September 2008 Newsletter

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Welcome to the Photo to Movie Newsletter

September 2008

Welcome to the August 2008 edition of the Photo to Movie newsletter. How's your summer been?

By now, many of you are probably concentrated your return to school and work -- and for some of our readers, it might be the first time in either place! Don't forget that Photo to Movie not only preserves vacation memories as they grow ever more distant, but any momentous occasion. Parents can make a slideshow of their child's first week at kindergarten to show to the whole family over the upcoming holidays. College freshmen leaving home for the first time can email a slideshow of pics from their first rally or football game to put mom and dad at ease (perhaps omitting a few photos while they're at it). With little effort and lots of rewards Photo to Movie can help keep your far-flung family connected in vivid, creative ways.

In fact, this month we'd like to detail just how vivid Photo to Movie can become with an article on High Definition playback. Anyone with a Blu-ray disc burner can now experience their slideshows at full HD resolution, bringing your memories to life like never before.

Also, don't forget to read the section on beta testing and job openings below too!

Finally, just a brief reminder that Photo to Movie software also makes the perfect addition to any classroom. Our software enables students to learn the basics of digital editing while organizing their research on any topic. Whether the task at hand is academic, commemorative, or just for fun, creating a slideshow ensures an easy, educational, and entertaining experience. We offer volume purchases of our software (5 copies or more) at a discounted price to all schools, too. Treat your computer lab to a fun and engaging workshop just in time for the back-to-school season!

Photo to Movie 4.1.6 (Mac OS) available now

Photo to Movie (Mac OS) 4.1.6 is ready! Photo to Movie 4.1.6 features the following enhancements:

  • Performance improvements during preview and rendering.
  • Rendering improvements when using H.264.
  • Media browser interface and bug adjustments.
  • Transition improvements including a new Extended Plug-in Transition named Color Drop.
  • Several other minor bug fixes and additional user interface improvements.

If you're already updated to Photo to Movie 4.1.0 or later, you can get the new version by launching Photo to Movie and choosing the menu item Photo to Movie > Check for Updates...

If you haven't updated to Photo to Movie 4.1 yet, you can find out more information and upgrade here:

https://store.lqgraphics.com/software/phototomovieupgrade.php

An update to Photo to Movie (Windows) is also in the works. Look for it in the coming months!

High Definition -- HD-quality Slideshows

With the war between Blu-ray and HD DVD finally settled (Blu-ray won), media companies are free to adopt the HD platform with all its benefits. High Definition playback can give your slideshows stunning clarity, provided that you capture your photographs at a high pixel resolution. Colors, shadows, and faces from your encapsulated moments will appear even more real and vivid than in memories.

However, there are a few things to be aware of while venturing into HD territory. Here's a brief FAQ with tips for creating HD Slideshows:

Where Can I Play HD Slideshows?

Playing your movies at HD quality is limited to playback from a computer or playback from a Blu-ray Disc. Some media center PC's have the ability to play back HD quality video too.

What Photo to Movie Format Will Give Me HD?

The choices for video suitable for HD playback are limited -- namely you must choose the format: HD-1080p, HD-1080i, or HD-720p. It is best to match the format to the device which will play back the movie; but if everything else is equal, choose HD-1080p, since it is the highest quality. All HD video is widescreen, so your movie within Photo to Movie must be widescreen too.

How Do I Create an HD Slideshow in Photo to Movie?

On the Mac, you can render HD video in the H.264 format. Using Make Movie, select the QuickTime rendering panel. Then choose QuickTime for the movie format. Select one of the high definition formats under the settings menu. Then render your movie. You can use QuickTime Player or FrontRow to play your movie on your computer.

On Windows, you can render HD video to Windows Media file format. Start by using Document Info to choose the file format: Windows Media. Choose a custom settings with a size of 1920x1080. Choose best quality. Now render your movie. You can use Windows Media Player to play your movie.

Do I Need to Burn to Blu-Ray to Get HD Quality?

If your computer can be connected to an HD TV, you can play the rendered movie back directly to the TV.

If you have a Blu-ray disc burner and a 3rd party application for doing Blu-ray burning, however, you can burn it to a Blu-ray disc. One thing to remember: the Blu-ray disc can only be played back on a Blu-ray player. It cannot be played back on a standard DVD player.

You may also be able to use some media center PCs to play back the video. These may require special codecs to be installed to allow you to play back H.264, if you use that format.

For more information on publishing to DVD, the Web, and HD, see our publishing article:

http://www.lqgraphics.com/software/article_publishing.php

Photo to Movie -- Help us Beta Test!

We're continuously working on new versions of Photo to Movie and we're always looking for beta testers. Beta testing for Photo to Movie Version 4.2 will begin very shortly. We're very excited about many of the new features and improved functions -- more on those in the next newsletter.

This is your opportunity to participate in an official update that makes this already-user-friendly software even more fun to work with. If you're interested in participating in the testing of this new update, please make sure you're subscribed to the beta email list here:

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Job Opening -- Photo to Movie Tech Support

Are you good with computers? Do you find yourself often troubleshooting technological problems for your friends? Then why not work for Photo to Movie's customer support department?

You would be responsible for working customer issues such as installations, maintenance, upgrade, and billing through to resolution. In addition, you would help build a customer support database for addressing the most common problems Photo to Movie customers have. You'd probably work between 10 and 20 hours per month.

All support is done online, so no phone experience is required for this position.

If you think you're the person for the job, read more about the requirements at our website! We'd love to hear from you.

http://www.lqgraphics.com/software/jobs.php

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