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Adding Video to a Slideshow

In the world of slideshows, combining still photos and video clips is often referred to as “fusion”. The visual concept isn’t new, but among slideshow enthusiasts and photographers, this technique is becoming more and more popular.

Tools like ProShow make combining photos and video clips in a slideshow easier than ever.

Scene from an awesome slideshow by Discovery Bay Studios, a studio that’s mastered the art of mixing photos and video together. Watch the entire show.

If you haven’t made a slideshow with video before, here are a few quick tips to help get you started.

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Blend it like Beckham – Using Masks in ProShow Producer

Today’s tutorial comes from Jennifer Clark. Jennifer is the owner and creator of, a resource for ProShow effects, video backgrounds, training and more.  Today she shares some tips on using masks in Producer.

“Once you’ve got the basics of grey-scale masking down (White reveals, Black conceals, variants of grey fall somewhere in between) you’re ready to play with some masks. So, you add two images to a slide and add a gradient mask on top of one of them. But it doesn’t look right….you can still see the edge of your photo, even though it is clearly under the mask:

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Creating the Perfect Father’s Day Slideshow

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, do you have the perfect gift yet? Take Dad on a trip down memory lane by creating him a personalized photo and video slideshow. It’s easy to do and will be a huge hit with the entire family.

Here’s what you need to get started!

  1. Gather old photos and video clips to include in your father’s day slideshow. Dig up old photos from the past, vacation photos or anything you find that would make a great addition to your slideshow.
  2. Import your photos into slideshow software to create your show. You’ll want to choose a slideshow tool that’s easy to use and gives you the flexibility to output to multiple formats. ProShow is an excellent tool for creating slideshows for any occasion and you can download a free trial if you don’t already own the software.
  3. Create your slideshow. With ProShow, you can quickly get started by using the built-in wizard. Just click through the steps to add your photos and any video clips you have, import a soundtrack, add effects and you’re done! Go back and add fun title slides or captions to any photo, great for including a year to time-stamp a photo or including the names of the people in the photos.
  4. Decide how you’d like to output your slideshow. DVD for playing back in the living room, MPEG for playing back on a laptop or to project during a dinner or event, you may even want to output to YouTube or Facebook so friends and family from far away can enjoy the slideshow you’ve put together for Father’s Day.
  5. Never under estimate the power of a Father’s Day slideshow. You’ve created a special keepsake and touching tribute that everyone will love watching. Photos from the past are always fun to look back at. With the addition of a touching song and ken burns style pans and zooms, you’ve got a recipe for success! (just don’t forget to bring the box of tissues – there won’t be a dry eye in the room!)

Download a free trial of ProShow and create your Father’s Day slideshow today.

Create a Wedding Time Lapse Slideshow

Wedding and portrait photographer Mark Ridout created this awesome time lapse video (time lapse at 1:25) using a $30 dollar timer off eBay, a bunch of still images from the wedding ceremony and ProShow Producer. Here’s how he did it.

“I used a Canon 30D camera to shoot the time lapse segment. I placed the camera on a tripod in the balcony of the church, then pre-focused to the front of the church and turned off the auto focus. (This is done so that you don’t get slight image movement if the lens decides to focus on a moving person.)

Shoot in jpeg mode and use a setting that is slightly larger than 1920 pixels on the longest dimension. For most cameras, that would be the medium quality setting. For the Canon 30D the medium setting is 2544×1696. This file size allows me to create a Blu-ray disc if I decide that as my final output. The size also allows zooming and panning in ProShow without quality loss.

I used a YONGNUO timer that I purchased from eBay. The timer was a quarter of the price of the Canon version and the quality and build were excellent.

Set the timer to take a photograph every three seconds. On a side note, I actually had to have my assistant go up and turn off the camera after the bride made her way to the altar. I noticed a number of the guests looking back to see who the idiot was taking pictures during the quiet moments! The 30D shutter noise echoes off the ceiling of the church so I would advise only shooting the entering and leaving when there is a lot more ambient noise.

Once I returned to my office I loaded the images into Lightroom where I made color and contrast adjustments to one image and applied those adjustments to all of the images using the sync images function in Lightroom. I then exported my images to Producer using the ProShow plug-in for Lightroom. (Make sure to use the fill screen setting) Each slide was allocated a ‘0’ slide time and the transition was changed to cross fade and allocated a .05 setting. This can be adjusted to your taste. The shorter the time the faster it will appear.

Once that step was completed I output the slideshow as a HD video within Producer.

The video that was created in Producer was then placed back into a new slideshow along with the stills. This is where I panned the video left to right so that it appears I had the camera on a timed slider.

By experimenting and using these settings as a starting point just think of the cool things you can do with a spare camera, a cheap timer and ProShow Producer. Get busy!”

-Mark Ridout
Learn more about Mark, see more of his photography and slideshows over on his blog