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Slide Shows with Digital pictures
Making a slide show of digital pictures is fun, fairly easy and usually free. If your computer is anything like mine, there is no shortage of material. So let's make a movie!
Smilebox is an online free program that only requires signing up. Be prepared for spending time trying to decide between format possibilities. By following the prompts, slide shows can be sent in an email or posted in a blog. Even though the program is free, I often pay the small charge of around $3 so there are no ads. These are perfect personalized ecards. I checked the other day and they have some great Valentines cards.
Google's free Picasa has a feature to make a slide show on their picture organization program. It uses is Microsoft's Movie Maker. Mac has a similar program. However, I like opening Movie Maker on my computer rather than in the Picasa program. If you don't have Movie Maker on your computer go to the Microsoft web site and download it for free.
Once pictures are put into the work area of the Movie Maker program, then drag them to a time line which allows different lengths of viewing time as well as transitions. Also title and credit pages can be included. The time line offers audio and video clips input. After all components of a slide show are added to the time line, then follow the prompts and the program will make the slide show for you. I use this program to upload to YouTube.
To upload movies to YouTube, you only need to register. Then from the site, follow the prompts to upload your movie you just made in Movie Maker. YouTube then gives you the code to copy and paste into your blog to share.
Picasa also has an online program called Web Albums and there is the ability to made a slide show there. I have used this program many times because I like the option to email or post on a blog the link to the online album where it can be viewed full screen. Or if the full screen view is not important, you can copy and paste to embed your sideshow in a smaller size on a blog or Facebook.
Animoto is another online program that is fun to mess around with. Go to their web site and watch the demo Valentine video. They really are simple to make too. Animoto allows 30 seconds for free. Anything longer has a minimal charge. You won't believe what fits into 30 seconds, though. I used this program to make a little slideshow of Christmas snow fun. It moves fast, but that fits some themes.
The program I used most recently for the snow storm is SmugMug. This is another online site which offers a one-month free trial. Many of it's offerings are like Picasa's Web Albums. I am trying it because of disappointment in the quality of photo processing and this site does a wonderful job, although a bit expensive but that is another topic.
If there are other slideshow programs not mentioned, please comment with the link. I'm always looking for something new.