The file is a .bmp, but I can convert it to another file format if need be.
What I don't know how to do is convert it to 8 seconds of video. Can be AVI, MPG, makes no difference. I can convert those too. What I don't know how to do is convert from a still picture to video.
Is there such a freeware program out there?
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The only way I know how to do it is with TMPGEnc Plus and a bitmap image. I think TMPGEnc Plus is free for MPEG1 encodes. The photo will need to be the same ratio as a television (4x3 - 720x480 etc etc) for it to look right....or the image will need to be placed on a background of that size/ratio.
Created a blank 8 second .wav file with CDWave - created the bpm image in Microsoft Image Composer - encoded with TMPGEnc Plus(MPEG2):
That'll open in just about any encoder although you may have to crop/addborders/resize if for MPEG/DVD and it's to be encoded as 4:3 or 16:9.
What he was talking about was muxing your still with some audio so the still has some length.
But he was also talking of converting the bmp into MPG2 using Tmpgenc. A convoluted and NOT optimal way.
How do you intend to use this?
1 - Open your photo file. avidemux deals with an image as a single frame.
2 - Copy [Ctrl-C] once then paste [Ctrl-v] for 30 times(your video will run at 30 frames per second)
3- Copy then paste for 10 times to get a 10 seconds video
Make sure that:
1 - Video = copy
2 - Audio = copy
3 - Format = avi
Save video [Ctrl-S) and give it a full name such as myvideo.avi.