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FAQ Friday: Top ProShow Questions and Answers

ProShow Frequently Asked Questions

The top 5 most buzzed about topics and questions about making video slideshows with ProShow. These come directly from ProShow users just like you and are collected by our customer service team every other week! Read the round-up below to see what people are curious about this week.

    1. How do I drag and drop multiple images into a single slide in the slide list?
      In the File List, left-click the first image you’d like to add into your slide,  hold down your CTRL key and then left-click your additional images that you’d like to add into your slide. After all images are selected, hold down your CTRL key and drag and drop your group of images into the Slide List. It’s important to make sure you release your mouse click before releasing the CTRL key on your keyboard to make sure the program knows to import all images into a single slide. For more information on this topic, click here
    2. Can I crop an image in ProShow 6 without permanently saving the crop to my original image?
      Absolutely! To crop an image in your slide, double-click the slide (to open Slide Options), select the image you’d like to crop under the layers list on the left and then click the Adjustments tab near the top. In the Adjustments tab, locate Editing Tools and click on the Crop button to open the crop utility. Using your mouse, select the area of your image that you would like to keep and press Enter to save the change. If you would like to remove the crop at anytime, uncheck the Crop checkbox under Editing Tools and it will remove your crop.proshow_crop
    3. What’s the difference between the two randomize transition options in ProShow 6?
      In ProShow, there are two different ways to randomize transitions in your show. The Random Transition Icon applies random transitions every time you preview or output your show and the Random Transitions Menu Option applies a static transition to your show as if you had chosen the effect normally.  The main difference between the two options is one option gives you random transitions every time you playback or output the show, while the other applies transitions that stay the same every time you preview or output your show. To apply the Random Transition Icon, select the slide(s) you wish to change and click the transition icon to open your transition picker. Select the Random (?) icon in the Choose Transition window and press Enter to apply these change to all selected slides in your show. To apply the Random Transitions Menu Option, select the slide(s) you wish to change in the Slide List, right-click in the Slide List and select Randomize > Randomize Transitions from the right-click context menu.random_transition
    4. How do I search for missing files on Windows?
      When searching for missing files we suggest the built-in Windows search function. You can locate any file on your hard drive using the filename with little effort. To search for a missing file, press the Windows key + F. Simply start typing and Windows will begin to show you results in real-time as you type. Once your file appears in the list, right-click the file and select ‘Open file location’ to view the folder containing this file.
    5. What is the maximum show length when publishing to DVD in ProShow 6?
      Using the default DVD publish options the maximum show length is 1 hour. If your show is over an hour long, you need to lower the DVD Type to make room for the longer show before publishing to DVD. If quality is a concern, we don’t recommend lowering these settings as it will significantly drop the quality when the show is burned to the disc. If you find that your show is over and hour long and you don’t want to lose quality, the best solution is to shorten the show by reducing slide/transition times, or in extreme situations you can split your show into two parts and publish each part to a separate DVD. For more information on show length, click here


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