Oct
8

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Archiving Your Slideshows

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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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Oct
6

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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

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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.

 

Oct
3

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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!

 

Oct
2

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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!

 

Oct
1

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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!

 

Sep
29

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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!

 

Sep
22

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Creating a Spotlight Effect with Text in ProShow Producer

Learn how to make a spotlight effect in ProShow

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 photo. We had a ton of requests on how to re-create this effect in ProShow Producer, so the steps are below!

Note: Please keep in mind this example is for instructional purposes only. Feel free to use your own values and layer positions while following along.

Adding Layers + Layer Setup

  1. Drag and drop your photo onto your slide.
  2. Double-click the slide to open the Slide Options window.
  3. Under the Layers column, right-click the photo you added and select Duplicate layer to make a second layer on your slide. (note: we will use this duplicate layer to create the spotlight effect layer)
  4. Click the (+) button under the layers column on your left and select Add Solid Color from the right-click menu and set the color to Black, and set the resolution to 800×800 (square). (note: this layer will be used to create the spotlight effect)
  5. Now you need to place your layers in the following order using the up and down arrows located at the top of the layers column in the Slide Options window.
    1. First layer – Solid Color Layer
    2. Second Layer – Duplicate photo Layer
    3. Third Layer – Original photo layer
  6. Now that we have your layers in the correct order we need to set the solid color layer as a mask +vignette.

To enable as mask:

  1. Right-click the solid color layer (layer 1) in the layers list and select Use as Masking Layer from the right-click menu.
  2. Now click on the Layer Settings tab and make sure the Mask type is set to Transparency.

Learn how to create a spotlight effect in ProShow Producer

To setup a vignette:

  1. Select the solid color layer (layer 1) from the layers list and select the Adjustments tab located at the top of the Slide Options window
  2. Under Editing Tools, locate Vignette, check the box and click on the Vignette button to setup the vignette
  3. Under Vignette Type, set the Shape to Ellipse and Type to Solid Color (black).
  4. Under Vignette Options, set the Vignette Size to 100% and check the Solid borders checkbox.
  5. Click Ok and you’re done.

Learn how to create a spotlight effect in ProShow Producer

Now we need to set the opacity for our mask so the spotlight appears on top of your photo.

  1. Under the same Adjustments tab locate the Opacity slider and adjust this to 100%
  2. Setting the Opacity to 100% allows your photo (layer 2) nested inside your mask to show through the area of the mask.

The last and most important step for this effect is adjusting the white point for our third layer. This step allows the nested image (layer 2) to appear slightly brighter than our third layer which creates the illusion of a spotlight.

  1. Select the bottom image layer (layer 3) from the layers list and select the Effects tab located at the top.
  2. Under the Effects tab, click on Keyframe2 and set the White Point to (-51).
  3. Click Ok and you’re done.
  • At this point you should now see a spotlight appearing on top of your photo when previewing the slide in your show. Do you see the spotlight?
  • After you test playback of this slide, position your mask layer (layer 1) on top of the photo so the spotlight appears where you’d like and add any motion to both layer 2 and layer 3 so the effect is synced during playback. As a rule of thumb you want to make sure the values for layer 2 and layer 3 matches up exactly for this effect to work.
  • Adding Caption + position

    Now that you have the foundation setup for this effect the last thing you need to do is add your caption to your slide and position it in the appropriate location on your photo.

    1. In the Slide Options, click the (+) button under the Captions column on your left to create your caption.
    2. Now enter your text into the Selected Caption Text input box on the top-right of this window.
    3. Finally, position the caption on your photo by dragging the caption inside our preview window so it is positioned under your spotlight on your photo and you’re done.

    After all that work, be sure and save this custom spotlight effect as a slide style and you’ll be able to re-use the spotlight effect in just a few clicks.
     

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