I never leave home without my digital camera. When folks get the urge to take snapshots arises at parties, they look for me. So invariably, the next morning, I end up with all these snapshots and a dozen promises to email them.
I used to email them one at a time so the large file sizes won't clog up the email system. Then I learned to resize and shrink the photos so I can't attach a few pictures in one email. But looking at static pictures doesn't bring back the party to life and resizing photos is time-consuming.
Then my brother-in-law introduced me to PhotoShow Deluxe and I love it. It lets you turn your photos into a movie-like video slideshow with captions, titles, special effects and cool transitions in minutes. And the best part? It's free if you are a Comcast internet subscriber.
3 Steps to Creating a Music Photo Video Slideshow with PhotoShow Deluxe
Step 1. Log on to www.comcast.net
Log into www.comcast.net with your username and password.
On the Comcast menu bar at the top of the screen, click the Photos icon (circled below).
Step 2. Download the free software
You will be in the Comcast's Photos section. The FREE DOWNLOAD button for PhotoShow Deluxe will be halfway down the screen. Click that.
If you are not a Comcast Subscriber, you can purchase it at http://www.simplestar.com/software/deluxe_combo for $39.99.
Step 3. Watch video tutorial below on how to select your pictures, add music, captions, transitions and special effects.
By the way, as an alternative to PhotoShow, another software for putting together photos quickly (and videos as well) is muvee autoProducer.
Their logo says it: It's not work, it's play, I got to agree after I tried it.
If you want to turn your photos into a simple slideshow and you don't need music, transitions or special effects, there's an even easier way: Upload your pics on Snapfish.com You can easily email the slideshow to your friends and family.
Tips to a Fun Polished Music Photo Video slideshow.
- Organize the photos you want in the photoshow in a folder on your PC so you can just Select All from the folder. Saves time.
- Before creating a new PhotoShow, determine why and for whom you are making it for.
- You don't need to show ALL your pictures, just the important moments, and pictures that represent the beginning, the middle, and the ending.
- Decide what mood you are trying to convey and choose your soundtrack accordingly.
- If your viewers have slow internet connection, don't use too many photos or songs.
- If you are using text or captions, change the transition time so the audience has enough time to read them.
- Place multiple pieces of animated clip art on a single photo and playing with the clip art zoom can create cool layers of depth and dimension.