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The slideshow editor allows both images and movies to be added. The transitions and motion work just as well on movies as they do on still images, which is great. Imagine a movie transitioning in with some effect, and then sliding across, scaling, and rotating, all while the original movie is actually playing. Transitions and motion can be added for each slide or randomly assigned for the entire movie.
Background music can be added for the whole slideshow and the movie can be synchronized to the length of the music. In addition, voiceovers and individual sounds can be added to each slide.
Each slide can be edited to have multiple layers, with each layer being another image or movie. Motion can be assigned to each layer separately, meaning you can have one image appearing from the left and passing another appearing from the right. Images can be cropped, scaled, and rotated as well as treated with the usual effects such as brightness and red-eye removal.
Output comes in many formats:
- Video file
- Web page
- Flash video
- AutoRun CD
Each of these option has plenty of configuration possibilities for size and bandwidth settings. If the output is to disc, ProShow burns it for you.
I would like to see a potential security warning for the web shows (which require an ActiveX control) and the email/.exe options (since many spam filters will reject .exes). Most people will use other options to get around these, but it's not obvious to people who are not computer-savvy why these options are not always the best.