One of the Mincey Clan’s most loved features in iPhone was the option to export a whole album of photos as a movie. You can still do that in iPhoto, and there’s something similar in iMovie, though it takes more effort.
The iPhoto export to a QuickTime movie doesn’t have many bells and whistles but it’s fast, easy, built-in to your Mac already, and free. Not quite free and with different functionality is Briefly, a Mac app that makes it easier to create a still motion video of hundreds of photos.
One of the problems with exporting an album or folder of digital photos to a movie is the resolution. Movie clip resolution isn’t the same as resolution taken by a digital camera. Briefly creates video movies up to 1080p, but has a nifty feature which automatically chooses the best resolution based on the smallest photo in the album or folder.
And, it’s easier and faster than using iPhoto, and has a few very useful tricks.
Drag and drop a folder of photos, choose the final resolution, select a soundtrack if you want (from iTunes; Briefly will fade out music at the end of the slide show), and click Create. A few minutes later you’re treated to a completed photo slide show as a movie.
Briefly lets you upload the finished movie to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr. It’s a simple, elegant way to create an attractive movie of photos, even with photos displayed for a fraction of a second, and share online.
What’s missing would add to the complexity, but having some way to sync each photo to the soundtrack would be a plus, including an option to scrub the audio for better photo placement. Those apps tend to be crammed with more features and have a much higher price tag than Briefly.