Today’s guest post comes from photographer Rob Knight.
When I first began to explore the idea of “hybrid photography” the editing and output options for still photography + video were a big question. I thought, “Sure, I have a camera that can shoot video along with stills, but then what do I DO with it?” Luckily for me I was introduced to ProShow Web soon after that!
The web version of ProShow allows you to upload, edit and share photos & videos right inside of your web browser. It is easy to learn, easy to use and the results are beautiful. The folks at Photodex even seem to listen to their customers because they are constantly improving the software and adding features.
One of the things I’ve always liked about ProShow Web is the integration with the ProShow app for iOS devices. I can access, edit and even create shows on my iPad or iPhone. Now the iOS version has been updated to add many of the features that I use regularly in the web version. It is the perfect companion for my hybrid photography workflow that begins in my Wi-Fi enabled LUMIX cameras and ends with sharing my hybrid “eScapes” online.
Choose a Theme
The ProShow app is a powerful tool, but it is also easy to use. Once you sign in and touch the “New Show” button you will pick a Theme for your show. A Theme is basically a collection of effects and transitions that will be applied to your images and videos. I find that “All the Standards” and “Full Frame” are good options for a variety of shows. If you take a few minutes to watch some of the Theme previews I’m sure you will find a few that are perfect for your project. Touch the “Create” button at the bottom of the screen when you’ve decided on a theme.
Add Your Content
The next step is to add content to your show by touching the “+Add” button in the bottom left corner of the screen. My first stop is usually the “Photos & Videos” button. You can add photos and videos from your device, or you can choose content from your online services like Facebook, Instagram, SmugMug, etc. You can also import slides from your other ProShow Web projects.
Choose music from the built-in library
Adding a soundtrack to your show is an important part of creating a mood. Touch the “+add” button again, then touch “Music”. I generally stick with the built-in music library so I can share my shows without worrying about licensing music. If you upload music from your own library be sure you have the necessary permission to use it. The built-in music library contains hundreds of royalty-free songs that you can search for by tempo, category, length and more. I always seem to find a piece of music that is perfect for my projects.
Titles are a new addition to the ProShow Web app. You can add a title slide by touching “+add” then “Title”. Use this to create a title slide, chapter divider, credits, etc. You can also add a title to a photo or video. To add titles to an image, select the image (or video) and touch “Edit” at the bottom of the screen. Use the “Text” box to add a caption to the slide. Turn on “Use Headings” to add a heading and sub-heading to your slide.
After your content is uploaded and added you can simply drag and drop to arrange your images, videos and titles. I usually mute my video clips by selecting the clip, touching the “Edit” button and selecting “Mute” in the Video box. Once everything looks the way you want it touch the “Build” button in the top-right corner of the screen. When your show is rendered you can save it to your device by touching the “Save” button, but I usually use the “Share” button instead. From here you can upload the show to Facebook, YouTube, SmugMug, etc. You can share your project without taking up valuable space on your mobile device.
The Finished Product
Hopefully these tips will help you get up to speed with the ProShow Web app. It is an easy and fun way to create beautiful slideshow on the move. Interface refinements and new tools like captions and titles make the mobile app better than ever!