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How to manage iphone HEIC file format and Picasa
January 26, 2023
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Scott Springer
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Hi,

I am doing my yearly photo collection and DVD creation where I take all of my photos in Google Photos, download to my PC, and then have Picasa pick them up to use in Picasa’s movie making function.  All of our pictures were taken in iPhones with half of the photos using the new HEIC file format and half using the older jpg file format.  I know that Picasa doesn’t support the HEIC format.     I downloaded the photos in a zip file to my Windows laptop and then extracted all photos.  So I have several questions:
 
1. For some reason, I had expected the extraction process to convert the HEIC files to the jpg file format, but appears that did not happen.    Is this a correct assumption?
2. The only way that I could find to convert HEIC photos to the jpg format was to go into Goggle Photos, right click on each photo, and Save As in the jpq format; a very tedious process.   Is there any other way that you know of?
3.  I noticed that there is a camera setting in the iphone where I could change the format from High Efficicency to Most Compatible.    Is the Most Compatible format the same as jpg?   Are there any quality/storage issues with just going back to the jpg format on the iphone camera for new pictures?
4.  Finally, are you aware of any other method of taking a Google Photo album and creating a DVD?    I do know that I could use a commercial vendor (Shutterfly) to create physical albums, but was looking for something “free” and easy for DVD creation.  
 
 
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January 26, 2023
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Scott,

Yep – it’s tough being in a transition. HEIC is a newer, better format than .JPG, but older software like Picasa does not support it. Let me see if I can address each of your questions.

1. For some reason, I had expected the extraction process to convert the HEIC files to the jpg file format, but appears that did not happen.    Is this a correct assumption?
When you download an individual file from Google Photos to your computer, then a .heic (that is not a motion or live photo)  automatically becomes a .jpg. BUT – if you download multiple .heic photos (or a motion photo) then you get a zip file that stores the native .heic format and they stay .heic when you extract
 
2. The only way that I could find to convert HEIC photos to the jpg format was to go into Google Photos, right click on each photo, and Save As in the jpq format; a very tedious process.   Is there any other way that you know of?
Oh no – please do not use right-click save as in any case. See our last Button Show here to explain why. You will be killing your photo quality if you do that. The proper way is to open the single photo then click the 3-dot menu in upper right and Download. This maintains the photo quality and still converts the .heic to a .jpg, but it’s still a one-by-one process – much too time consuming. There are lots of apps that will batch-convert heic to jpg. Irfanview is one that comes to mind. 
 
3.  I noticed that there is a camera setting in the iphone where I could change the format from High Efficicency to Most Compatible.    Is the Most Compatible format the same as jpg?   Are there any quality/storage issues with just going back to the jpg format on the iphone camera for new pictures?
Yes, you can change the iPhone setting to “most compatible” and that will save all new photos in .jpg. That’s fine, but you won’t be getting the advantage of the newer, better format. You might want to watch this video: 751.GP-Understanding HEIC Files
 
4.  Finally, are you aware of any other method of taking a Google Photo album and creating a DVD?    I do know that I could use a commercial vendor (Shutterfly) to create physical albums, but was looking for something “free” and easy for DVD creation.  
I do think this is your better option, there will come a day that Picasa won’t work at all anymore and you’ll be better off for using a new procedure. Then again, there is fast becoming a time when no one can play DVDs either. If all you want is a local backup – I recommend downloading to an external hard drive – please watch this video  574.GP-Download from Google Photos to Computer. If you really do want them on a CD, you can use Windows to burn CDs, here’s an article I found: How to burn DVD on Windows 11.
 
 
There’s a lot of factors involved in this. You mentioned in the beginning about Picasa’s movie-making. Do you know about Google Photos movie-maker? Or Windows movie maker? Let me know what exactly your end goal is and we’ll go from there.
January 26, 2023
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Thank you for the prompt and comprehensive reply.   I really appreciate (and value) your advice, the links, and the video suggestions.    I will read/ponder your suggested resources and see what makes the most sense.    I definitely agree that its better to come up with a non-Picasa solution as well.  

January 27, 2023
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But, I do understand the desire to continue with Picasa – it is awfully nice how it burns to CD and creates a slide show. 

Still – you could approximate that now by downloading from Google Photos to a thumb drive – let it make a Zip file – and make movies to substitute for the slide show. Only problem is that movies are limited to 50 photos/videos each.

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