I like photo slideshows. They’re a quick and easy way to showcase photos, display training materials, and get creative (especially for anyone who remembers Kodak projectors and Kodachrome slides). My favorite Mac photo slideshow app is FotoMagico which bristles with professional level features, including options to add background soundtrack, transitions, and put motion into static photos. It’s top notch and worthy of the hefty price tag.
If money is an object there’s Slideshow Maker Pro for Mac. It’s less expensive and easy and the results are excellent, albeit a bit limited by comparison. In a way this app is something of a mashup of iMove and iPhoto without all the video effects and photo tweaks and a slightly Fisher Price interface. It builds slideshows fast and easy with no complications.
Grab a folder of photos and drop them onto Slideshow Maker’s visual timeline and turn them into a slideshow movie.
Slideshow Maker comes with dozens of slideshow themes which can spice up the visuals a bit. Each photo in the slideshow can be rotated, cropped, or have effects applied, including text, and each has custom settings for duration and transition. There are some, but not many photo tweak tools including, brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue.
Both background and borders can be customized, and there’s an option to add background music (but this isn’t an editor in the vein of iMovie). Slideshow Maker handles most of the graphic and photo file formats available on the Mac, and it exports videos as standard .mov, mp4, .avi, and .wmv files. There are control settings for bitrate and frame rate, too.
If there’s a faster way to create a photo slideshow which converts to a movie I haven’t found it yet. The fact that there are a few customization options is a plus and the price is far less than FotoMagico. If there’s a nit at all it’s the usage of a floppy disk icon as the Save button. Floppy disk? That’s so 1999.