To people of a certain age, the term “filmstrip” conjures
memories of boring classroom slideshows of negligible educational
value, its recorded narration punctuated by obnoxious beeps to
signal the half-awake substitute teacher to click the button which
advanced to the next image. Thankfully, those dinosaur days of
multimedia are long gone. Or are they?
Popularized in many of the highly acclaimed PBS documentaries
produced by filmmaker Ken Burns, the technique of turning historic
still images into something more palatable for a television
audience (by slowly panning across the images, and fading in to new
ones) has become a common technique for videographers with limited
shooting budgets. PhotoFilmStrip provides a one-stop application
you can use to generate just such a video montage out of a series
of still photographs.
The application can generate even HD quality video from
something as simple as a few mouse clicks and some multi-megapixel
digital images. All you do to generate your video is choose the
images, the order in which you want them to appear, and the “motion
path” you want the “camera” to follow as it pans and either cuts or
fades between the pictures. Click render and the software does the
rest, churning out surprisingly high quality video files. The only
downside is that there’s no way to preview your film before you
render it. But at this price, you can’t really complain.