January 2011 Newsletter


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January 2011

Welcome to the January 2011 edition of the Photo to Movie newsletter!

In this newsletter:

  • DVD vs. Blu-ray vs. 1080p video
  • Photo to Movie 4.7
  • Recover Your License Key Online
  • Special Deals Mailing List
  • Newsletter Archive
  • Notices

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DVD vs. Blu-ray vs. 1080p video

We still get a lot of questions and many users have confusion over what video formats to use when presenting an HD slideshow -- either on an HDTV or on the web. So we thought that this month we would summarize the advantages and disadvantages of the various formats, when to use them, and try to answer a few other questions along the way.

The full reference article can still be found here:


HDTV - DVD vs. Blu-ray

For presenting your videos on an HDTV, you have a few choices.

The easiest choice, but with the least desirable video quality is to burn your slideshow to a DVD and play the DVD on your HDTV.

DVD's have an intrinsic resolution of 720x480 pixels (NTSC) and 720x540 pixels (PAL). Those pixels are either displayed in a 4:3 (standard) aspect ratio or a 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. This is typically called 480p video.

As you can see, 480p is a whole lot less than 1080p. So DVD's played on your HDTV will appear with about 1/2 of the available resolution. For many situations, this is acceptable. For instance, if your viewers are typically sitting back further than the optimal viewing distance, then the lower resolution may be unnoticeable.

However, for truly HD video, you have two options:

1) Burn to Blu-ray and play the Blu-ray on your HDTV.

2) Burn to a HD video file and play the video file using a computer or an online service such as YouTube.

The problem with Blu-ray is that it is not widely available in everyone's home. So if you have a Blu-ray player connected to your TV and a Blu-ray disc recorder connected to your computer, this may be an acceptable solution. However, Blu-ray players (and recorders) are not as widespread as DVD players. So if you want to distribute your video, you will need to assess whether your recipients have a Blu-ray player available.

If you have a media center connected to your HDTV that is running on a computer, you might also choose to render your slideshow to a 1080p video file and then upload or otherwise play that video file from the media center. See the section below for specifics.

Similarly, you might be able to upload your video to YouTube (at the highest 1080p quality settings) and play it directly from YouTube.

Web - 1080p Video

Using Photo to Movie, the easiest way to publish high quality videos is to use Photo to Movie's intrinsic support for uploading to YouTube. Using this technique, you can create your slideshow (make sure it is using the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio) and upload it directly to YouTube as 1080p video.

Make your slide, click the Make Movie button, choose the YouTube format option at the top of the Make Movie dialog, choose the High Definition video format, enter your username and password and Photo to Movie will do the rest.

If you have other requirements that aren't met by YouTube, then you can use the QuickTime (Mac and Windows) or Windows Media (Windows only) video formats and adjust the rendering for your specific requirements.

We published a few articles that have in depth information about publishing for the web.



The November 2009 newsletter also has some addition information about web publishing:


Photo to Movie 4.7

Photo to Movie 4.7 is our latest release. It has been available since September 2010.

If you haven't checked out the new version, please consider upgrading. Photo to Movie 4.7 is the most feature rich and stable version we've ever released.

In addition, anyone who purchases an upgrade now will be eligible for the free upgrade for at least a year (including Photo to Movie 5, when it is released later this spring).

You can upgrade here:

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Here is a quick run down of the new features since Photo to Movie 4.2 (Mac) and Photo to Movie 3.5 (Windows):

  • YouTube Upload. Added YouTube panel to Make Movie dialog.
  • Video Clips. Support for adding video clips to the timeline (Mac OS only).
  • 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.

Recover Your Lost License Key Online

Have you lost your Photo to Movie license key? We can send you your latest license key to the email under which you original purchased or registered.

To retrieve your Photo to Movie (or Motion Pictures) license keys, visit our website and enter your email address:

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We also offer other support for using Photo to Movie on our newly redesigned Training and Support web page:

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Special Deals Mailing List

Due to numerous requests, LQ Graphics now has a special mailing list for special deals, offers, and discounts on LQ Graphics products and 3rd party products.

This is a great way to SAVE MONEY on software. We're negotiating with several other companies to offer special DISCOUNTS to our customers on their products. We expect the first special offer to be available in early December -- SIGN UP NOW.

This special deals mailing list is opt-in only. You must click on the link below and check the appropriate box to be included.

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Newsletter Archive

All of our previous newsletters are available on our website. Check them out for tips, news, and information items.

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