Slideshow Program

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by wanderlust4ever, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. wanderlust4ever macrumors member

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    Can anybody please tell me the best program for making slideshows from your pictures etc etc. Was using Proshow Gold before i got a Mac..
    Cheers.
     
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi!

    I use iPhoto's built-in slideshow feature. Does everything I need. Simple and elegant.

    You can even start a slideshow directly from Finder. Highlight the desired pictures, command-click on them, hold down option and select Slideshow ... Items

    /Rupert
     
  3. iJordo macrumors member

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    yeh ...

    for windows I would vote for Photo Story 3..... but for OS X iPhoto is the absolute easiest way to make a professional slideshow, either that or try Apple Keynote.. it has some unbelievable transitions to work with...
     
  4. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    If you want something web based (like a slideshow embedded in your web site) - check out SlideShow Pro. Cheap, powerful, customizable and flash (harder to copy images). It comes in versions for Flash or Lightroom.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    iWeb can make web based slide shows.
     
  6. M2DVD macrumors newbie

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    Tribute slideshow

    We make many slideshows using iphoto, imovie as well as photo to movie. We've just used (and are very happy with fotomagico).

    What I'd like to know is where these people get these beautiful themed slideshows that seem to have pictures matted and imbedded into moving landscapes and such. I know the pics had to be dragged and dropped into zones (because they are commercially done and reproduced quickly for funeral homes and such). But what what software are they using?

    The tribute slideshow I watched yesterday at one of the leading funeral homes in the city was awesome. It seemed the photographs hovered, panned and slightly rotated against a moving background (of falling water, sky, etc).

    Is there a program available to do this?
     
  7. art gardiner macrumors member

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    I second SSP for web based, or even creating a CD/DVD portfolio. Another to consider would be Sound Slides.

    Art
     
  8. pprior macrumors 65816

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    this is my question as well - I see some awesome stuff out there and I know it's not all hard coded using vegas or FC. iphoto is too lame and fotomagico and photo to movie etc are ok for ken burns stuff, but not what I'm looking for.

    (i know this is an old thread, but I've been doing slideshows for 5-6 years and still am looking for that one magic product).
     
  9. mattw126 macrumors member

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    One of my freelancer friends swears by ShowIt. I just DL'd the trial, which watermarks. I have a good Epson projector I use for reception slideshows made in FCP in advance. I make it the client's responsibility to procure a screen which means I'll have to get one for what I would like to do, which is... After shooting everything leading up to the reception, I want an assistant to make a quick slideshow presenting the images for the guests to see, and getting them excited about ordering prints (by having the relevant info present). I guess it's worked very well for David Jay.
     
  10. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Just checked it out, looks like it sells on quick and easy setup, but the demo played is pretty straightforward image pans, which is nothing you can't already do in iphoto.

    Probably a great tool for the wedding or event photographer if it's as quick as it claims, but I'm looking for more flexibility.

    For example: I've got an idea for a soccer video right now with background video over which I will have falling images rotated away from the viewer, like a waterfall. I've seen similar things on the sports shows many times, but to do it by hand in FC would take forever. I'm just surprised there isn't a consumer way to do this.
     
  11. mattw126 macrumors member

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    A woman came into the studio last week with a memorial slideshow for her daughter (car accident) that was produced by the local funeral home. The mother was not pleased with the instrumentals they used, she gave me a CD of her daughter's favorite songs and asked me to apply which tracks I thought would work on the video, and make copies. All the transitions they used were cross dissolves, with a little video of waterfalls thrown in here and there, nothing special. I captured it with DVDXPro, and took care of the rest in FCP.

    Ironically though, about 2 weeks prior to her coming in, I started interviewing (with the Snowball USB condenser mic - works pretty damn good) family members for a tribute DVD I'm producing for my mom who passed last year from cancer (I'm up late scanning more images right now). I'm using FCP adding some of my dad's home videos, the voiceovers, special effects, etc. What I'm doing for my mom is going to be a labor-of-love, time intensive, one-off. The ShowIt program, I'm going to try, I think will be ideal for weddings. However, I would love to find out what software the funeral home mentioned in M2DVD's post is using as well.

    M2DVD, could you do me a favor and give them a call and try to find out? If you don't want to or think they'll decline to say, do me a favor and post their phone # for me, I think I can get it out of them. Thanks.
     
  12. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Just a follow-up, I ended up buying Pulpmotion Advanced to add to my trick bag of editing software. It's got some neat features and is pretty easy to use and -incredibly- fast rendering output. A lot of the "book" type presets are not for me, but I was able to use some of their themes with good results, incorportating them into a FCE project mixed with video.

    It's fairly expensive, but it allows more effects than any other software I've demoed.

    Anyone else checking this topic might want to check them out.

    www.aquafadas.com
     
  13. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

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    Did you also try Fotomagico? I'm curious if you tried both and settled on PM or if you just went with PM.
     
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    Cool - I'm going to give it a try. I had ProShow Gold for the PC and I really liked it. Unfortunately they don't make a Mac version so I have been looking around for a replacement. V2 of PM looks pretty solid and the interface is similar to the ProShow interface.

    I have made some fun slideshows in iMovie, but I would like something with a little more zing. PM V2 may be the winner! Thanks for the update.
     
  16. TLogan macrumors newbie

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    Need an email slideshow program to send to clients

    Hi Everyone,
    This is a little more specific. I've looked at the programs descriptions from this page, but what Im after is a program to create slideshows that I can then email to clients. So they will open the Attachment and somehow get a slideshow with their images that i created to open On their computer.

    I'm sure some of the apps can do it, but it's hard to tell which ones from the descriptions..
    Has anybody tried an app that could do this already? if so could you please tell me which one?

    thank you very much for any help.
     
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  18. TLogan macrumors newbie

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    Hi thanks that is a good suggestion but it ends up as a very large file for a smallish movie.. So a bit hard to email as well.
    More after a slideshow perhaps flash would work?
     
  19. TLogan macrumors newbie

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    Follow up if anyone is after this I found a great app here
    http://www.aquafadas.com/en/pulpmotion/
    it will email the pics and a stand alone player to anyone
     
  20. oblomow macrumors 68020

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    For showing photo's on the Internet, jalbum is very nice. Can be customized, had a slideshow option. And is free ( however the author wouldn't mind getting paid ).
     
  21. pprior macrumors 65816

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    LOL, that's the program I recommended above. It does what you want.
     
  22. hotoru macrumors newbie

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    Seems like YouTube would be the easiest, though not the most professional.
    Slideshow for Mac seems to export to mac and windows as stand alone files. I have not tried.
     
  23. ajpl macrumors regular

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    I spent some considerable time trying to find a good SS programme for the Mac a few weeks back and they all seem a bit undernourished/simplistic/unprofessional shall we say. Fotomagico was what I ended up using but the timeline markers were next to useless as they weren't even on the timeline and I had to use an separate audioeditor to get them positioned at a specific timing point and then were no good anyway. Fotomagico also would drift off cue points at random as well and would need rejigging to hit cues. Not sure why Markers are missing or so useless in SS progs as they are about the most basic tool for such a programme to my mind.
    Even Soundslides on the Mac is inferior to the PC version as it has a much smaller maximum window, which makes it near unusable when using a lot of images.
    Using a PC/Parallels/Bootcamp... seems to be the best solution it seems for making professional slideshows.
     

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