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PhotoToFilm 3.0 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — PhotoToFilm 3.0

PhotoToFilm is the perfect companion for everyone who uses a digital camera.
$14.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 232 (30%) 537 (70%) 21 comments

PhotoToFilm 3.0 was available as a giveaway on September 10, 2012!

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PhotoToFilm is the perfect companion for everyone who uses a digital camera. With PhotoToFilm you can easily make small movies out of your pictures and compress them (ie : using DivX) in order to distribute your production to your friends and relative. PhotoToFilm allows you to add professional looking effects in a few clicks and makes video authoring a game.

PhotoToFilm features:

  • User friendly interface.
  • Makes transitions (such as cross fading) between your photos.
  • Features dynamic images support.
  • Sound track (MP3) support.
  • Supports most popular photos formats (JPEG, Bitmaps).
  • OSD: On Video dynamic text insertion.
  • Creates movies using codecs present on your computer (such as DivX).
  • International support.

System Requirements:

Windows 95, NT, 2000, XP (x32/x64), 98, ME, Server 2003 (x32/x64), Vista, 7

Publisher:

KC Softwares

Homepage:

http://www.kcsoftwares.com/index.php?p2m

File Size:

7.85 MB

Price:

$14.99

Comments on PhotoToFilm 3.0

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This one starts out bad with a "stumbling" and slow installation (might be just my machine) and then what I feel is a very flaky program. This might have been impressive 20 or so years ago but today, there are just so many cheaper or free options available... And nobody has to look very hard to find them.
I'm sorry KC Softwares, you've got some interesting stuff but this one misses the mark (by a lot.)
Giovanni, thanks for your information. Not only is it very informative to us (the users), it should also be quite helpful to the publishers who provide the software to GAOTD - It points them towards existing free software that they're trying to compete with and illustrates to them where the bar already sits.

Reply   |   Comment by PackRat  –  3 years ago
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"Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows XP"

Someone still uses Windows XP?!?!

Reply   |   Comment by faZZter  –  3 years ago
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An excellent software. I really enjoyed playing with it. Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Ajay  –  3 years ago
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Win7 x64
v3.0.1.76

installs into directory of your choice, 3 MB

registers simply using the provided reg key
though you need to restart it once to get
rid of /some/ of the "Buy" prompts (but one
"Buy" button still remains)

window is NOT resizeable
NO help

just what are "dynamic pictures" ???
just what is "on video text insertion" & how do you insert it ???

limited selection of output resolutions

none of my tests displayed any animation
the first frame displayed, then nothing more, except for some black
blotches from time to time. otherwise never did the picture change.

as pointed out, no drag&drop!

OK, changing the codec was the ticket.
had to change from "MSVC Microsoft Video 1" to "Cinepak"
& that gave me animation

(i am codec limited)

choosing IYUV Intel codec, caused the program to barf
not allowing me to do much except close & start over

not so great, not so bad
professional, no
usable, yes

i had a second IYUV Intel codec listed, so of course i
had to try that

& that DID work quite well
crisp & clean, looking good
BUT AT 253 MB for 9 little pictures, 33 sec, that is just a little too good!

there is NO prompt on overwrite, so if you forget & use
the same output file as your last run, oh well, bye bye

"on video text insertion" is where is places the frame/
picture number & name at the bottom of the shot

it was able to handle different size source files
(seem to recall one free product that required all the source
files to be the same size, dimensions)

perhaps with a better codec (compression without quality
loss) i would be better pleased. as it is, i do not
intend to download what i don't have, so i'll live with
what i've got

oh, its worth a shot
it could & should be better

this product had no "toolbars", but from what i've seen
of the trial versions from other KC softwares, yes you
do need to be aware of them when you're installing the
trials

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  3 years ago
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@Janet you asked "Which if any of your suggestions allow voice recording?"

The best way to find out is follow the links Giovanni gave and a couple minutes reading for key words voice or music.

Some of Giovanni's short descritions included the word music.

If the program allows you to add music but not narrate your slide show, there's an easy workaround.

Create your slide show. Reduce window to half size.
Open sound recording program in another window half size.
Start your slide show, start narrating and save as .wav or .mp3 etc
Add the narration to slide show like music file.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  3 years ago
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Hi !

I'm the developper of this GiveAway !
If you need assistance, feel free to contact me directly or to come to our tech support forum !

Thanks for trying PhotoToFilm !

