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New Zero Motion FX in ProShow Web

Zero Motion FX for ProShow Web

Need a slide to stay still – that is, just display without animation? We’ve added a new set of ‘Zero Motion’ effects in ProShow Web, perfect for times when you need just the basics. You might find it handy to apply the zero motion effects to a logo or graphic you want to start or end your show with, or for a video clip in your show that you want to display full screen without any special effects. You can also use the zero motion effects to create cool stop-motion videos (see below):

To use the Zero Motion effects:

  • Select a photo or video in your slideshow, then click the ‘FX effects’ button.
  • In the categories section on the left, click on ‘Single Photo or Video’ under the Type option.
  • Effects are listed alphabetically, so scroll to the bottom until you see the Zero Motion set.
  • Here you can preview each one and hit the ‘Apply Effect’ button to use the effect on your selected piece of content. (Remember: You can select a range of slides to apply effects to large groups of content all at once!)
  • Tip – Zero Motion effects come in Fill Frame, Fit Frame and Fit Margin versions. Each version proportionally sizes your content (photo/video) differently:
    • Fill Frame ensures that all 4 sides of the image fill the 16:9 screen, leaving no visible edges. This works best for landscape-orientation and may not be ideal for portrait or square images.
    • Fit Frame sizes your content so that either the width or height of the image (whichever is longer) extends to the boundaries of the screen. This is a good choice for portrait images or square images, in that it ensures nothing will get cropped off the top or bottom. You can select a dark or light version to set the visible background color.
    • Fit Margin sizes your image down to fit inside 85% of the screen area, leaving a comfortable margin around the sides. For this option, you can also select a dark or light version to set the visible background color.

Sample Stop-Motion Video Using Zero Motion FX:
In the video below, each photo has a zero motion effect applied to it with ‘0.1’ slide time and ‘0.02’ CUT transition time. The result? A cool, stop-motion video made from about 300 images by photographer Jack Hollingsworth.

(made with ProShow Web)




Amanda works in Photodex's marketing department and heads up the company's pr and events efforts. She loves photography, living in Austin and making slideshows.