Using ClipShows (part 1): Jumpstarting your slideshow creation

12th September | Tutorial

ClipShows are a great way to create an interesting slideshow. You can use them as a quick jumpstart to lay the groundwork for your slideshow, upon which you can tweak and build up an elaborate presentation. In the part 1 of this tutorial, we show the basics of using ClipShows. We will be creating a short slideshow from scratch with the help of ClipShows.

First, start up MemoriesOnTV 3.1, and click on the “Create slides from ClipShow” button. Navigate to the folder containing ClipShows (these comes in .ctv files) or click on the “Library” button and select an installed ClipShow package.

ClipShow create

Now, a word on how ClipShows are named: the number at the beginning of the name indicates the maximum number of pictures to be replaced. So the ClipShow “5_FilmStrip” has 5 “slots” in which we can replace with our own pictures. Some ClipShows are appended with the name “_Wide”. These indicate that the ClipShows are meant to be used for wideScreen slideshows.

Let’s arrange some pictures in a filmstrip. Select the ClipShow labelled “5_FilmStrip” and click “Open” to bring up the ClipShow Editor. We can get a preview of the slide sequence which the ClipShow will generate using the “>” button. In the lower half of the editor, within the the tabbed panel labelled “Pictures”, are the stock pictures which we will replace with our own. We do this by selecting a picture, and click the “Replace” button. Should we change our mind after replacing, we can always click “Un-Replace” to revert back to the original stock picture.

ClipShow Editor

Notice that for this ClipShow, there are 6 pictures in the “Pictures” tab panel instead of the 5 as indicated in the “5_FilmStrip” naming. The last picture is actually that of the filmstrip itself, which is used for creating the moving filmstrip border, and hence shouldn’t be replaced (thus giving a maximum of 5 replaceable pictures for this ClipShow).

Once we are done adding our own pictures, we can proceed to let the ClipShow generate the slideshow segment. Click on the “Folder” tab to verify the output file location. We can change the default folder using the “…” button. For this segment, we create a new folder called “ClipShow Tutorial” in which we will save all our files. Click “Finish”, and the ClipShow Editor will start generating the necessary files. When it is done, we will see our slides in the main MemoriesOnTV window. In our case, the “5_FilmStrip” ClipShow has generated a multi-picture slide for us. Other ClipShows may generate more items (such as text slides and audio clips), depending on what the segments require.

ClipShow Generate

Before proceeding, let’s do a “File->Save” to save the slideshow project. Next let’s add another slideshow segment from a ClipShow. This time, select the “4_Hands” ClipShow. This generates a segment showing a hand holding a flowing sequence of pictures. We replace the stock pictures with our own as previously described. When we are done, we will get another multi-picture slide in MemoriesOnTV.

ClipShow Inserts

This way, we build up our slideshow one segment at a time using ClipShows. ClipShows save us alot of effort by setting up all the multi-picture pan/zoom parameters as well as providing the graphic files needed for the elaborate slideshow segments. Save the project file for now. We will continue to use that in part 2 of the tutorial, where we will explore more advanced usages of ClipShows.

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