The Four Horsemen - Rawhide!

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This photo that is named "four horsemen" was taken between 1945 and 1946. W. T. Amsler, Sr. my grandfather, "Papa" at the extreme left, Charlie Amsler, my uncle to right of Papa, and next right was Lewis Amsler, who was stationed at Naval Base in Corpus Christi at the time. Sammy (that's me) at the extreme righ. I believe that I was 15 or 16 years old at the time.

At a demonstration in Quest Class at UT we were introduced to the technique of scanning a still image to give the appearance of motion.

Then in May 2009, we selected this image as a test to see if we would be able to use this panning technique. The Application to do this was downloaded as
Photo to movie which produces the watermark as you will notice above the selected persons in the panning as paused. Rather spend $49.95 for this software, we used the trial version, being content with the watermark.

The web site is

knowing "how to" that is known as "Ken Burns Effect" that was often used in showing still shots that zoomed or panned an image is emulate a movie. In searching for mebeding sound we found a html script that appears to have worked for this website. shows what can be done with this software with transitions used in movies. But if you attempt this with video you will discover the level of difficulty. This software, lqgraphics makes the job easier. This gallery page shows a number of techniques, mostly relying on zooming in to a detail within the image and providing labels in the process. On top of that, sound can be edited and attached to this "movie" image, making it all look real.

The gallery shows how to make slide shows with titles and music as well.

My choice for "four horsemen" was "Rawhide" I found Rawhide in public domain and consolidated the sound file with the image.

What is Photo to Movie?

Photo to Movie creates slide shows with motion effects, music, and captions. Burn your movies to DVD or publish to the web.

If you really want to get serious with this technique, have a look at samples of "transitions"


Updated 12/29/2011, 2/5/2020