Video clips can not only be the stars of your show, but can also serve as great background layers to make your still photos pop! In this video, you’ll learn how to use a video clip as a background layer in both ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer. Don’t have ProShow? Download a free 30-day trial and follow along!
Our friends at Digital Anarchy recently turned us on to their new Beauty Box Photo app for iPhone and iPad. We’ve long been fans of their arsenal of plug-ins for Photoshop, Premiere and Final Cut, so when we heard they had a free app, we had to check it out!
If you’re looking for a great app for touching up portraits on-the-go, check out Beauty Box Photo. It features many of the powerful effects found in their Beauty Box plug-in for Photoshop, but in the palm of your hand (and it’s free!).
Just select one of the 37 presets, and the Digital Makeup technology automatically identifies skin tones, lighting and coloration to apply the level of smoothing you request and beautifies your photo. Some presets are more subtle and natural while others can get pretty creative.
If you enjoy the app, remember this is just a taste of what can be done with Beauty Box. For photographers there’s a Photoshop and Aperture version and if you do video, it’s available for Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Sony video editing applications, allowing you do to automatic retouching on video. (The video plug-in is used by NBC, Universal Music, E! Entertainment, Home Shopping Network and many others!)
Few things are as sure to please a lady on Mother’s Day as flowers, a hug and some good memories. Whether she goes by Mama, Wife, Grandma or Nana, you are guaranteed to make her day extra special with a surprise photo slideshow made with ProShow. Just drop in your favorite family photos into ProShow, add a song she’ll love, then create! Use the ‘Bloom’ instant slideshow effects (available for free download or as a theme in ProShow Web) to make it gorgeous!
Inspired by the feminine nature of garden and earth, and honoring both the beauty of the present and past, the ‘Bloom’ effects are perfect for Mother’s Day slideshows, as well as nature and portrait photography. Compatible with ProShow Producer 5, ProShow Gold 5, and ProShow Web.
Download the free ‘Bloom’ effects (.zip) >
ProShow Web users will be able to use these effects as part of the new theme, ‘Bloom.’
To Use Your New ‘Bloom’ Effects:
You’ll need to manually install your new effects into ProShow Producer or ProShow Gold. Once installed they’ll show up like all your other slide styles and transitions. Need help with manually installing? Read this how-to article on installing & managing FX in ProShow 5.
Many of the transitions and slide styles featured in the demo were sampled from our popular Transition Pack 2 and StylePacks 4 & 5. To see the full selection of instant add-on effects, check out our Effects Packs for just $19.95 >
Check out our Mother’s Day Photo Projects board on Pinterest for more fun DIY gift ideas, crafts and photo projects.
Video slideshow created in ProShow Producer.
This week’s spotlighted slideshow comes from Tara Paul Photography. We love the demo reel she put together in ProShow Producer to promote her photography studio! Watch the video and read more about Tara below.
“I’m a Mom of two beautiful grown children. I started photography as a hobby and have since had the pleasure of working with wonderful families, capturing their memories through photos. I’m a natural light and on-location photographer who specializes in Child, Engagement, Family, Maternity, Newborn, Senior and Weddings within the Columbia, SC area. It is also my pleasure to capture everlasting memories and to offer free sessions to families who have children with life threatening illnesses.
In addition to my photography, I offer customized storytelling keepsakes through video slideshows in a variety of formats. Everything from Anniversary, Baby, Birthday, Class Reunions, Corporate, Engagement, Father’s Day, Graduation, Holidays, Mother’s Day, Sports Events, Tributes/Memorials, Valentine’s Day, Weddings and Worship slideshows. My most popular to date have been Graduation, Tributes/Memorials, Holidays and Weddings. I’ve always loved photography and having the ability to create an everlasting heirloom for families through a slideshow that they will cherish forever. It’s a priceless gift that compares to no other. ProShow has given me that opportunity to give to my clients and my own family!”
ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer and ProShow Web support a wide array of video formats, as you can see from this list for Gold + Producer and this list for ProShow Web. Almost everything from 3GP to MPEG-4 can be dropped directly into a show, or added through the Wizard, without installing any additional software. It really makes working with video in ProShow a snap. An internal video decoding engine, leveraged against locally installed codecs, allows ProShow to greatly simplify the process of using videos in a slideshow.
Adding a video to a show is as easy as adding an image, albeit with a bit of additional overhead. Processing all that frame data takes time after all, especially with large or complex videos, so it’s important to remain patient. To keep on top of an import process, look to the progress meter located just under the File List. When that green bar disappears your video import is done. At that point you’re ready for playback and any additional editing you may want to apply.
Should you run into a video that ProShow cannot immediately import, here are some tips that may just save the day.
The one thing you don’t want to do when trying to resolve a video import problem is install a codec pack. This may seem like a great idea but it rarely helps and often leads to more trouble. Focus on the individual video causing the problem, rather than attempting system-wide changes that could have unforeseen results.
You may never run into a video that ProShow doesn’t like, but if you do just remember to stay calm and take it one step at a time. There is a solution out there for every problem. And don’t forget, we’re always here to help! Give us a ring or email 7-days a week! 1-800-377-4686 or email us.
Just getting started with ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer? We rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions by newbies and provided some helpful answers. Check out these 6 great tips to help you make the most of using the software.
Have a tip you’d like to share with other Proshow users? Leave a comment below.
Check out this great video on how to best use square photos and slide backgrounds in ProShow Producer by David Rowley of davro-digital.com. David’s site offers helpful training on ProShow and other software titles like Photoshop and Lightroom. Visit http://davro-digital.com/ to learn more.
Video clips can not only be the stars of your show, but can also serve as great background layers to make your still photos pop! In this video,…
ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer and ProShow Web support a wide array of video formats, as you can see from this list for Gold + Producer and this list…
Just getting started with ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer? We rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions by newbies and provided some helpful answers. Check out…
Check out this great video on how to best use square photos and slide backgrounds in ProShow Producer by David Rowley of davro-digital.com. David’s site offers helpful training…