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Free Photo Slideshow Maker can help you turn photo collections into videos. If there is just one word to describe this tool, it is simplicity. In fact, the whole process can be done in three basic steps that consist of importing images, adding an audio background and picking an output location. Fortunately, the program has a wizard-like interface that corresponds to the steps described.
In order to create a slideshow, you should begin by adding the photographs, and, luckily, many formats are supported. After this, you can arrange the pictures in the desired order, or even delete those that you consider unnecessary. It is also quite convenient that you can preview the imported images at this stage. The second step consists only of picking your favorite music background. Finally, you can proceed to create the video slideshow. At this point, although it is not strictly necessary to change the default output parameters, you can set the time each photograph is shown as well as how long the transition effects take. Likewise, you can make some decisions regarding video quality and size, such as frame rate, bitrate, and frame size. Once you think you are ready, you can push the Start button and voila! It is also good that you can have a preview of the film while it is being rendered.
I regret saying that Free Photo Slideshow Maker is not the program for you if you like to control exactly what the results will look like. First, it does not allow choosing the desired transitions. In this regard, all you can do is to set the program to use random effects, but you never get to know what those effects are. In fact, I was quite disappointed with them. Second, the only supported output format is AVI, and there are no ready-made profiles for specific devices, let alone the possibility of uploading the resulting clips to the Cloud. Finally, the developer’s site mentions other features that I could not find in the product, such as the text-to-speech conversion and support of formats other than AVI. Luckily, as the program is free, there is nothing to lose if you download the program and see it for yourself.
- Simpler to use than other similar tools
- Supports multiple picture and audio formats
- Exports to AVI only
- Cannot import video
- Cannot upload to the Cloud
- No ready-made profiles
- Disappointing effects