Photo by Kristen Jensen.
Promotional videos are a great way to introduce yourself to potential clients, show off your style, personality and a collection of your best shots. When done right, the combination of short video clips, audio and great images come together in a very powerful marketing message to prospective clients.
The video below is from photographer Kristen Jensen. She does a suburb job of telling her story and what it would be like to work with her. Kristen is a well established lifestyle photographer and also travels the country teaching photography. We love the way she combined behind the scenes video clips and still images to create this powerful promotional piece.
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“Why does my slideshow not look smooth when I upload it to YouTube?” It’s a question I get from time to time, and I have to explain that ProShow is not doing anything wrong when creating the video. It’s just the fact that YouTube – and frankly all video on the internet – is limited to 30 frames per second. In other words, you are effectively seeing only 30 possible movements in any given second. To get smoothness that is close to the limit of what human eye can see (or more importantly, what your monitor can display), the frame rate needs to be 60 frames per second.
A little over a month ago, YouTube unveiled a feature that piqued my interest: support for watching 60fps video. This finally puts YouTube on par with the smoothness that you see when watching a television broadcast. Now there’s a fairly big “gotcha” to this feature. For the time being it only works in the Google Chrome web browser. On the other hand, there is no downside to uploading your videos in 60fps all the time. Viewers who use Google Chrome will be able to watch at 60fps while those with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc, will see all the normal quality/resolution options that have always been available.
ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer can upload to YouTube automatically, but support for uploading at 60fps is not yet built into the program. Today I’m going to show you how to create a custom video preset in ProShow that will allow you to manually upload your videos to YouTube using the new frame rate option.
YouTube takes a few minutes – or hours in some cases – to make each video resolution available in the player (240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p). If you have an errand to run or are thinking about grabbing a bite to eat, now’s the time to do it. Once it’s finished creating each version of the video file, all you’ll need to do during playback is to click the gear icon at the bottom of your video and choose either 1080p60 or 720p60.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. In the meantime, here’s the demo video for ProShow Producer 6, which you can watch in 60fps with Google Chrome.
Looking for a great way to reach out to your photography clients around the holidays? Try making a ‘Thank You’ video slideshow. It’s a wonderful way to stay top-of-mind with clients during the busy holiday season and takes just a few minutes to put together a professional video you can share online or burn to DVD.
So how do you put it together? It’s simple. Gather a selection of images and video clips and use ProShow to turn them into a short video slideshow with a holiday message at the end. You can use images you’ve already captured for your clients from throughout the year or from a holiday mini session.
ProShow slideshow software makes it easy to put together a short ‘Thank You’ video and there are a ton of free downloadable holiday templates (see below) ready to go. Finished videos can be easily burned to DVD, Blu-ray or delivered as an email link – my personal favorite choice because it takes the least amount of time and is instantly viewable and shareable!
Watch the video below from photographer Todd Nichols. He puts together visual holiday greetings like this for his clients around the holidays using ProShow Web. He used the Holiday Nostalgia FX and theme to make this video.
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ProShow’s Wizard feature is an easy way to make a quick slideshow of your photos and videos without having to manually apply slide styles and transitions. Just insert your photos, titles, videos and music, then pick a theme and ProShow will do the rest. The resultant slideshow may need a few tweaks here and there before you’re finished, but in almost all cases you’ll end up saving yourself a lot of time.
Still, some users prefer to start from scratch and build their show by inserting an image, applying an effect and repeating the process until finished. There are several reasons for this. Perhaps they have a show that is precisely timed to the beat of their music tracks. Often times, however, they find that the Wizard doesn’t apply the effects that they prefer to use the most frequently.
Note: Your theme might need to be augmented with slide styles from the “Captions & Titles” category if the show you used as your basis did not include any caption styles. Failure to do so may mean that your Wizard theme may not apply styles to captions. Likewise, you’ll want to make sure your theme has styles appropriate for landscape, portrait and square images, since many styles are applied according to image orientation.
