If you’re like me, you have a Mac loaded with many thousands of photos in iPhoto. It’s easy to make photo albums, share photos with friends, make screen savers, even enhance photos just using iPhoto. It even does movies, but nothing like those from this Mac app.
All this praise is wrapped up into a Love Hate affair. Think of the love you’d have for a single Mac app that made movies from photos. That which was static, now moves gracefully. Zoom in. Zoom out. Pan left or right. Movement on a static photo that is so easy to create, so smooth, so luxurious that you’re at once exited by all you can do with your blasé photo collection.
Add music and sound. Add titles and transitions. Add effects and motion and layouts and do it all in one Mac app. That’s Photo to Movie.
It’s the app I love to use to take photos and make full featured movies that put iMovie to shame. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a movie with hundreds of photos worth? Especially when they’re loaded with sound, music, effects, movement, titles and transitions?
Photo to Movie is Mac and Windows. It’s affordable. It’s actually quite easy to use, even when combining all the features into a single movie of static photos. But it comes with two issues that bother me greatly.
The first is the quality of the movies. A crisp, colorful, magazine-ready movie gets muddied down in the translation from digital photo to movie; so much so that most photos look far worse as a movie than they do static, on screen. The second issue has to do with frequent updates and upgrades. Updates are good, right? Bug fixes, new features, etc. Not so much when there’s a healthy 60-percent price tag on upgrades. It’s more like rent than a purchase. Another Apple Tax, so to speak.
The only real competition in features and quality is Boinx Fotomagico, which is priced less for a version with fewer features, but much higher for the pro version. Photo to Movie sits in-between.
Both products suffer from the same video quality issue (which, in fairness, may be an issue with QuickTime, rather than the app) when converting crisp, clear, colorful static images to a movie.