Learn how to create artistic photo slideshows in iPhoto that can then be exported as video files. You can then email these video files, create a DVD or upload to a video sharing site.
Gary Rosenzweig: Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now, in today’s episode let’s learn how to create video slide-shows in iPhoto. So recently I have run into a lot of people that have been trying to use iMovie and other programs to create video slide-shows. These are just slideshows that you can save-as to videos so you can make DvD’s or send them to friends. Well you can use Iphoto to do this and a lot people don’t know it, so let’s take a look. So you can create a slide show in iphoto by selecting photos and clicking the slide-show button, but that’s not what we want to do here. We want to create something that’s going to appear on our list on the left, and we can export it. So we want to select some photos, and we want to click the plus button at the bottom here, we do that and we want to select “Slide-show”, and we want to make sure it says, “Use selected items in slide show.” Hit create, and the slide show will be created and will appear here on your left; at the top you’ll see all the images in your slide-show, and you’ll be able to rename your slide-show if you like over here. Now we can change the settings in our slide show. Click the settings button here at the bottom, and you get this little control here, you can change the number of seconds for each slide show, you can change the length of the slide-show to fit the music, you can change the type of transition – and there are a lot of different options if you want to use transitions. You can go ahead and change the caption, all sorts of different things here. Even the aspect ratio of the final slide show, so let’s go and create one for standard television, 4:3. You can also change the settings for each individual photo. So this photo here that’s selected, we can change it to use a special effect or something else. You can also change the transition, and even set a Ken Burns effect for this particular photo. Down below here we can change the music and select music from Garage Band or from our collection. Now if you like you can choose a theme, which will create a variety of special effects throughout. So, for instance, you can choose a scrapbook theme here, and then you’re going to get a very interesting looking slide-show. And now you can also change the order of the photos here at the top, you can change all of these different settings keep going back to it. Even if you leave the slide-show, and go back to your photos you can always return to the slide-show here, to continue to edit and work with it, to get it just like you want. Previews here allow you to preview full-screen, or inside of this window. Now the great thing about these slide-shows is you can export them as video. So you can go into the export area by clicking this button and you can choose to send-to iTunes or you can choose a variety of different sizes of video to send out. You see you can even do a very large size right here which is perfect for importing into, say, another program like iMovie, and you won’t lose any resolution. Or if you know you’re going to be exporting for a certain size you can choose that one. You can also choose custom export, which will allow you to choose from a larger variety of things, like say, for your Apple-TV, or you could just use just plain quick-time movie and then set each of the settings for video and audio individually so you can create the type of movie that you want. One reason you may want to bring the resulted video into iMovie is so you can add subtitles to each of the images in iMovie very easily, you could also add narration to your entire slide-show in iMovie and then export that again. Whether you take it directly from iPhoto or bring it to Imovie first you can still upload to sites like YouTube, or mobile me, or even create a compact version to e-mail to friends. So while you certainly can use iMovie, or even Keynote to create slideshows, a lot of people overlook this basic functionality in iPhoto, so check it out! Until next time, this is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now.