How To Create a Looping Slideshow Display

Whether you’re a photographer, real estate agent or other small business owner, you may find yourself needing to play a slideshow on a display for potential clients. Maybe it’s for a bridal show to display your photography to prospective clients or maybe it’s for the walls of your real estate office to play a loop of current ‘for sale’ homes.

Whatever your needs, ProShow makes it easy to create a custom, looping display you can play anywhere on any screen. Here are some tips to get you on the road to making a professional and polished video for your display.

1. Go Widescreen: Pretty much all displays nowadays are widescreen. Make sure that when you’re setting up your slideshow in ProShow, you have the show size set to Widescreen (16:9) rather than 4:3. You can find this under Show Options > Show Settings > Aspect Ratio.

2. Keep it Simple: When making a slideshow for a display that people will be walking by, and not necessarily watching from beginning to end, it’s best to keep the visuals simple (yet eye-catching). Yes, ProShow has all these cool effects and animations but control yourself! :) The end goal is to show off your work/products/service. Simple zooms, fades and dissolves + easy-to-read captions (don’t use a script font no one can read from a few feet away) are the best way to go.

3. Audio and Soundtrack Considerations: A low volume soundtrack (that can be muted if necessary), or none at all, is ideal for these types of displays. If you’re depending on a voiceover to help sell your product, you could run into trouble. People at busy events normally spend only a few minutes observing your booth or display, making it unlikely that they would have chance to hear the full message (especially with all the other competing noise).

4. Loop It: In an office, tradeshow booth or window display, you’ll want to make sure your video can playback in a loop. The easiest way to make your video loop in ProShow is to add a menu and include the option to ‘loop show’. You’ll see the loop option for any type of menu you create. Many TV’s also allow you to manually loop a video through the TV’s menu, but since it’s better to be safe than sorry, we suggest creating your own looping option.

5. Output Format and Quality: What type of display will you be presenting your slideshow on? A flat screen TV? A projector? Whatever your method of display, you’ll want to output an HD video to get the best quality possible. Burn a Blu-ray disc of your slideshow with ProShow and playback on a Blu-ray player or Playstation 3. Don’t have a Blu-ray burner? Create a 1080p HD MPEG 2 video and hook up a laptop to play the video directly from your laptop to the HDTV screen. Before the event, test playback to make sure everything looks perfect and you have all the right components, wires and parts you need to make it happen!

So there are some of our top tips for creating and displaying a photo slideshow at your next event or for your office. Have you ever created a video like this? How did it turn out?

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As the head of the Creative team at Photodex, Leslie is involved in the design & production of ProShow demos, slideshows & special effects. She is a self-professed Crazy Cat Lady who is into horror movies, music, good food, and riding her bike around Austin.