New Service Offers Photo Copyright Protection Assistance

Pixsy is a new service that offers copyright protection assistance to photographers.

So there you are, sipping your morning coffee and surfing the web, when all of the sudden, you freeze. The innocent list of ’10 things you didn’t know’ is suddenly not so innocent. The image for item number 6 looks eerily familiar. “Wait a minute! That’s MINE! I took that! They’re using my photo without my permission!”

In the digital age of photography, this scenario affects both pro-photographers and hobbyists alike. But what can you do to protect or defend your work?

There’s never really been an easy answer to this question, but a new service we came across recently says that they can help you find and protect your images.

Pixsy.com is a new online service platform that automatically scans the web, looking for unlicensed image usage for its members. If found, Pixy notifies you, helps you determine a proper licensing fee and with your permission, will contact the user and work toward collecting a fee for the use of your images.

Pixsy is still in “beta” as a service, and is not a substitute for legal representation, but what they offer does look very promising for all of us looking to protect, defend and profit from our photography.

If you’re unfamiliar with subject, check out their blog. It’s is full of great articles discussing copyright and image protection.




Archiving Your Slideshows


As a slideshow creator, your primary focus is creating the best-looking final product for clients, family, or friends. An equally important job is preserving those slideshows so that you can view, edit, or make copies of these shows at any point in the future. You can opt for a redundant storage solution that creates automatic backups, or you can invest in cloud storage which provides an extra level of protection by virtue of being offsite. But neither solution takes into account the fact that your hard drives are continually filling up with important data that you aren’t actively using. In fact, the slideshows you’ve created may be taking up many gigabytes of space. For this reason, you should consider archiving your shows and moving them off your hard drive. In this article, I’ll outline my recommended methods for archiving your shows and creating worry-free backups.

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Make a Beautiful Opening Statement in Your Shows with these Tips and FX

Create Intro Slides that Impress with ProShow

If you’re creating a video slideshow for a wedding, engagement or anniversary, having a strong opening sequence is important to your overall presentation. It sets the tone, introduces the people in your show and pulls your audience into the story.

So what are some of the best ways you can start your shows with a meaningful opening statement? We’ve rounded up some great tips and some of our favorite intro FX that will give your ProShow video slideshows instant polish! Check them out below.

Making an Impact with Your Intros

  • Add a date to your intro sequence. If you’re making an engagement slideshow, add the upcoming wedding date ‘Anna & Dave – 12-11-14 – Save the Date!’. If it’s a wedding slideshow, the wedding month, day and year is appropriate. If it’s an anniversary show, then add the couple’s anniversary date or consider including the year or milestone anniversary they are celebrating ‘Mary & Chris – Celebrating 30 Wonderful Years’.
  • Include the couple’s name, but don’t feel like you have to go the traditional route and use ‘first, lastname’. Try using large initials or first names only to give it a bit more character.
  • If you’re going to use an image or a sequence of images for your intro frame or slide, be sure and choose wisely. It’s the first thing the audience will see on the screen. Make sure the images convey the overall meaning of your show and gives everyone a glimpse of what’s coming next. There are many Slide Styles and FX that feature multi-image montages with captions that work great for an intro sequence. (See sample 2 below)
  • Choose a song with a nice intro sequence so you can match that up with the timing of your intro slide. If a song starts abruptly and there’s no space or ‘breathing room’ before it gets going, that can be a bit jarring when an intro slide plays. This can be helped with a slight fade-in of the audio track, allowing time for the intro sequence to play and move onto the main part of your show.
  • Try starting your show with a short quote. A quote can add a meaningful touch and sets the stage for your show. Click here for some of our favorite quotes for slideshows.
  • Give your intro sequence enough screen time. This is one of those times where you can linger a little longer so that everyone has a chance to read and take in the beginning of your show.

5 Great Intro FX for Your SlideShows

This round up of instant intro FX are perfect whether you’re making a wedding slideshow, anniversary slideshow or engagement slideshow.

Badge Title Dark

Create Intro Slides that Impress with ProShow
The Badge Title effect is reminiscent of a classic wax seal but with an updated, contemporary vibe. It’s a great way to display a couple’s initials (use a large script font for best results) or for displaying their names “Anna & Peter”, for example. Works with any background photo. Available in Effects Pack 6.

Block Collage

If you’re wanting to highlight a series of images in your intro sequence, the Block Collage effect works great. Each image fades into place while the caption is displayed on the screen. Works with up to 8 images and comes in a variety of background colors. Available in Style Pack 5.

Chevron Banner

This Chevron Banner effect makes a great opening slide. Add a little motion to the background image for even more impact. There are several variations that feature the banner centered or to the right or left. Available in Effects Pack 6.

Flourish Title Image Blur

This makes the perfect title slide, especially if you’re looking to include a date along with a couple’s name. The flourish design offers up a classic look and the blurred image background gives your audience just a tiny glimpse of what’s to come in your slideshow. Available in Effects Pack 6.

Damask Elegance

If you’ve photographed a formal affair or are looking for a dressed-up intro slide, Damask Elegance is a great choice. Add whatever text you’d like (perfect for adding a quote!) and choose your own font to match with the rest of your show. Available as a free download for ProShow.




