Monday, August 22, 2005

Free software from Microsoft?

Yes, it's free, and it's actually cool. Photo Story 3 for Windows is elegant in that you can go with the defaults as an absolute neophyte and get a great output...yet you can also tweak and play to get a really great output.

That output is a Windows media file (.wmv) that uses motion effects on a set of digital images to create a photo display that is actually interesting to watch. (Plus you can add a soundtrack!) And it's fun.

One tip that I learned the hard way: if you're doing a photo-story of more than half a dozen images, add each photo to the project individually in the order you want the images displayed (or close to it). I added 45 images to a project at one time; they appear in the project in the same order they were listed in Explorer (alphabetically), and trying to get all those images rearranged using the thumbnails in the filmstrip was a PAIN.

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