If you cleave to the free and accessible Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker then you are not locked out of performing Pan and Zoom videos or using what is now called the Ken Burns effect.
This is a short demo video that I conjured up on just how easy it is to apply the Pan and Zoom on your photos.
You will not have the level of control that folks using Sony Vegas have but within the limitations there is gold. If you plan your video carefully, no one will know what you used to create a great video.
By level of control I mean that you cannot change the speed of the animation. It is what it is.
For those of you on Windows 7 or 8 can use the Windows Photo Gallery Slide Show feature to animate your photos.
Those of you that are on Windows XP cannot install the current version of Windows Movie Maker. One of the options you do have is to download Windows Photo Story; which is a discontinued but still viable application for converting photos to video.
Windows Photo Story will run on XP and Vista. I haven't tried it on Windows 7.
I doubt it will work on 64Bit Windows 8.
Be safe and not sorry, only download from the Microsoft web site.
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