Sunday, February 10, 2008

Anyone....anyone?

I need a suggestion. I have about 100 pictures of P1 that I want to set to music. Ideally, I want to be able to burn it to a CD so that it can be played at her family birthday party (on 2/13). Does anyone have a suggestion for a website or know where I could get this done fast and easy? I can upload all the pics to a folder on picasa, but... I'm stuck beyond that. Last time I tried the Dell Media thing, it made the transitions really jerk-y and what not. What are my options?

14 comments:

Paul said...

[silentsanta, nz]

Hey there,

In my work at the children's hospital, we do stuff like that all the time.

We use a free program from microsoft (!) called 'Photostory 3'.

I'll try and find you a link...

Paul said...

Here you go

wikipedia page

Offical site


Should be a cinch - it's something we get 7-10 year olds to play around with and within an hour they've got something quite showy.

If you play around with it a little you can put in all sorts of photo transition effects as well.

I should just mention that obviously, as a simple, free software package if you want any really powerful editing features, another program might be what you are after, but you can make some pretty sweet movies with this little program.

cognitivedissident said...

You might want to try Adobe's Premiere Elements, which is the consumer version of their professional video-editing software.

PE is widely available for less than the $100 retail price, and there are plenty of tutorials online. (Here is one for syncing the slide changes to the background music...)

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Or you could use Windows movie maker which should be free on your PC. I did a short ad for the Doubting Faith blog. It saves in a WMV format.

Seven Crows said...

I don't usually stand up for Windows applications as they often drive me crazy. But I do second Sean's suggestion. I have used Movie Maker a few of times and have gotten good results without too much heart ache. I have added music and cropped and pasted beginning of one segment to the end of another.

kilted_dad said...

Windows Movie Maker is great for this, (full discloure: I work for Microsoft).

I've done a couple of vids of the kids for the grandparents. I've mixed movies, pictures and music. Just note, you can't use any music that is DRM'd (like iTunes). You'll need to rip it from CD or strip the DRM.

Betsy said...

If you have problems with the music, try using Soundtaxi to convert it to a different format. You should be able to find it by googling it. I think we paid 10 bucks for it.

Brent Rasmussen said...

Hi P-Momma,

http://www.animoto.com

It is the coolest music and picture builder/creator I've ever used. Create an account there, upload your photos 9or it can grab your photos from an online photo application like Picasa, Flickr, facebook, Smugmug, etc.

30-second videos are free, and you can make as many as you want. Pay 3 bucks and make one as long as you want. Well, as long as either the pictures hold out, or the music runs out.

Here's one I did for our family and friends trip down to Mexico last year so you can get an idea of what the final video can end up looking like.

Brent Rasmussen said...

Oh, and you can download the resulting video as a Quicktime movie, so it can easily be burned to disk and played on a laptop at a birthday party.

Laura said...

I agree totally with Brent R - animoto.com is incredible! You can't come close to the results with any of the other programs, and it's very fast & easy.

Laura said...

Forgot to mention that your music needs to be in mp3 format to use animoto. That's the only downside I've found, but Amazon now sells mp3s for 99 cents or you should be able to rip your own if you have the CD. You just can't use any iTunes songs you have, which is kind of a bummer.

Hope this helps!

TonyInBatavia said...

Brent Rasmussen, you are the man, man! I'd never seen Animoto before reading your recommendation, but I just bought an unlimited account. That thing is slick! And easy! Awesome, awesome program. Thanks for the suggestions.

And Laura, there is a back-door way to get your iTunes songs converted to mp3. It takes a couple manual steps, which I can explain if you e-mail me at tlivernoisATgmail.com.

fdqpink/Baal's Bum said...

Not done it myself but one the lads did a great presentation with the Windows movie maker

Anonymous said...

Probably the quickest thing to do is find a friend with a Mac, import the pictures into iPhoto, put the music you want into iTunes and then you can make slideshows within iPhoto or even iMovie. They look incrediblely professional. For the long term, consider getting a Mac as all the software to do what you want comes standard and is best in breed for the home user.