July 2010 Newsletter

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Welcome to the Photo to Movie Newsletter

July 2010

Welcome to the July 2010 Photo to Movie newsletter.

This month saw the release of Photo to Movie 4.6 and we're going to take a look at a specific feature: Using graphic objects in Photo to Movie 4.6.

Also, with school just a month away, this is a great time to consider using Photo to Movie in your classroom. See the section below for some ideas.

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Photo to Movie 4.6 Released

Photo to Movie 4.6 was released this month with some great new features. It is a free upgrade for anyone with a valid Photo to Movie 4.5 license key and costs just $29.95 to upgrade if you have a license key older than September 1, 2009.

Here is a quick run down of the new features.

  • YouTube Upload. Added YouTube panel to Make Movie dialog.
  • iDVD Integration. Added iDVD panel to Make Movie dialog (Mac OS only).
  • Graphic Objects. Added ability to add graphics similar to how titles are added.
  • Title Linking. Added ability to link titles and graphic objects to specific photos.
  • Photo Labels. Added ability to automatically label all photos with name, date, time, etc.
  • Title Editing. Added ability to change font and color of multiple titles at once.
  • Title Alignment. Added ability to align multiple titles or graphic objects to each other.
  • Title Backgrounds. Added a panel for setting title backgrounds.

You can download it here:

Download Photo to Movie 4.6

Online Documentation

This month we put the full documentation for Photo to Movie 4.6 online. You can download the PDF or browse the HTML documentation directly using this link under the section "User's Guide":

Photo to Movie Support

Graphic Objects in Photo to Movie 4.6

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Photo to Movie 4.6 introduces graphic objects to the Photo to Movie timeline. A graphic can be used to add a logo to your slideshow, add more complex text than what Photo to Movie's built-in text system supports, or add other types of adornments to your slideshow.

Adding a Graphic

Much in the same way that you can add titles to your slideshow, you can now add graphics. A graphic would typically be a company logo, a photo, or even an SVG file.

To add a graphic, choose the menu item Title > Add Graphic... and choose your PNG, GIF, TIFF, JPG, or SVG file. As with titles, if you have a photo selected when you add the graphic, the new graphic object will be linked to the start/end times of the photo.

Once the graphic is added to the timeline, you can edit the scaling (anywhere from 0.2X to 4.0X). And as with titles, you can edit the in- and out- effects when the graphic enters or exits.

Graphic Resolution and Scaling

Since Photo to Movie can render your slideshow to a variety of video sizes, Photo to Movie will inevitably end up scaling the graphic. So the size of the graphic cannot be directly mapped onto the size of the movie.

Instead, a graphic with a height of 480px is considered to be full height for the movie. This means that if your logo is 240px tall, it will appear as 50% the height of your movie. You can make it larger or smaller by scaling it using the graphic inspector.

If you want to have a logo which is full resolution for 1080p video and you want it to take 25% of the height of the video, the logo image must be at least 1080 x 25% = 270px tall. Then you would scale it to fit to 25% of the height of the video.

The nice thing about this technique is that if you decide to render to the movie to 720p, the graphic will still appear as the same relative size in the output video.

Using SVG files

You can also use an SVG file as a graphic.

When using SVG, the SVG width and height must be set in the base svg element. As with image files, 480px will represent the full height of the movie.

An advantage of using SVG files is that you do not have to worry about resolution issues since they are resolution independent.

A limitation of SVG files in Photo to Movie 4.6 is that they cannot load external resources such as images.

Photo to Movie for Education

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Are you an educator? Photo to Movie is used in classrooms everywhere as an easy media production tool. Students of all ages can use Photo to Movie for basic video projects.

  • Story telling and informational presentations
  • Titling, audio, and narration
  • Visual composition on a timeline
  • Video, DVD, and web publishing, including YouTube
  • Book reports, science projects, and more

We offer Photo to Movie packages to fit any budget for your classroom. Please contact us directly if you're thinking of using Photo to Movie in your classroom and let us answer any questions or requests that you have.

Contact us at support@lqgraphics.com

User Groups

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Are you able to present Photo to Movie to your local MUG or other user group?

We're always looking for knowledgeable users to present Photo to Movie at local MUGs and other user groups. We can supply you with a free copy of Photo to Movie to give away, a user group discount, brochures, CD's, and other material for your presentation.

For user group inquiries, contact us at support@lqgraphics.com today.

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