Create Movies From Photos, Videos With ffDiaporama

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 28, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

You can use a program like ffDiaporama to create a single movie file from multiple photos, video files and music. This can be interesting for users who do not want to send individual photos or videos to friends, family or colleagues. Another would be to upload the self-created movie to a video hosting site like YouTube which do not support photos.

FfDiaporama is available for Windows and Linux systems. This makes it more flexible than movie creators such as Microsoft's Movie Maker. The interface of the program needs a bit of getting used to time. Each movie is basically created as a project in the application. Videos and photos are added via the Project > Add files button. It is possible to select multiple files at once from a connected storage device. Supported are all major video and photo formats.

I was for instance able to upload jpg images and avi videos that I had created during my Jerusalem trip last year. Each file is then shown in a time frame in the application window. It is possible to re-arrange photos and videos by drag and drop.

A preview area is displayed in the same window. Here it is possible to preview the current movie, along with all photos, videos and effects that have been added to it.

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Additional buttons can be used to copy or remove slides from the movie. The Edit button links to five options: Edit background, edit slide, edit music, edit object transition and edit background transition. They all open up in a new window.

A double-click opens the edit window of the selected slide. Many different options become available here: From changing the display duration or name to adding text or media to transformations and other effects. Everything is shown directly in a preview area in the window.

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Projects can be saved at any time to to continue working on the movie at a later point in time. The Render Video tab in the end is used to create the movie. Available are profiles to create a movie for smartphones and players, multimedia systems or the web which means Flash, HTML5 or video sharing sites like YouTube or Dailymotion.


  • Refocused of images and photos
  • Cutting of video clips
    Note (addition of text) for images, photos, sequences and animations
  • Graphic filters on the images and the videos (passage in black and white, dust removal, equalization of colors, etc.)
  • Creation of animation by zoom, rotation or Ken Burns Effect on part of images or photos
  • Correction of the images and the videos during the animations (luminosity, contrast, gamma, colors, etc.)
  • Transitions between sequence with definition of the transition type, sequence by sequence.
  • Addition of a background sound (wav, mp3 or ogg) with customizable effects of volume, fade in/out and passage in pause, sequence by sequence.
  • Generation of usable videos by most of the current videos equipments (DVD player/smartphone, multimedia box, hard drive, etc.) but also publishable on the main video sharing Web sites (YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.)
  • Video format from VGA (640x4800) to Full HD (1920x1080) by way of the DVD and HD 720 formats.
  • Image geometry (aspect ratio) : 4:3, 16:9 or 2.35:1 (cinema)
  • Possible formats of rendering : avi, mpg, mp4, mkv

FfDiaporama has a lot to offer functionality wise. It is especially useful for users who cannot install a simpler program such as Windows Live Movie Maker or users who need more functionality than that programs offer.

If there is something to criticize it is the overladen interface that is not as intuitive as it could be. Windows and Linux users can download the latest official version of the movie creator from the official program website.


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  1. Glenn said on August 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    They really do go out of your way to make it difficult for people to download this program.

    The download page is absolutely terrible. How on earth is anyone supposed to make any sense out of that? As a website designer, it is one of the worst non-descriptive I’ve ever seen. After trying to figure out which one to download for Windows, it would not function once downloaded. I gave up and immediately uninstalled it. My students weren’t too pleased either. They should try redesigning their download page, as the current one doesn’t make any sense at all.

  2. WiredBuddha said on August 29, 2011 at 7:51 am

    there is a similar app I use on my iPhone4.
    maybe not all the fancy filters, etc.
    photos and videos can be spliced together into one movie.
    transitions can be changed, as well as duration of slides.
    voice over, sound effects and music can be added also.
    the app is called: Splice

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