Preparing a presentation can be a strenuous process that involves acquiring information about a certain topic and discovering the most effective ways to organize that material. The topics of slideshow presentations can vary from the highlights of your child’s birthday party to project proposals. Having a powerful software that offers all the tools you’re going to need in order to create a visually compelling presentation makes the process of creating a slideshow much more fun. So in this article, we are going to show you how to make a slideshow on a Mac or PC computer, in a couple of minutes.
Making A Slideshow on Mac and PC Computers with Filmora9
There are so many different slideshow makers on the market, but most of them offer a limited amount of options. Wondershare’s Filmora9 is primarily a video editing software, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to create attention-grabbing slideshow presentations. The most important thing is to prepare all the materials you want to include in your presentations before you start a new project in Filmora9. Let’s take a look at the steps you’ll need to take in order to create a new slideshow with Filmora9.
Step 1: Adding Photos and Videos to Filmora9
Place all the media files you would like to use in your slideshow in one folder, and then proceed to launch Filmora9 and create a new project. Once the video editor loads you should click on the Import menu that is located in the Media tab and select the Import a Media Folder option. Navigate to the folder in which materials for your slideshow are located, select it by clicking on it and hit okay to import that folder into your project.
All media files you’ve placed into the folder will become visible in the Filmora9’s media tab moments after you import them.
Step 2: Positioning the Media Files on the Timeline
Before you start placing photos, videos or audio files to the timeline you should head over to File menu and select the Preferences option. Go to the Editing tab once the Preferences window pops up on the screen and click on the Photo Placement drop-down menu.
Select the Crop to Fit setting if you want to eliminate the black bars next to photos that don’t have the same aspect ratio as your project or the Pan&Zoom option if you want to add a camera movement to the image. While still in the Editing tab you can alter the default durations of photos, transitions or effects you add to the timeline, but you can also customize the duration of all media files by dragging one of their ends in an inward or outward direction after you add them to the timeline.
Head back to the Media panel to start adding photos or videos to the timeline. Simply click on a file you’d like to place on the timeline and then drag and drop it at the desired location. Repeat this process for all images you’d like to use in your slideshow, then arrange the pictures in the exact same order in which they should appear in the slideshow and adjust their duration using one of the methods we described.
Step 3: Use Transitions to Avoid Hard Cuts Between Slides
A hard cut between two photos can disrupt the flow of your slideshow, but you can fix this issue easily by smoothly transitioning from one slide to another. The Filmora9’s Transitions tab contains hundreds of customizable transitions you can add to the timeline by dropping them at the exact same spot on the timelines where two media files meet. Applying the same transition to all cuts in your slideshow can be a bit repetitive, which is why it is better to choose which transition you’re going to apply between to clips based on how it fits the footage.
After placing a transition to the timeline you can double-click on it if you want to gain access to the Transition Setting Window where you can set the default duration for all transitions you add to a slideshow or select the preferred transition mode.
Keep in mind that you can also customize the duration of each transition you decide to use in your project directly from the timeline by dragging one of its ends left or right.
Step 4: Apply Filters and Overlays to Enhance the Colors in Your Slideshow
The Effects tab that is located next to the Transitions tab contains a wide range of visual effects that desaturate the colors in your photos or make them more vivid. The visual effects Filmora9 offers are organized in Filter and Overlays categories that have their own subcategories like Lomography, Sepia Tone or Light Leaks.
All you need to do to apply a filter or an image overlay to a photo or a video is place it to a track directly above the footage. You can see the result in the Preview Panel, and you can double-click on the effect in case you want to fine-tune its settings.
Step 5: Adding Motion Graphics Elements to Slides
This step of creating a slideshow in Filmora9 is entirely optional since on most projects you have no need to add motion graphics elements to the footage you’re piecing together. The Elements tab offers hundreds of motion graphics templates you can quickly add to the timeline. Whether or not you’re going to use Elements in a slideshow depends on a number of factors that range from the visual style of the presentation to the reason why you’re creating a slideshow.
Step 6: Recording Voiceovers and Creating Soundtracks for Slideshows
Narration can be a great way to guide your audience through a presentation, but if you are not going to give a presentation in person, Filmora9 offers an easy way to record a voiceover and add it to a slideshow. Go to the Media tab, click on the Record drop-down menu and select the Record Voiceover feature. Once the Record Audio pops up on the screen you should choose a microphone you will be using to record the narration and hit the Record button.
The recording you created will be displayed in the Media tab alongside all other photo, video or audio files you imported into the project and you can just drop it to the audio track. Filmora9 features a huge library of music and sound effects you can use for free. Simply click on the Audio tab and start browsing through Electronic, Young&Bright or Rock subcategories until you find a perfect song for the slideshow’s soundtrack.
Place all sound effects and music you’d like to add to the audio track on the timeline and proceed to adjust their duration.
Step 7: Exporting Slideshows from Filmora9
The final step in the process of creating a slideshow in Filmora9 is to export the project. Click on the Export button and wait for the Export window to appear on the screen. You can then select the output file format, set a preferred frame rate or resolution for your slideshow or export the file directly to your account on YouTube or Vimeo.
The amount of time Filmora9 is going to need to render the slideshow you created, varies from project to project since exporting large video files usually takes much longer than exporting video files smaller than 500MB.
Filmora9 offers a quick and easy way to create a slideshow to Mac and PC users, but before you start making a slideshow, you should make sure that you have all the media files you’re going to need to create a presentation that is going to impress its viewers. Was this article helpful? Leave a comment and share your experiences with us if you are using Filmora9 to make slideshows.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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