If you wish to turn your static collection of photos into an AVI video file, complete with your favorite background music and creative transitions, Free Photo Slideshow Maker is a free and easy-to-use solution that you might want to give a try. Its wizard-like interface has been designed to help you transform your photos into a high-quality slideshow in just three steps.
You can add to the source list as many images as you wish from as many folders as required. You’re advised to add them in the order you want them to appear in the final video, as the program doesn’t offer any ordering capabilities. Here you can decide if you want the program to intersperse random transition effects across the video or let it choose one of the effects available and apply it to all transitions in the video (the possibility of choosing your favorite transition or to have no transition effects at all in between your photos is not an option).
The second step will allow you to select an audio file in any of the most common formats (MP3, WAV, FLAC, etc.) that the program will use to build the soundtrack of the resulting video. In order to fit the duration of the slideshow with that of the audio file selected, you can tweak the transitions and pictures delay times accordingly. The third and final step refers to the output location. Once you’ve given a name to your video, you’re ready to click on the “Start” button that will launch the video creation process. You’ll be shown a preview of the entire video as it’s being generated and saved in the location of your choice.
Note that during the installation process you’ll be offered a series of tools (totally unnecessary for the correct operation of the program) that will be installed alongside with Free Photo Slideshow Maker if you do not “decline” their generous and continuous offers. You will be also asked to update the program you’ve just installed with an non-existent new version, which will lead you to more not requested and deeply annoying offers.
In general, this tool produces simple yet interesting slideshows from your favorite photos in a few simple steps. If you don’t require anything more sophisticated than show your holiday pics, this is a free solution you may want to try.