Using ClipShows (part 2): Jumpstarting your slideshow creation

19th September | Tutorial

In part 1 of this tutorial, we looked at the basics of using ClipShows to build up a slideshow. To recap, we have created a slideshow from 2 ClipShow-generated segments: the first being a 5-slide sequence presented as a filmstrip, and the second, a 4-slide sequence of pictures floating across a screen being held up by 2 hands. In this part, we will look at some advanced usages and customization to see how we can tweak and add on to the slideshow segments that the ClipShows have helped us create.

First, let’s switch to the Timeline View (customization is easier done in the Timeline View than Thumbnail View). We can see clearly the timing for each slide as well as the transition effects between each.

MemoriesOnTV Timeline View

Let’s see now, we have a slideshow that starts with a running filmstrip segment … how about adding a camera flash and clicking sound as a prelude into that segment? Let’s do that! Click on “5_FilmStrip1.mpg” to select it. This marks the insertion point for the next ClipShow that we want to use. As before, click on the “Create slides from ClipShow” button and locate the ClipShow folder. Select “1_Camera” for the camera flash and clicking sound. The ClipShow Editor opens up the selected ClipShow. Click the preview button to check that this is what we wanted.

Camera Click ClipShow

This is indeed what we are looking for, except for the stock picture of the little boy. We don’t have to worry about him for now, since what we are really interested in is the “flash and click” right at the beginning. Click “Finish” (after we have check that the output location is where we want it to be in the “Folder” tab). This is what we will see:

ClipShow result

Now, what are those 2 text slides right at the start? Well these “text slides” (they are, in fact, just empty slides) actually simulates the camera flash: the first is an empty slide with a black background, and the second an empty slide with a white background. Stringing these 2 together in quick succession (the delay for each is only 0.20 sec, with a 0.0 sec transition between them), together with the audio clip (the camera “click”) attached to the 1st slide, we get a simulated camera flash and click. To see what the whole sequence looks like, select the 1st text slide to move the playhead to the start and click the preview button.

The “1_Camera” ClipShow has inserted 3 separate slides into our album, with the last one being the stock picture of the little boy (i.e. the slide that shows after the camera “flash and click”). We wanted our own filmstrip segment to be there instead. So we just simply delete that stock picture slide (click on it to select, and press the “delete” button. So there we have it, a camera “flash and click” followed by our filmstrip segment. Preview to verify that it is correct.

MemoriesOnTV Timeline View

So here we have it, an interesting beginning for our slideshow. Add more pictures/video clips and background audio as desired to complete our slideshow. We have also added audio clips and text captions onto the ClipShow-created segments (in the screenshot above).

We’d like to hear feedbacks regarding the ClipShows. It’s an evolving product, and we will be improving upon it constantly to make it even easier and quicker to create interesting slideshows.

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