Photo to Movie Express 1.0

Produce stylish HD slideshows in minutes with step-by-step interface. Fast and astonishingly easy!

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What's the difference with Photo to Movie?

Photo to Movie ExpressStep by step interface for getting started.
Photo to MovieFull control and flexibility for more advanced users.

You can use Photo to Movie Express to quickly start your slideshow projects. It will automatically add layouts, backgrounds, titles, and music. Render directly from Photo to Movie Express, or continue with more detailed editing by transferring your project to the more full featured Photo to Movie.

Photo to Movie Express is a user friendly application to create slideshow videos from your photos. Photo to Movie Express will accept just about any type of photo, add motion and captions to your photos, add a soundtrack, and share your video directly to Facebook, YouTube, or to a video file that can be used on a website or burned to DVD.

Ready? Follow These Steps.

Start with photos from your library.

The first thing you will need to do is add photos from your photo library. Photo to Movie Express shows you common photo libraries in the media browser. Clicking on the libraries will show the individual photos and you can drag photos from the browser into the photo strip near the bottom of the window.

There is a slider to adjust the size of the thumbnails, giving you a better view of the photos that you'd like to use.

You can select multiple photos in the browser or just drag entire folders directly from the photo library window.

Once the photos are in the photo strip, you can rearrange them by dragging or delete them to put them into the desired order.

Photo to Movie Express will also start recommending that you add or remove photos based on how many photos are currently in the photo strip, your music, and your captions. Photo to Movie Express provides music automatically for each theme.

You may need to return to this screen to adjust the photo count once you choose you theme, captions, and music.

Expert Advice

  • Use photos that are at least 2048x1536 in size for best results.
  • You can also drag photos directly from other applications such as iPhoto or Aperture or from the Finder.
  • You can save your document anytime and you should do so frequently.
  • We plan to include a photo organizer window to make re-ordering your photos easier in a future version.

Choose a slideshow theme.

Click on the Next button to move to the theme screen.

Photo to Movie Express provides several themes for your slideshow. Move to the next screen by clicking on the Next button. Then select your desired theme from the menu.

You can click on photos in the photo strip to see how they will appear in the theme.

Expert Advice

  • Changing the theme will result in different slideshow timing and slideshow motion.

Edit your photos.

Click on the Next to move to the photo editing screen.

You may need to rotate your photos if Photo to Movie Express was unable to automatically figure out the photo orientation. Click on the photo in the photo strip and press one of the rotate buttons.

Expert Advice

  • You can jump directly to any screen by press Cmd- 1 through 8 or by choosing the desired menu item in the View menu.
  • Future improvements will include cropping and applying other photo effects.

Adjust motion effects.

Click on the Next button to move to the motion effects screen.

Photo to Movie Express will automatically set the motion effects on your photos based on the theme. You can customize this motion, if necessary, to highlight specific parts of your photos. Using motion effects, you reveal or focus on specific features by zooming in our out. Motion effects can also provide extra visual interest.

You edit the motion effects by dragging the start and end rectangles. You can resize them or drag them around.

To create a zoom in effect, make the start rectangle larger than the end. To create no motion, make both rectangles the same size and position.

Expert Advice

  • Changing the theme will change the default motion effects. Changing the order of slides may change the aspect ratio of your motion effects, depending on the theme.

Enter captions and credits.

Click on the Next button to move to the captions and credits screen.

You can add up to three lines of captions to each photo. You might use them for the name of the photo, its location, and its date/time. However, it is really up to you.

Select each for photo for which you want to enter a caption. Enter the caption and click the tab or return key when finished.

You can also add up to three lines of opening and closing credits. Click on the Opening Credits or the Closing Credits tab and enter the desired credits.

Expert Advice

  • If you have not entered a valid license key, Photo to Movie Express will place a watermark caption on the entire slideshow. Just purchase a license key. It's inexpensive and supports the product, really!
  • If you use the default theme music, an attribution may appear automatically when the song begins to play. There is no way to remove this attribution unless you remove the default music and replace it with your own.

Add music from your library.

Click on the Next button to move to the music screen.

You can select music from your music libraries and drag individual music pieces from the list at the bottom to the list at the right.

Photo to Movie Express will automatically add music that goes along with your selected theme. If you want to replace that music, just select the song in the right side area and press delete. Then add your own music.

The length of your slideshow is determined by your music. Photo to Movie Express will make recommendations (shown as red text above the photo strip) on whether to add or remove photos in order that the duration of each photo is within the desired range. After you select your music, it is a good idea to go back and adjust the number of photos in your slideshow to match the recommendation.

Expert Advice

  • If you use the default theme music, an attribution may appear automatically when the song begins to play. There is no way to remove this attribution unless you remove the default music and replace it with your own.

Preview your slideshow.

Click on the Next button to move to the preview screen.

Photo to Movie Express can show you what your slideshow will look like on the preview screen. You can drag the scrubber to move to a specific point in the slideshow. You can also click on photos in the photo strip to move the scrubber to the place where that photo will appear. Finally, you can hit the play button to preview your slideshow in real time.

If you need to make changes before sharing your slideshow, navigate to the other screens and make adjustments.

Expert Advice

  • The preview is intended only as a preview. The final quality of your slideshow when you share it will be higher. Occasionally during preview, photos may not be fully loaded and will appear at lower resolution. This will never happen during sharing, though. It will only happen during preview if your computer can not keep up with the demanding requirements of display photos in real time.

Share your slideshow on Facebook, YouTube, or a movie file.

Click on the Next button to move to the sharing screen.

Select where you want to share your slideshow. You can share your slideshow as many times as needed, uploading it to multiple services or multiple files.

Select the resolution for your slideshow. If you're uploading to Facebook, use 720p for best results. If you're uploading to YouTube, use 1080p for best results.

Click Start to begin rendering your slideshow. This may take a while depending on how many photos you have and what resolution you have decided to use.

You may be asked to log into Facebook or YouTube to complete the upload process.

Expert Advice

  • To burn your slideshow to DVD using iDVD, save your slideshow to a QuickTime movie with 720p resolution. Once the file is saved, drag the resulting movie file into iDVD using the Finder.
  • If you don't feel comfortable entering your login credentials, save to a QuickTime movie file and upload the file yourself.
  • Transfer your project to Photo to Movie for further editing and rendering>.