Turn your static photo albums into pro-looking videos with music and effects
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PicturesToExe is one of the easiest ways of turning your static and dull photo collection into a pro-looking video file complete with soundtrack, transitions, video effects, etc. It transforms your best shots into attractive slideshows that you can customize and enhance in a professional way thanks to the program’s comprehensive interface and its convenient timeline view.

Actually, despite the program’s name, it allows you to mix pictures, video, and audio files in a single and unique slideshow. You can import and combine any number of JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP image files; MP3, Ogg, WAV, and WMA audio files, and many of the most popular video file formats, such as AVI, MOV, MPEG, FLV, or XviD. High Definition video types are equally well supported, also for the output. Though executable files may be seen to be the logical output for a tool called PicturesToExe, this app can also generate HD videos for your mobile devices (including tablets and smart phones), to upload them to YouTube, and even author and burn full DVDs complete with menu and chapters.

To make things easier for all types of users, the program’s interface allows you to view your slides in a timeline, where you can synchronize them with your favorite audio tracks in a very intuitive way. Besides, you can apply different volume levels to each track to add just the right atmosphere to each of your photographs. You can also add time points to synchronize your slides and a specific soundtrack, and edit your audio files individually to add fade in/out and cross-fade effects, among others.

As noted, the program comes with a long list of transitions and video effects. The great thing is that these can all be customized, allowing you to create your own transitions and styles. You can combine all these effects (including 3D transformations) in whatever way that fits your creativity, and control when they start and end, their opacity level, where they pan to, their duration within the slideshow, etc. You can preview your work at any time, go back and make corrections, add new music, etc., before generating the final executable or burning your slideshow to disc.

PicturesToExe is a pleasure to work with. It produces seamless and professional-looking slideshows just the way you imagined them to be. Be it for professional or leisure purposes, I cannot recommend this tool highly enough.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary


  • Straightforward and intuitive tool.
  • High-quality transition effects.
  • All video effects are easy to apply and customize.
  • Excellent output video quality.
  • Video preview.
  • DVD authoring capabilities


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