November 27, 2015

Windows 10, 8, 7, and XP SlideShow Makers

These SlideShow Makers Would Turn Your Pictures Into Stunning Slideshows.

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Almost all of us have quite a sizable collection of pictures (and of course videos, which are sort of extensions of pictures) on our computers, smartphones, or whatever, that we like to revisit on a frequent basis. But I’m sure you’ll agree, that clicking through a listing of photos (and videos) time and again often gets a little monotonous. And that’s where slideshow maker tools come into the picture.

These fun little software and online tools let you transform your favorite images (and video clips) into stunning looking slideshow videos, complete with stuff like background music, wicked cool transition effects, and even captions. Sounds dope, doesn’t it? Read on, as we run down the listing of some of the best slideshow makers out there. For your convenience, we have subdivided the list in Desktop based software and online tools. We’ll first discuss the software and then move onto web apps.

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ProShow Gold

Proshow Gold Slide Show Maker

Taking a look at ProShow Gold for the first time can be a little intimidating, given the barrage of sub-windows, settings, and other stuff that its UI is composed of. However, once you get the hang of all that, things get a lot easier. The professional grade slideshow maker application boasts a healthy collection of features. You start off by adding the photos and videos to be used for the slideshow via the Folder List column on the left, upon which they are added to the Slide List/Timeline bar at the bottom. You can also use the Import option to add content directly from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Picasa. Once added, each photo/video added can be extensively tweaked, and you can add everything from slide montages, to transition effects, to themes to them. And of course there are options to add background music, captions, and stuff like that. The changes can be previewed in the preview window on the right. After everything is set, hit the Publish button on the toolbar, and you’ll be able to save the output slideshow video directly to optical discs, save it to the computer in a variety of presets/formats, or even upload it to services like YouTube. Now that, is cool. ProShow Gold supports an extensive range of formats, like 3GP, MP4, WMV, AVI, and Flash Video.

Pros: Extremely feature laden, Tons of transition effects, themes, and whatnot, Ability to import content from social networks directly, Built-in image editing features, Wizard mode, Video export to multiple online services.

Cons: Can seem a little too overwhelming to novice users, Addition of multiple photos doesn’t work at times, Evaluation version banner overlaid on created slideshow videos.

Compatibility: Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP. Pricing: $69.95 for full version. 15 day trial available.

Movavi Slideshow Maker

Movavi Slideshow Maker

Powerhouse applications don’t always have to be cumbersome to use, and Movavi Slideshow Maker is solid proof of that. A well rounded program, it makes creating slideshow videos, in its own words, as easy as 1-2-3. You can add as many photos and videos as you want, either individually, or as entire folders. After that, you can upload either multiple audio files of your choice, or use some of the pre-installed sound effects. Finally, select one (or all) of the included transition effects to be applied to the added photos and videos, specify parameters like output directory and format, and that’s about it. What’s more, you can individually apply basic edits like auto enhance, volume leveling, rotate etc. to the added media before creating the slideshows, and the preview window on the right makes it simple to preview the changes and adjust them, thanks to the playback buttons. Movavi supports a plethora of input and output formats, including BMP, GIF, PNG (Images); 3GP, MP4, MKV (Video); and AAC, FLAC, MP3 (Audio).

Pros: Surprisingly easy to use for a feature loaded application, Lots of audio/video/ image formats supported, Basic edits can be applied to added media before creation, Custom output profiles for different purposes.

Cons: Occasional random crashes, Full- screen functionality is a little clunky, “Trial version” text overlaid on created slideshow videos.

Compatibility: Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP. Pricing: $29.95 for the full version. 7 day trial available.

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker

Although it’s true that paid software applications generally offer a much wider range of features, more often than not, the free stuff is just as good. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Windows Movie Maker, and you will. While it may not be teeming with fifty thousand unique features, the veteran video editing program, coming from none other than Microsoft, packs in more than enough punch to take care of all your slideshow video creation needs. Having the extremely user friendly Ribbon UI, using Windows Movie Maker is a breeze. To fire things off, you can add your favorite photos and videos, music, or even video directly recorded from your webcam. Post that, use the Animation and Visual Effects tabs to apply the same to the added media, either selectively, or all at the same time. You can even add fade in/out music effects to transitions, and preview the changes right in the preview window. Once done, simply save the created slideshow video using any of the built-in presets. You can also create custom presets, and share the created video to online services like YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook. The only downer here is that the output video support is limited to just one format, namely WMV.

Pros: Lightweight, Easy to use, Quite a handful of transitions and visual effects included, Direct sharing to popular social networks.

Cons: Not very feature rich, Hasn’t been updated in quite a while, Output format supported limited.

Pricing: N.A. (Free).

Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7. (For Mac,

Slidely

Slidely

There’s a heck of a lot more to Slidely than meets the eye. That’s because it’s not just about photo slideshows, but can also churn out photo collages and image collections just fine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Slidely is actually a social network of sorts, where you can not only share your created slideshow videos with others, but also follow your favorite creators and view curated collections. Whether you want to use images from your computer, or import some directly from social networks and services such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Dropbox, Slidely has you covered. Once done adding the images, you can add background music, which itself can be uploaded either from the computer, or imported from YouTube, SoundCloud, and then some more. As a last step, add information like title, description etc., and click on the Save my Slidely button. The created slideshow video will be shared on your Slidely profile, and can be also shared directly to Facebook and Twitter.

Pros: Does a lot more than just creating photo slideshows, Community based sharing features, Ability to import media from a host of different social networks, Videos can be set as public or private, User configurable transition speeds for photos.

Cons: Not exactly the most the user friendly web UI, Slow at times, Created videos can’t be downloaded.

Availability: Web-based (Desktop); iOS, Android (Mobile) Pricing: N.A. (Free)

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