For years I searched for a slide show program...something that would allow me to put images and music together and output it in a format that was cross platform compatible. I tried many, from simple consumer programs all the way to Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier...then I found ProShow.
Photodex corporation makes both ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer, they are by far the best products for making slide shows from still images. I use Proshow Producer but you might be quite happy with ProShow Gold, it has almost all the features at a lower price, but you can download from this blog for FREE. No need to buy since i have the keygen.
Programs like Adobe Premier and Final Cut are best at working with video...they are very powerful, complicated and expensive. Since those programs are designed for video rather than still images, I always had trouble creating slide shows, and Quicktime movies which had good image quality. I spent a ton of money and countless hours trying to make them work. I don't know how Photodex does it, but still images look crisp, and beautiful when you create a slide show with ProShow. Unless you're making Hollywood movies, doing high-end videos and/or complex video editing, save yourself close to a thousand dollars and get Proshow instead of Final Cut or Premier.
With ProShow, I can easily create stunning slide shows for my homework, my friends and for posting on my blog. ProShow's simple interface lets you select photos and drop them in a "timeline". You can record your own voice-over track or add a soundtrack from a CD or an MP3 file. You can add motion and transition effects to but basically I use only a few, like cross dissolve, and cut. One of the best features is the ability to add the "Ken Burns Effect"...panning or zooming on a still image to give the feeling of video.
In terms of output, ProShow Gold gives you more options than most any other slide show software. You can burn DVDs and video CDs that play back on your TV, or stream your show on the Web (showing your ProShow programs on the web, requires the viewer to have the proshow plug-in, which may discourage some people).
ProShow Gold is a complete all-in-one tool for the slide show enthusiast. Whether you're just starting out, or a seasoned veteran, you'll find that ProShow Gold offers everything you need to create fun shows for friends and family. Best for making any slide show presentations.
Simply drag and drop your photos and videos onto the Slide List to add them to your show. Each slide can have an unlimited number of layers meaning you can create unique photo montages, add borders to images and more. You can even edit your video clips directly in ProShow Gold by using the built-in video trimmer. Use a transition to fade into the next slide for a seamless effect.
1. Use slide styles for Instant Effects
Slide Styles are pre-made effects that you can apply to any slide in your show. Just drop in you images, add a Slide Style and the rest is done for you. Slick, professional-looking effects in an instant. ProShow Gold comes with 50 must-have Slide Styles. You can also create, save and re-use your own Styles. Build up a library of styles or share styles with other ProShow users.
* One-click special effects
* 50 built-in Slide Styles
* Create and save your own Styles
2. Edit Photos & Create Custom Captions
ProShow Gold has a sea of built-in photo editing tools. Turn a color photo into black and white, adjust brightness or contrast, remove red-eye and more. You can also add custom captions to any slide in your show. Captions are great for cre a ting intro slides, adding descriptive captions to photos, creating scrolling credits and more.
* Easily remove red-eye from photos
* One-click auto fix for photos
* Add borders and drop shadows to any photo or video
* Set captions to any font, size, style and col or
* Add fun to your captions—choose from the expanded set of 100+ caption effects
OS: Compatible with XP, Vista & 7.