The following is a list of software and instructional videos that members could use to make slideshows. This list is by no means exhaustive. Note: You should always have updated virus protection before installing any software.
If you’re going to publish your slideshows online on where they’re publicly accessible you have to use royalty free or copyright free music, otherwise you may be liable for copyright violation.
Catherine Easton has been doing our camera club slideshows and since COVID they’ve been posted to the club’s YouTube channel. When asked where she was finding the music, she said:
I did a google search on the subject of Royalty Free and Copyright Free music — and lots of sites come up. These are two that I’ve explored and downloaded some tracks:
Mixkit – which, in addition to free music, provides stock video clips, sound effects, and video templates
Bensound – which provides hundreds of royalty free songs in categories including acoustic, folk, cinematic, corporate, pop, electronica, urban, groove, jazz. rock, and world.
You have to be prepared to spend an hour or two researching the various pieces of music — there is a reason why some of it hasn’t made the “top 100 list”. However, I’ve managed to get a collection of a dozen or so pieces that should keep me going for the 2020/2021 season of slide shows.
This is the first of three videos that show how easy it is to make a slideshow using the Photos program that is built into Windows 10. In this video we’ll find and run the Photos program, add images, preview our creation, and save our slideshow as a video.
We’re starting a series of posts on how to make your own slideshows in hopes than more club members will be inspired to submit slideshows to share at our meetings like the one Debbie and Catherine shared at our December meeting.
The guidelines are here and there’s a (slightly out of date) post here.
We’ll be providing information on how to find royalty free music, on making slideshows with Windows, and with Apple devices.
At the February 5th meeting, Catherine Easton showed 2 slideshows she had made. The first was done using the PicturesToExe program (Essentials: $69, Deluxe: $129) and the second using Microsoft’s free program Windows Movie Maker. Note that this was the first slideshow Catherine created with Movie Maker.
Well done Catherine and thank you for sharing.
If you have a short (3 minute or less) slideshow you’d like to share at a future meeting, please let us know by emailing us here.