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At the time of the silver, share photos consisted primarily to compose
beautiful album that ended on shelves gathering dust. Oldest will also
recall evenings slides. Pleasant for the host proud to show his works,
they were sometimes a nightmare for guests. Since the advent of digital
photography, things have changed. Now there are dozens of ways to share
your photographs: the Internet on their television, a digital photo
frame, or printed on all kinds of media, etc.
The good old slideshows of yesteryear have also changed significantly.
They are now multimedia and animated with sound and text. As long as we
give ourselves a little trouble, you can turn an ordinary presentation
of photos in a real short movie, with the pace, which will capture the
audience. To achieve this type of presentation, there are two
solutions: the traditional software to install on your PC or, which is
increasingly in the era of broadband connections, service on the
Choose software that does everything
In principle, slideshow software is similar to video editing software.
The purpose is also the same: create a movie that is then sent to
friends via the Internet or burn these images on a DVD to be played on
a standalone player. In fact, most video editing software is quite able
to make slideshows, simply replace the video with photos. If you have
Windows Vista or 7, the simplest solution is to use the free Windows
Live Movie Maker to download. With Windows XP, you can make slideshows
with its old version, Windows Movie Maker (the only difference is the
word Live). It is only less rich in effects and less convenient to use.
Work on your editing online
The alternative is to install a free tool that does not necessarily
stamped Microsoft. But these programs are quite rare and offer limited
solutions, sometimes volatile and often quite severe. Only Picasa 3
software for managing photos from Google stands out. It showed
simplicity and efficiency, although not as complete. For example, the
burn must be conducted with third-party software that handles the
Along with this software, it is now possible to make slide shows
directly on websites. Moreover, most sites that host photos (Flickr,
Picasaweb...), those specializing in prints online (Photoways,
Photoweb, MyPix, etc.) or even some instant messaging software (Windows
Live Messenger) offer slideshow functions.
With the democratization of high-speed sites to create slideshows are
also enriched. Their online services are now as much or more than free
software. They offer additional advantages such as web hosting to keep
your photos safe from computer failure. We may also share in the blink
of an eye its creations with his contacts at the end of the world, or
to integrate its Website or a blog...
Small flat, some services are only partly free. The free version is
generally quite limited in features, duration of use or quality (low
resolution slide, film limited to a few seconds...). To lift all these
restrictions, you have only one solution: pay!
Conversion, a necessary
For patent reasons, the MPEG-2 codec based DVD-Video format is not
free; the free slideshow software (unlike paying marketed by specialist
publishers) must encode videos