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  3 years ago
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#2 'Harroman' try ctrl+ or get new glasses!

#7 'John' if you check Wikipedia, film is also a movie:- therefore a movie is a film QED!

Not all software has to have 10,000 bells & whistles (like MS Office/Photoshop etc!) who uses them anyway. Most users only use 20% of the functionality of a program, so why no provide a 'barebones' solution for those users who don't want to take the time to discover hidden features.

Reply   |   Comment by ebax  –  3 years ago
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Seems to me voice recording just needs a microphone and the mic enabled in the mixer- and some recording tool, like Wavosaur.

All free or with windows, just need a mic. Sound is sound, eh?

as for the program, it's ho-hum IMO- I'll keep using the free tools I've been using- drag-and-drop support is something everyone should provide as a matter of course since at least Y2K.

as for the toolbar, they issue fair warning if you pay attention- http://www.kcsoftwares.com/index.php?rk [2 links on the download page] states:



As indicated on our "Download" page, some of our products come bundled with "Relevant Knowledge". Here are some important facts to know :

RK is fully OPTIONAL, it is not required by our software to run correctly.
RK can be uninstalled independantly from our software, using your Control Panel.
RK helps KC Softwares keeping its freeware products free.
RK may be detected by some antivirus as a spyware. RK is aware of this problem and is working with the antivirus programs to correct this mischaracterization.


and that includes most of the shareware full builds, including this one.

I just made sure to note this in the info file I always save with my downloads. [VideoInspector and SUMo. they look useful for later.]

thanks, KC Softwares & GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  3 years ago
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This is a very simple program to create video from your photos. While it is good for beginners who just want to make a quick video, it lacks the bells and whistles of more capable applications. There is a tutorial video, but the help needs more information. I couldn't figure out how to use the organize option (I assume it is to re-arrange the order of the photos selected.) Anyone figure that out? if that is not what organize does, then that option should be added to the program. It needs many more options (adding text, different fade options, etc.) for most users. It did create the video quickly and the output was of high quality.

Reply   |   Comment by AZ Gamer  –  3 years ago
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John@7: The URL for kcsoftwares.com originates in France. The program name in French would be Photo au Cinéma. That means photo to movies, or motion pictures. In English there's more of a dual meaning to "film," so American/English-speaking photographers are more likely to interpret the program name as meaning the image-recording product rather than the medium.

Renaming the program PhotosToCinema would make this distinction clearer. English-speaking photographers aren't likely to mistake "cinema" for something you put in your older analog camera to record images on.

Reply   |   Comment by S.W Anderson  –  3 years ago
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Giovanni,

Which if any of your suggestions allow voice recording? Thanks.

Janet

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  3 years ago
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@John (#12)

This is probably because there already is software called "Photo to Movie". It appears they checked this out before hand, something you appeared not to do. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Raggedy  –  3 years ago
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Giovanni is awesome. Thanks for all your work in enlighten us to what is "out there".

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  3 years ago
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Look 14.99 is never going to make it for this program.There are way to many programs that are free out there that are way more functional.Why do you people keep trying to put programs that people can pick up for free and are better.Do your home work before you put something out.It has to be something that people are willing to pay for.Other wise you are wasting your time and our time.Do your research before you put out a product so that it is something everybody wants and you will be proud of and make money from.

Reply   |   Comment by Manford  –  3 years ago
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Ought to be called "PhotoToMovie" not film. There is no film involved and no way provided to make a film.
You'd obviously need hardware to do that, right?
Misusing a common word like "film" this way is like all those "cash back" ads. They promise cash refund by mail" but never intend to send any cash by mail, ever.
This is language pollution, and – since computers insist on exact literal words in all programming – indicates a carelessness on the part of the provider that is likely to be found in their programming as well.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago
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Installed and registered without problems on Win 7 x64.

Meh, this is quite the dissapointment. Again professionality is boasted but not there in the program itself. No drag-and-drop (oh come on, even DOS Batch files support this!), no PNG support (actually no image support whatsoever beyond jpg and bitmaps...), no additional effects beyond a simple fade-in-out, On-Screen-Display is either absent or very well hidden, no settings or configuration worth mentioning, etc. The only plus I can mention is the clean interface.

Uninstalled and thumbed down. As always, mencoder proves to be superior in this category as well. Thanks GOTD and KC Software anyway.

@Harold DeWayne: I can't confirm this. I never had such problems with KC Software installers in the past and a scan of my machine revealed nothing. Could you tell what toolbar is being installed?

