The 5D Mark II makes it easier and faster than ever to produce professional-grade quality images and videos, and several additional programs can make the job even easier. Below is a list of some programs that offer templates and many selections of library music — from fast to slow and hip to classic — to satisfy any audience's tastes. Having a sound working knowledge of your software and a stylish template with your logos or branding always speeds up your on-site slide and music show production.
► Showit Web (www.showitfast.com). For Mac and PC. This Flash-based program — along with a suite of image effects, royalty-free music, and photo borders — was created by wedding photographer David Jay. You can choose between a light or full version of Showit Web, and the site also includes instructions for using the product and testimonials of other users. The product allows you to select the images for the slideshow, order and time the images, add a music soundtrack from a library or add your own music, and then upload it to the Web.
► ProShow Gold (www.photodex.com). For PC. ProShow Gold is a complete audio-visual package for creating stunning presentations for myriad uses. With its drag-and-drop interface, you can add borders to photos, crop and edit video and audio clips, use built-in editing tools — such as red-eye removal — and more. Create spectacular effects by adding a pan, zoom, or rotate to any photo in your show. Choose from over 280 transition styles, including dissolves, fades, wipes, and shapes. ProShow Gold can output your slideshow to over 40 formats, including DVD, Blu-ray, CD, the Web, and dozens of devices, such as the iPod, iPhone, and BlackBerry. You can even upload your slideshows directly to YouTube.
► Soundslides (www.soundslides.com). For Mac and PC. Bills itself as a rapid production tool for still and audio Web presentations. Created by photojournalist Joe Weiss, the program works on the basis of creating a project, where you can add images, use a template, time each image, and include captions, transitions, and thumbnails.
► FotoMagico (www.boinx.com/fotomagico/overview). From Boinx Software for Mac users, this was developed by Peter Baumgartner, a computer engineer and passionate photographer, to make digital slideshows that you can use online and burn to DVD, provided that you're a Mac user. You can drag images into FotoMagico's storyboard to order and reorder them. You can then add transitions from the Transition menu and drag songs from your iTunes library below the image that you want to sync to in the storyboard. The product integrates iPhoto, Aperture Library, and Lightroom Galleries. Express and Pro versions are available.
► The Slideshow Company (www.theslideshowcompany.net). Produces one-of-a-kind photo slideshows for Mac and PC, including original music composition from a music library and Hollywood-type cinematics. Each DVD show includes a Web version to share with clients and prospects.
► iDVD (www.apple.com/ilife/idvd). From Apple for Macs, this suite of programs allows you to use predesigned animated themes for DVD shows that may include video with still images in 16:9 and 4:3 formats with encoding and quality choices.
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