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Learn Advanced Masking in ProShow Producer

Learn how to combine masking and keyframing to create some unique effects in ProShow Producer. In this video, we walk through creating a spotlight effect and break down how some of our popular slide styles are made using masking. Download a free trial of ProShow Producer and follow along >>

 

Intermediate Masking Tutorial for ProShow Producer

Check out the second video in our 3-part series on using masks creatively in ProShow Producer. In this video you’ll learn how to create a transparency mask using different shapes to create some neat effects in your shows.

See the ‘Intro to Masking’ video here > Then stay tuned for next week’s Advanced Masking video!

Don’t have Producer? Download a free trial to follow along.

 

An Introduction to Masking in ProShow Producer

Masking gives you access to some of the best effects you can create with ProShow Producer, allowing you to combine images together to create visual arrangements that are impossible otherwise.

In ProShow Producer, as in many image editing programs, a Mask is a layer that conceals and reveals parts of underlying layers. In the same way that a stencil masks out part of an underlying surface, a Mask blocks certain parts of what lies beneath it. This video gives you a great overview of using masks in Producer and we go through a simple masking example together.

Stay tuned for two more masking videos coming in the next few weeks that get a little more advanced and creative!

 

ProShow Web: Top 5 Features for Pros

Watermarking, custom themes and HD output are a few of the awesome features available to Premium ProShow Web subscribers. Watch this video to see the top 5 features for pros and how to use them effectively in your video slideshows.

  1. Custom Themes: Create custom themes that use only effects you choose. A great timesaver for batch-creating shows with one consistent look. Simply click the ‘New Theme’ option and start creating your custom theme.
  2. Watermarking: Add a custom watermark to your slideshow. Use a PNG file with a transparent background for best results. Your watermark will show up in the bottom right corner of each slide in your show providing you added protection when sharing your videos online.
  3. Call to Action Links: Add a link to the end of your slideshow to drive traffic back to your website or blog. Simply enter any URL and it will appear at the end of your video or anytime the video is paused.
  4. Custom Watch Pages: Create a custom watch page for the videos you share on ProShowWeb.com. Adjust the page background color or use a background image and add a URL to get people to click through to your blog or website.
  5. HD Output: Create and share all your slideshows in beautiful 1080p HD video. Share online, download HD videos files to your computer or download and burn Blu-ray ISO files for clients.

Learn more about the perks of a Premium ProShow Web account here >

 

See What’s New in ProShow Web

Take a tour at some of the awesome, new features just added to ProShow Web. Learn how to use and access photo captions, timing control, DropBox support and get a preview of the new widescreen layout and more.

 

Using Intro Shows in ProShow

When creating Disc or Executable output in ProShow Gold and Producer, you have the option to include an Intro Show. An Intro Show is a quick video that plays before your show starts and can be a great way to brand your video so your audience immediately knows whose work they are watching.

Tips for Using Intro Shows

  • Into Shows always appear first. When you add an Intro Show, your audience will always see the intro show before anything else, including all shows and menus you add when creating Disc and Executable output.
  • Keep your intro shows short. While you can use longer shows, intro shows tend to work best when they are about 3-6 seconds long, which usually translates into shows that are made using just 1-3 slides.
  • An Intro Show can be as simple as your logo slowly zooming into the forefront of a slide. You can include your website URL and any additional information you’d like.
  • Intro shows are great for advertising and branding. Since the intro show plays before all of your other content, your audience will instantly know whose work they are looking at. Your company name and logo will be top-of-mind.
  • Are you creating a slideshow to publish online or on a device and want to include an intro show? In ProShow, create a short 3-6 second intro show, render it to a video clip and save it to your computer. Drop that video in before the first slide in any future show. This will act like an intro show for any output you select and works with ProShow Gold, Producer and ProShow Web.

Getting Started with ProShow Producer 5

Learn how to create your first slideshow with ProShow Producer 5. This video will teach you how to use the wizard to instantly create a great-looking slideshow and choose from 40+ output options to publish your finished show. Try ProShow Producer free at www.photodex.com.

Looking for more advanced training videos on ProShow Producer? Check out our YouTube training channel for tons of helpful videos.