Reply   |   Comment by dany  –  3 years ago
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Where are all the special effects that can be added with a few clicks? On my program there are only two options - those that turn the pictures to B & W or sepia. I couldn't see anywhere to download additional effects. The only transitions that showed up when I chose the dynamic picture option, the cross-fading, and the longest fps option was a slow movement up for one picture, then down for the next, etc. And if I chose a long time period for each picture then some fading transistions kicked in. But this is hardly a professional result as the program boasts.

There was nowhere to add text either. The 'expert' button just resulted in a strange result for me: superfast scrolling through the pictures.

Also the compression is suspect for the first optiion: Microsoft - produces too pixilated a result. A decent one is the IYUV Intel Codec.

I think this software still needs much more thought put into it for the user to get a good result.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  3 years ago
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WATCH OUT FOR THE *NOT QUITE* HIDDEN TOOLBAR AND OTHER SOFTWARE BEING INSTALLED WITH THIS ONE (EVEN WITH THE DWONLOAD FROM THE WEBSITE).

Reply   |   Comment by Harold DeWayne  –  3 years ago
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Today's giveaway looks a pretty good app which does its job without any hassle.

It has a very user friendly interface although the "drag and drop" method is not supported when importing photos from your PC.

This app enables you to add text on the videos, as well as select the audio track and the video compression codec for your final output, not to mention that it can make cross fading transitions between your photos.

So overall, for what it does, I give it a THUMBS UP.

However, as usual, there are tons of excellent FREEWARE and always UPDATABLE alternatives out there which can replace this tool quite easily....

BETTER FREE ALTERNATIVES:

* Microsoft Photostory 3
Awesome FREE app by Microsoft designed to create professional slideshows from your still pictures.It supports any kind of photo format, offering you a preview window and some basic editing functions. It lets you add text over your photos and even create songs on the go to add on your final slideshow.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=92755126-a008-49b3-b3f4-6f33852af9c1

* (Portable) PhotoFilmStrip
Great FREE app designed to create movies out of your pictures in just 3 easy steps: it can even render your slide show in Full-HD (1920x1080) resolution.

http://www.photofilmstrip.org/1-1-Home.html

* ffDiaporama 1.0
This is an excellent OPEN SOURCE software which helps you create superb video sequences made up of titles (fixed or animated), images or photos (fixed or animated), movie clips, music.

http://ffdiaporama.tuxfamily.org/ffdiaporama/?lang=en

* DVD slideshow GUI
Best FREE slideshow creator ever created with over 245 transitions and 100 special effects to add on your entire slideshow.
With this magic FREE tool you can even add and edit music, 35 motion backgrounds, borders and subtitles.

http://download.videohelp.com/tin2tin/

* Bolide Free Slideshow Creator
Superb FREE video slideshow creator, which supports almost any photo file format to produce high quality video files as AVI, MKV or WMV with FullHD resolution!

http://slideshow-creator.com/


If you are instead eager to edit or add funny effects to your still photos or even to your videos, these are the best FREE IMAGE EDITORS I recommend you using:

* (Portable) StylePix (==> COOL lightweight app)
http://hornil.com/en/products/stylepix/Features.html

Screenshots:
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/StylePix-Screenshot-133549.html

(Video) Tutorials:
http://hornil.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=sp_tip
http://hornil.com/en/community/HornilStylePixVideoTutorials.html

* Portable FreeVimager
Great free image viewer, editor, converter and slideshow maker which can even play AVI video files and some type of audio files in a couple of mouse clicks.

http://www.contaware.com/content/view/45/45/

* EKD
Very powerful post-production software for retouching both your videos and pictures in one go. In short it helps you transform your pictures into professional video files, as well as edit and encode your video sequences.

http://ekd.tuxfamily.org/index.php/Accueil/AccueilEnglish


Enjoy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  3 years ago
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Installed ok on Visa Premium. Their website has to be one of the blandest and faint and small I have seen in a while.
Doesn't seem to allow drag and drop so painful to add files.
Rather slow as it adds the thumbnails . Added 6 photos and ran the program. It produced an avi file which loads fine into VLC but doesn't show anything. Lots of free programs which will produce videos from stills. Nice try but must try harder!

Reply   |   Comment by Harroman  –  3 years ago
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Very poor resulting video pixalated and sound distorted Program removed PDQ

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  3 years ago
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