photo to Movie is easy enough for a sixth grader to learn. Which is why it makes the perfect addition to any classroom. Photo to Movie enables students to learn the basics of digital editing while organizing their research on other topics as well. Whether the task at hand is academic, commemorative, or just for fun, creating a slideshow ensures an easy, educational, and entertaining experience.

Photo to Movie can be used to create slideshows for ending semester parties, or DVDs for parents of field trips to the aquarium or pumpkin patch. It can be used to capture the moment of student debates, visual presentations, or PE activities. Or, you could install Photo to Movie in just a few minutes on to your classroom computer and let the students themselves take the helm. All the basics of digital editing-- file importing/exporting, rudimentary cutting with transitions, editing to rhythm, applying motion to a clip -- are learned as one organizes photographs into a slideshow. And what oral presentation wouldn't benefit from documentary-style moving stills? Allow your students to complement their historical, geographical, or political reports with digital photographs and even voice-over narration recorded by the students themselves (all you need is a microphone and an audio jack on your computer)!

With a thousand and one uses, Photo to Movie makes the perfect digital workspace for any classroom project, from the elementary to the college level. And don't forget that we offer volume purchases of our software (5 copies or more) at a discounted price to all schools, too!

Photo to Movie Retail Box for Mac and Windows Now Available!

Mac and Windows users need no longer fear being sent incompatible software when ordering Photo to Movie. Now available through all Apple stores and online at, Photo to Movie offers a cross-platform retail box. All you need to do is buy the software and pop in the CD, regardless of your operating system!

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Did You Know?

How To Create A Slideshow Without Motion

Photo to Movie was engineered specifically as an editing tool that anyone could use to apply professional-like movement to their digitial photos. What may take a half-hour to program in Final Cut Pro is only a few clicks away in Photo to Movie. However, we also understand that sometimes photos on their own can be powerful -- a fact the best documentary filmmakers know as well. So for those of you seeking the elegant simplicity of a slideshow without motion, we offer these few steps.


  • First, drop your photos into a Photo to Movie document and put them in order, just as you would ordinarily.
  • Next, click on one of the photos in the timeline. Then go to Edit > Select All to select all photos.
  • Click on the "motion templates" button. When the dialog appears, select "No Motion" in the top menu.
  • Set the zoom to 100%, the rotation to 0.0, and uncheck both random zoom and random rotation.
  • If your photos are a different size from the aspect ratio of your movie (4:3 standard or 16:9 widescreen) you can create boundaries so that your photos either fill up the entire screen or are shown with a black border. To crop the photo and fill up the screen select "Keep Motion Within Photo". To show the entire photo with black surrounding it, unselect "Keep Motion Within Photo". And make sure the option "Use Title Safe Photo Boundaries" is unchecked, too.

And your slideshow is complete! You're ready to export to a file or burn to DVD!


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