Have you looked at Photostory? Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again
What is the best way to go about showing (on a projected screen) a series of photos, in order, with a piece of music playing in the background? The timing of the photo slideshow needs to exaclty match the music, and the output needs to be as good quality as possible. Image Google photoshow screensaver but with background music. We could do with something embedable in PowerPoint as out teachers can use that (we can set up a slideshow for them, then all they have to do is press the right arrow key to advance through slides).
I've tried doing a slideshow with Windows Movie Maker, but you can't accuratly set the number of frames you want to show a picture for, you can only set whole seconds. Adobe Premier Pro almost works well, but for some reason only allows you to sort a set of images by modified date. PowerPoint, for some reason, when showing a movie produced by Premier Elements showed what seemed to be a low-res version of an image for a couple of seconds before eventually loading the high-res one, which seemed odd.
I guess what I actually want is a Flash object that I can give a list of images and an audio file and leave it to sort itself out. I don't seem to be able to modify the transparecy of a bitmap image with Flash MX 2004, so no nice cross-fade effect. Does Flash CS3 / Flex allow this? Is there a handy all-in-one application around someplace that does this for us?
Thanks Netman - i've been looking for something to do this properly for ages!
The alternative that I normally use is Irfanview - this can build a very nice simple standalone slideshow with background MP3/WAV and will accept part seconds for frame display if you're doing length of song in seconds divided by number of photos.
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Been playing with Faststone Image Viewer lately which can also do this but with more flashy transitions - haven't done a proper one to show in an assembly/parents evening etc with it yet though.
I'd second photostory. Even teachers can use it
You will find it hard to beat photostory 3
I too can also recommend photostory - every year i use it to string together the leavers photos with some music in the background for their last assembly....
You should be able to be a lot more accurate than 1 second on Movie Maker. Have you tried using the zoom tool to zoom in on the timeline? It lets you be more accurate with your changes, unless you're using the new Movie Maker Live which is more of a downgrade than an upgrade (Windows 7 is the only one you'll be forced to use this on...).
Hmm. That's more than 3 votes for Photostory, guess I have to go get it now :-)
Why not just set timings in PowerPoint, then once its playing the slideshow plays through automatically with the slides changing when the time has been set. Teachers can rehearse and get everything exactly right. There's an option for having the music play through all slides, not just the first slide where you place the sound file.
It's just the convinience for dragging a whole load of Photo's into an application and adding the music - a minute work rather than 10 mins work in powerpoint.
dhicks (11th May 2009)
Photostory FTW! i always use it and its great, like someone said above even staff can use it and it's hard to teach any staff here how to use software at the easiest of times.
cant picassa do something similiar ?
I am also a fan of Photostory 3 however as we have a locked down version of Windows Media Player it won't play movies made in Photostory 3 because of codec problems.
I installed vlc on the workstations using Photostory 3 to workaround the problem, it will play the movie (and just about everything else) fine.
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