I have a bunch of jpg images i want to turn into a video, i have tried JPGVideo but it did not work. any recommendations?

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You need a "stopmotion" maker: here's an overview of them, and one to download: CellSoft Take5 1.30

If you're linux, there's a "stopmotion" package ready for one-click-install.

  • "stopmotion" software is a wee bit overkill for what idober wants to do, isn't it?
    – caliban
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:28
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    well, these question are being asked here because folks want to hear how it is done and which software is suitable (preferably from users who have some experience with the program they recommend), they don't want to be sent off to google. :)
    – Molly7244
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:42
  • You're right :) I just thought idober wasn't aware of the "stop-motion" term used to name this kind of stuff :)
    – kolypto
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:45

I sometimes use ImagesToVideo (free):

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Also there is Time-Lapse Tool ($50):

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  1. download and run Portable Movie Maker

  2. import images

  3. drag and drop images to the story board

  4. save movie ... done and dusted.


Version 1:

cat ~/scripts/compile_movie.sh 
mencoder "mf://*.jpg" -fps $1 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1400 -ffourcc DIVX -vf scale=640:360 -o $2

usage: ./compile_move.sh 30 myFile.mp4 editing the bitrate, codec, etc is straightforward.

Version 2:

cat ~/scripts/compile_pngs_to_flash_movie.sh 
# usage:
#./compile_pngs_to_flash_movie.sh  my_funky_movie.flv

mencoder mf://*.png -mf w=736:h=246:fps=20:type=png -of lavf -ffourcc FLV1 -ovc lavc -   lavcopts vcodec=flv -o "${output_movie}"

The best tool I have found that does this is dvd-slideshow. It creates a dvd-compatible mpeg2 video from a bunch of images. You can add music if you want also. Supports several effects like fadein/fadeout/crossfade/crop/kenburns. I use it to make family memories type dvd's.

It runs on any *nux easily, though I've never installed it on windows, so if that's your target OS, I don't know what hurdles you might face with it. It's a bash script. On windows, at a minimum you'd want to start by installing cygwin and go from there.


Picasa 3 has a feature that does exactly this - basically, it saves the slideshow into a saved video file - works nicely.


Try Picasa or Microsoft Photo Story.

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  • idober provided a link to "These JPG files are usually from a web camera that has been set to take pictures every few seconds.". This is stopmotion.
    – kolypto
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:34
  • Er... it was JPGVideo's software description AND it didn't work for idober is it? Dude, it wasn't me who downvoted you!
    – caliban
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:37
  • Besides, "stopmotion" in the real application of the word refers actually to "stop-motion animation", like Wallace and Gromit.
    – caliban
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:39
  • This's not revenge, i really believe the answer is not appropriate, sorry :) And yeah, u're right this's not an application name, but i saw it in Ubuntu packages recently :)
    – kolypto
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:42
  • Don't be sorry, it's perfectly alright. Anyway chill, this is the Internets after all. ;)
    – caliban
    Sep 8, 2009 at 19:48

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