Features and Performance
This product stands out from its competitors because of the sheer number of options you have when creating a photo slideshow. On first use, this can be a little overwhelming, but you soon get used to where everything is, and what you are likely to want to use.
Almost all photo and video types are supported, and you can create slideshows in 4:3, 3:2, or (16:9 widescreen) format depending on what you want to view the end product on. If you add a video or picture, and wished that you had edited it first in Photoshop Elements or Corel Paint Shop, then you need not worry as Xtreme Photostory lets you adjust exposure, color, brightness, focus, and a whole lot more. Many of these adjustments can even be applied to your videos too!
If you would like the program to do most of the work for you, there are 10 built in automatic movieshow themes you can choose from. Just click the one you want and it will build a slideshow for you. There are also over 50 decorative elements and animations you can choose to add to your project that include speech bubbles, cartoons, and animated objects. This program even lets you create panoramas from your photos, while the 60+ transition effects mean that no two photo slideshows need ever look the same. The built-in Soundtrack Manager lets you create a soundtrack of your own in a variety of styles that you can perfectly sync to your slideshow, or you can use audio from your own digital music collection.
When your project is finished, you have the option of creating a DVD photo slideshow. Magix includes 40 customizable interactive DVD menus that you can use to introduce or navigate through your slideshow. The burn wizard quickly and efficiently takes you through all the options you have for creating a disc to share, but there is also the option to upload directly to YouTube or the Magix Online Community. If you would like to see the short slideshow I created while reviewing this product, then click here to view it.