Just because you shoot still photos doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. In recent years it has become easier to take your photos and turn them into a video slideshow. This can be a fun way to show off your photos in a different and fun way. There are a number of programs out there you can use to create a fantastic slideshow and many are free. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you know I’m a big fan of the Windows Live family of applications. It just so happens that this suite of applications comes with a video editing solution in the form of Windows Live Movie Maker.
The process of creating a slideshow of your favorite sports photos couldn’t be easier. Once you have opened up Movie Maker, drag your photos to the right hand portion of the window, save the video and your done. That’s right if you just want a basic slideshow that’s all there is to it.
Many times you will want to add transitions, titles and music to your video. Let’s take a look at how to accomplish this.
If you want a track of music on your computer that you want to play during your slideshow click the Add Music button and select the music track you have saved on your hard drive.
Now to add a title and transitions you can do it manually or use the AutoMovie button to have the program do all the hard stuff in less than a second! After clicking the AutoMovie button it will do a number of things for you. It creates a title, credits, transitions and pan and zoom effects for each photo you have in your slideshow. It will also time the photos duration so that the video ends when the music track you have selected ends. You can now double click on the title and credit sequences to edit the text that displays at the beginning and end of the video.
Once you are ready to save your video you can either publish it directly to YouTube, create a DVD or even save it out as a 1080P HD video.