How to Create a Movie in Picasa
How to Create a Movie in Picasa
You've got a stack of pictures and you really want to create a movie with the pictures that you can share with your family ~ or even better than that, you want to make your viewers feel they've been somewhere, seen something ~ they've had an experience!
I've been waiting for the opportunity to show off something that would turn most people away ~ nature's beautiful bugs! You may not be the buggy type, but I think when you've seen them at their best, you may just decide Nature is an Artist and deserves a standing O!
All pictures by me, Bev Lemley ~ All rights reserved
First Step ~ Create an Album
If you are familiar with Picasa...
...you can probably skip or just skim this area...here are steps for creating an Album in Picasa:
Create an album for your group of pictures.
- If you're new to Picasa, you're in for a treat, as Picasa allows you to have your main file, and then you can create separate folders for a particular interest. I upload to a folder I call "New Stuff Month Year." Simple titles work well, and optimize organization. This next step of creating an album for a particular interest will help you locate your files, too.
To create a folder for a specific theme, I create an album ("File," then "New Album," and then give it a name), in this case I'm naming it "Summer Bugs." As I look through my base monthly folders, and I see a Bug I want to send to the Bug File, I click on the brown folder at the bottom, to the left of the "Share" button, click on "Summer Bugs," and instantly, my bug picture will be added to my Summer Bug album. And as I've mosied through my monthly folders, I can click and add to my bug collection. If I am in the Summer Bug album and need to find the original folder, I click "Edit," "Find in Picasa," and I am there instantly. Very handy!
If you're an experienced Picasa User, I know you appreciate some of the latest updates, such that you cannot crop a picture and lose the original picture. You will have to make a copy and remember to use the copy for resizing and uploading to Squidoo. I can appreciate the value of this. Another reason for sending this cropped picture to the album, is that pictures used out of the album are of the cropped size, not original. Don't worry, your original copy is always safe on the disk, and can be resized out of the base monthly folder.
What is your transition style?
- Select a transition style for your show. Do you want to Pan and Zoom, a nod to Ken Burns' method that is really popular for setting the mood. I love this one when a gentle nod to your subject is appropriate and you want the viewer to "breathe in" the show.
Dissolve is great for showing frames of subtle differences, to effect a movement between very similar pictures. My Nature in Motion movie illustrates this.
Cut, wipe, circle, push, and rectangle are other options to experiment with. Depends on your style, creativity, and the mood you want to convey and what best fits your subject.
Selecting an Audio Track
Selecting the music! Of course you can have a movie without music ~ but you want to give an experience, remember?!
- Select music. I love Jimmy Gelhaar! In some ways this is the best part!
You have to create an account, to sign in, and then Jimmy Gelhaar has Music Tracks that you can choose from, with many different moods and sounds, and instruments. A description is given to help winnow it down from the start.
The number of pictures that you have can be a deciding factor for your movie, as can the transition style, whether pan and zoom, dissolve, etc. Listen to the audio while watching your pictures as a Picasa slideshow. This is where your creativity can kick in. Pick a style of music that sets the mood and experience you want to convey with your movie.
- Then a trial run, starting the audio and the slideshow at the same time, and watching it through. Make sure you allow for the front page, which gives the name of the show and the music credit. Jimmy Gelhaar has a page for his credit options. I do like to give full credit:
"Title www.jimmygelhaar.com Licensed under Creative Commons 'Attribution 3.0' http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
After you've decided on the soundtrack, click the download button.
I would love to know about them ~ please share!
Ready to Create a Movie?
Go ahead, Create!
- After you have music and pictures, click "CREATE" and then "MOVIE." You will have options there, but the top one, "SELECTION" is the entire album if nothing is highlighted.
On the screen that pops up, click the "Movie" option tab. Now you can upload your music track, and choose from these options:
- OPTIONS FOR THE SOUND TRACK:
TRUNCATE the audio with the show, which means when the pictures end, so does the music.
FIT THE PHOTOS INTO THE AUDIO, which will make the number of photos you have fit into the length of the audio track. This could make your photos fly by pretty quickly!
LOOP THE SHOW to match the music, which means you can just keep the photos going in an ongoing loop as long as the music is on. But the music doesn't repent infinitely, it's just if there's a bit of a trail of music, there will be pictures changing until the music finishes.
A Google forum answer to the question posed How to Make a Movie in Picasa is helpful too in this regard.
Finish your options...
- A little forethought here will go a long way. Make note of what settings you select, so you can try an alternative next go round. You may have to experiment a couple of times to get the results you want.
- Select the transition style you prefer, as discussed above. The options are the same, Pan and Zoom, Dissolve, Cut, Wipe, Push, Circle, and Rectangle, the seconds for each frame to appear, and then the percentage of overlap. This defaults to 30 percent and that setting works for me ~ but your mood may dictate something different entirely.
- Dimensions ~ I like the default of 800x600.
- If you choose to show captions, click this on; it defaults to off.
- And full frame photo crop, if clicked on, the pictures will be cropped to fill the frame.
Now off to the Movies!
On the "Slide" Option
- This will create a cover page with notes as to your title and music credits. There is a menu of fonts and different formatting you can play with. I like the default settings, but experiment to set your mood!
My Cover note will be Summer Bugs, Music credit: (It's important to replace "Sticking Points" with the title of your music track if you use Jimmy Gelhaar's music.)
Sticking Points www.jimmygelhaar.com Licensed under Creative Commons 'Attribution 3.0' http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
- Once you have completed this, you are ready to create your movie by selecting "Create."
- Now let Picasa do all the creating, and voila! You will have a lovely movie, setting the tone, and conveying your beautiful pictures for someone else to enjoy. And I hope you will share with us below!
Now I am ready to dive in and make my movie.... - AND HERE IT IS!
I hope you will enjoy this special presentation of "Summer Bugs" and the sequel, "Summer Bugs II," see YouTube videos below. I hope you enjoy! Select Full Screen if possible! I hope you will agree Nature is, indeed, an Artist and deserves a standing O!
www.jimmygelhaar.com Licensed under Creative Commons 'Attribution 3.0' http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Summer Bugs II
Upload to YouTube
Be a Star!**! Upload your Picasa Movie to YouTube. I have found the trick to this is upload from YouTube.
Uploading the movie from Picasa to YouTube (an option on Picasa), did not work for me, as it would upload and at the last bit indicate it failed. But uploading the exact same file from YouTube worked perfectly fine, plus, you have editing options, which are pretty cool, on YouTube.
I would love to see your YouTube Picasa Movie! Please leave a note for us to find it!
Here are my movies, uploaded to YouTube ~ Please enjoy ~ and pass the popcorn!
FULL SCREEN IS BEST! I can't wait to see your movies!
Making a Movie...
...is easy ~ and rewarding!
Experimenting will unleash your creativity ~ you will wonder why you didn't try it before!
And if you do try it, I want to see it!
...or can you help by adding your thoughts here? Please share!
How about your experience with making movies?
Have you created a movie out of a slideshow of pictures in PIcasa?
© 2012 Beverly Lemley