In ProShow 8, we’ve completely reworked the Video For Web, Devices, And Computers window – the main hub for creating video files in ProShow. Although the profiles have expanded and changed over the years, it became increasingly important to us to refocus the layout to provide a more intuitive experience that allows users to get the very best quality without having to know too much about the complex world of video encoding. Continue reading →
Summer is full of many fun outdoor activities. Most include water, rough areas, and a lot of action. This means your camera, phones, and other gadgets are at risk.
Don’t be held back because you don’t have the right equipment. Capture your memories with some of these awesome gadgets and gear to help you build your summer slideshow.Continue reading →
In ProShow 7, many of the video file export presets were retooled so that creating high quality video files from your slideshows is simple and consistent. Part of this retooling process included adding 60 frames-per-second presets where appropriate. Today I’m going to cover why you’d want to create a 60fps video file and tell you where you can find these options.
With the release of ProShow 7, a handful of new video output formats have been added to the Video for Web, Devices and Computers window. You may notice a category called High Definition Disc Authoring. The goal of these video presets is to allow you to create Blu-ray or AVCHD files that can be imported into a 3rd-party disc authoring program without the need to re-encode the video.
Today I’d like to show you how to create an AVCHD video file that can be burned to a standard DVD disc and played in a Blu-ray player. This effectively cuts out the need to purchase a Blu-ray burner or blank BD-R discs. [Note: AVCHD discs cannot be played on regular DVD players – only Blu-ray players.]Continue reading →
ProShow has built-in support for uploading your slideshows to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Smugmug. YouTube and Facebook are household names at this point, but Vimeo and Smugmug are two services you may want to look into if you’re not already familiar with them. Today I’m going to give you a rundown of the pros and cons of each service so that you know which one is right for you.
“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.
Creating Your Custom Video Preset in ProShow
- In ProShow, open any saved slideshow that you’d like to upload to YouTube.
- Go to the Publish menu and choose Video for Web, Devices, and Computers.
- Click the [+] button at the top of the Presets list on the left in order to create a custom video preset.
- If you’re using ProShow Producer or you have ProShow Gold with the ProShow Devices plugin installed, set up your preset as shown below.
- If you do not have the ProShow Devices plugin in ProShow Gold, set up your preset as shown below.
- Click the Save button to create your custom preset. After you’ve done this, your custom preset should be selected at the list in the left of the Video for Web, Devices and Computers window.
- Click the Create button, then choose a save location and file name when prompted. Make sure to take note of where you’re saving this, as you’ll be needing it again soon. If in doubt, save it to your desktop.
- Assuming you’re already logged into YouTube, go to their site and click the “Upload” button at the top right. You can also get to it by clicking this link.
- Click the “Select files to upload” button and choose the file you created in ProShow. From there it should be a matter of filling in the video details while the upload is in progress.
Watching Your 60fps Videos on YouTube
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.
- For this video to work well, you’ll need to make sure that you have a fairly modern system with the newest graphics drivers installed.
- If 1080p60 does not play back smoothly, try 720p60, which will be less hardware-intensive.
Having grown up in the VHS era, there was a certain comfort in knowing that there was only one major consumer video format. Betamax had already lost the format war. DVD wasn’t yet on the horizon. If you taped or filmed something on VHS, you could safely assume that it would play on anyone else’s VCR. But once consumer video went digital, the idea of a single video standard seemed to go out the window. And with all the new video formats created by our cameras, camcorders, and phones, compatibility becomes an increasing concern.
Many of us are familiar with AVI, MOV, MPG, and MP4 video files, but those file extensions tell us a very small part of what the files are. Take an AVI file, for example. The video and audio streams inside the file can be made using almost any compression type, and that list is much too long to mention here. Because of this, a video player or video editor that supports “AVI files” will never support all AVI files. The same holds true for most other video formats, and for this reason, when you try to import a supported video type into ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer, or ProShow Web, you may occasionally find that the video is blank, the audio can’t be heard, or an “Unrecognized File Selected” message is given.
Fortunately, there are programs out there that you can use to convert your video from its current format to a more standardized one with little or no perceptible loss in quality. Today I’m going to show you how to transcode your problematic videos with one of my favorite free tools, Handbrake.