FAQ Friday: Top ProShow Questions and Answers

ProShow Frequently Asked Questions

Each Friday we share the top 5 most buzzed about topics and questions about making video slideshows with ProShow. These come directly from ProShow users just like you and are collected by our customer service team each week! Read the round-up below to see what people are curious about this week.

  1. How do I remove the intro show from my DVD?
    In the Create DVD window, click on the Shows tab and uncheck the Include intro show checkbox to remove this option from your output. For more information on intro shows, click here.
  2. I can’t open my show, how do I load a backup?
    In ProShow, go to File > Open and browse to the folder containing your show file. In the Open show file window, change the file type from ‘ ProShow Files’ to ‘All Files’ near the bottom of this window so all files are visible in this folder. Locate your show file with the *.bak file extension (i.e. showname.bak) and open this file by clicking Open on the bottom right. For more information on loading backup files in ProShow, click here.
  3. How do I upload an unlisted video to YouTube in ProShow 6?
    In ProShow, click on Publish > YouTube and change your Privacy setting from Public to Unlisted. An unlisted video is a public video that is only available through a direct URL on YouTube. Viewers cannot search for this video which makes it a great solution for clients or close family members that may not want the entire world to have access to the show you’ve created.youtube_unlisted
  4. How do I adjust the size of my thumbnails shown in the file list?
    In ProShow, right-click inside the File List and go to View > Thumbnail size to increase or decrease the size of your thumbnails.
  5. What keyboard shortcut do I use to jump to a specific slide in my show?
    To jump to a specific slide in your show, use the CTRL+G keyboard shortcut. Insert the slide number and hit Enter. For more information on keyboard shortcuts in ProShow, click on the following links: Gold or Producer.proshow_jumptoslide

Want to submit a question about making video slideshows with ProShow? Please ask a question in the comments below and we’ll get back with you right away!




Behind the Scenes: Photographer Paul Armstrong’s Iceland Video

Photo by Paul Armstrong

Photographer Paul Armstrong won Grand Prize in our Ultimate Story contest last month. His winning video ‘ISLANDIA – A Photographer’s Heaven‘ features stunning images of frozen landscapes and a gorgeous portrayal of the Northern Lights. Capturing the scenery didn’t come easy. Paul and his team battled some harsh conditions and of course, were at the mercy of mother nature. Read below to learn about his journey photographing Iceland.

“The purpose of the trip was to photograph the Northern Lights ( Auroras ) as well as the ice on the beach at Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon. We selected January as the nights were long giving us the best possibility to photograph the auroras and the days were cool so the ice would stay a long time at the lagoon. Temperature range along the southern coast was surprising +3C to -3C or 27F – 37F letting us spend lots of time outdoors and not have to be bundled up in parkas.

We heard Iceland would be windy, but we had no idea of the strength of the wind. But with wind you get wave action and this made for some great shooting while waiting for the auroras. Mother nature plays a big role in photographing auroras and she granted us 3 nights where we had cloudless to partly cloudy skies. Mother nature did not allow us any sunrises or sunsets while we were at the lagoon, preventing us from photographing icebergs in the magic light.

photo by Paul Armstrong

Iceland is a fantastic place to photograph landscapes. The land changes every 10 minutes, around every bend in the road giving you options to photograph lava of all shapes and sizes, waterfalls, mosses, ice caves, icebergs, wildlife, Icelandic horses as well as hills and valleys.

I will be going back for a third time.”

– Paul Armstrong

Watch Paul’s Winning Video

Video created with ProShow Producer. Try it free >

Enter your own video into our Ultimate Story contest, a new theme was just announced!




Ultimate Story Contest: Enter Your Best Wedding Videos

Wedding Video Contest

Get your cameras ready! We’re in search of the ultimate wedding story, told through the creative use of photos ,videos and audio. Enter your best wedding and engagement videos for a chance to win some awesome prizes from Panasonic Lumix, Profoto, Colormunki, Photodex and Resource Magazine.

All entries must be received by December 10th. The grand prize winner will be announced January 2, 2015.

Click here to learn more and enter! It’s totally free and open to contestents world-wide!




Photodex at the 2014 PSA Conference

We’re coming to you live from the 2014 PSA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Stop by our vendor table tomorrow for some hands-on demos of ProShow 6 and great show specials. Then join me from 4pm-5pm for a special presentation ‘From Shoot to Show: Making Compelling Photo Slideshows‘. I’ll be sharing my workflow secrets and showcasing some of the newest features in ProShow 6.

If you’re not familiar with the PSA group, check out the video above (made in ProShow Producer). It’s an organization led by photographers for photographers, focused on education, sharing and community!

Hope to see you at the conference!


How-To + Tutorials

Archiving Your Slideshows

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

As a slideshow creator, your primary focus is creating the best-looking final product for clients, family, or friends. An equally important job is preserving those slideshows so that you can…

Make a Beautiful Opening Statement in Your Shows with these Tips and FX

Monday, October 6, 2014

If you’re creating a video slideshow for a wedding, engagement or anniversary, having a strong opening sequence is important to your overall presentation. It sets the tone, introduces…

FAQ Friday: Top ProShow Questions and Answers

Friday, October 3, 2014

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Creating a Spotlight Effect with Text in ProShow Producer

Monday, September 22, 2014

In a recent training video, we showed a really neat effect of a spotlight highlighting an individual in a group photo and then a caption appearing under the…