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Old 09-27-2007, 02:22 AM   #1
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Photo editing software

I'm looking for either a tutorial or a software package that can do a specific type of photo editing. I have found a Windows based package that does what I want it too but, would like to know if any one knows of a linux equivalent.

The type of software I'm looking for allows you to pan across a given photo and then transition into another photo which can be panned or zoomed into. The windows version of this software also allows audio to be placed into the photo transition and then finally convert the whole project to an mpeg or dvd.

The software that I've been using is called "Photo to Movie" and can be found at this site if a better explanation is needed.

I'm aware that there may not be a single piece of software out there that does the same as "photo to movie". But, I thought there might be a combination that someone else uses or a good tutorial using GIMP or something like it...

Thx for any help.
Old 09-27-2007, 03:30 AM   #2
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There are several possibilities to do that, but none of them has the same workflow as such applications under windows - therefore you have to accept a possibly steep learning curve.

First, to montage single images into a video stream/container, there would be "Image Magick" - which can do almost anything, but it's not that simple and you have to work on the command line.

Second, there would be tools like "Kino" or "Cinelerra" - real video editing software. I don't know if they do what you want, but they exist.

Third, there's the successor of "Film Gimp" - "CinePaint".

Fourth, the "Gimp Animation Plugin" might help - it's called "GAP".

For re-encoding or conversion of video formats, there's always "mencoder".

After checking your example site, I would start with Perl and Image Magick (or whatever binding you prefer), snap the three face areas of the example image, remember their positions and then step from face-area one to face area two, copy the appropriate area again, step, copy and so on and montage the single images into one animation, convert it and add an audiostream with mencoder.

But a nice "click me here and here and press start" tool I don't know.


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