Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wedding Slide Show

One thing that is not uncommon is to have some kind of slide show before your wedding or during your reception. Typically it will be pictures of you and your spouse throughout the years. Its fun to see where you were and what took place to get you to where you are now.

This is a chance for you to show your artistic side even if you don't have an artistic side. While most people's slide show looks like a power point presentation, you can have a professional movie quality slide show with little to no effort. There is a great website called animoto which takes your pictures and puts them in a slide show with really cool transitions. We downloaded a hi res DVD iso so that we could take it anywhere. Here is the low res version to get an idea of what to expect. (you'll want to turn off the sound... we just chose that song because it was the longest)

All you have to do to get something similar is upload photos, pick a song, then click remix. It will auto sort your photos in a way that has the best transitions. It uses some kind of software for that. The final product looks really great and the cost is really low. The only downside is you can only play one song. If that song is short, you may not be able to play all of your pictures. If you know how to splice mp3s together, you could do that and upload that to animoto. That should work.

My mom has some software that came with her mac for editing dvd videos. She removed the sound and the animoto logo at the end of the slide so it looked like we did it. If you don't have a mac, you can still do it. Do a quick Google search and you'll find any kind of free software you can imagine. I don't have any suggestions for you since its been about ten years since I've had any need to edit video. I can only imagine that the software out now would be much better then what I was using back then.

Remember, home software is free if you know where to look. Don't ever pay extra for a computer because it has certain software on it. That's just a way for them to get more money out of you.

Disclaimer: Obviously you don't want to download anything illegal and with all the shareware and freeware that is out these days, you should never have to.

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