After you’ve created a new theme, you can now use it when you start a new show in the Wizard. Just go to File > New Show from Wizard, then follow the steps with adding your images/videos, titles, and music. On “Step 3: Theme”, choose the new theme you created above. Click Next and ProShow will work its magic.
Even if you don’t use the Wizard to start your shows, you can always select a handful of slides in your current show and use the “Remix” feature to automatically apply styles and transitions based on your custom theme. To this, select a group of slides (click on the first slide, then hold the shift key and click on the last slide) and choose “Remix Selected Slides with Wizard” from the Slide menu.
Hopefully this quick tip will help you create slideshows in your own personal style without having to start your show from scratch and orchestrate every detail. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Today’s guest post comes from photographer Rob Knight.
I led my sixth photo workshop in Costa Rica this past September. I decided to expand the trip from my usual seven day-six night schedule to a full nine days and eight nights. The extra two days allowed the group to relax and enjoy more shooting and instruction.
I held a contest at the end of the workshop to see who could come up with the most dynamic ProShow slideshow. I was not surprised that the best show was created by Kathy Veitch. Kathy has been a student of mine for several years and this was her fourth trip to Costa Rica with me! She won a one-year pro subscription to ProShow Web courtesy of my amigos at Photodex.
I thought I would share some of my tips for using ProShow Web for creating slideshows on the road:
ProShow Web is a great way to share your travel photography in a dynamic and entertaining way. With a few tips and a little practice you can create great slideshows on the road in no time!
Since we’re nearing the holiday season, chances are that you’ll be spending time with family and maybe even sharing your slideshow creations with them too. For me, this also happens to be the time when I realize how poorly set up some of my family members’ TV sets are. Whether it’s watching “stretch-o-vision” at my parents’ house or watching a DVD on a player that’s hooked up with a video cable standard from the 80s, it can be a little hard to resist the urge to try and improve their technology rather than spending time with them.
There can be many points of potential quality loss in your slideshow viewing setup. The factory settings on your TV, for example, are usually not the best. Your DVD or Blu-ray player can also be hooked up or set up in a less than optimal way. And finally, your DVD output settings may not be optimal for your slideshow. Today I’m going to show you how to make sure that your slideshows look as good as they can on your television.
When creating a DVD in ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer, there are several options that can determine how good your slideshows look. In the Options tab of the Create DVD window, look for the following options:
The DVD player itself is where I notice most people lose quality. The DVD player you bought in the late 90s or early 2000s probably still works, so there’s no need to upgrade it, right? Actually, many of the early DVD players were made for tube televisions, and they may be making your DVDs look worse than they should on your HDTV.
The type of cable that’s used to connect your player to your TV is very important. If possible, make sure your player is hooked up via HDMI, or perhaps component cables (red, green, and blue video cables with red and white audio cables). Hooking up via S-video or Composite (yellow video cable with red and white audio cables) is going to make your DVDs look bad. If your DVD player only has Composite or S-Video, it’s time to think about getting a new DVD player or Blu-ray player. A Blu-ray player should have both HDMI output and 1080p upscaling, so this is the safest bet, even if you are only going to play DVDs on it.
The settings on the DVD player can also have an effect on the quality you see on your TV. Here are some general guidelines:
There are a few options on modern HDTVs that are on by default that negatively affect your viewing experience. Here are some things to check for:
Hopefully these tips will help you get the most out of your setup. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Photo by Kristen Jensen. Promotional videos are a great way to introduce yourself to potential clients, show off your style, personality and a collection of your best shots….
“Why does my slideshow not look smooth when I upload it to YouTube?” It’s a question I get from time to time, and I have to explain that…
Looking for a great way to reach out to your photography clients around the holidays? Try making a ‘Thank You’ video slideshow. It’s a wonderful way to stay…
Since we’re nearing the holiday season, chances are that you’ll be spending time with family and maybe even sharing your slideshow creations with them too. For me, this…