My Mac is loaded up with about 20,000 or so photos, mostly stuffed into iPhoto for storage, but thousands of the better photos also in Aperture. I’m just getting into using Adobe’s Lightroom. My plan was to end the year with a review of my favorite Mac photo slideshow maker but time has a way of slipping by, tripping over plans along the way.
So, belated, but not forgotten is a look at what I consider the Mac’s best photo slideshow maker, FotoMagico. What? Not iPhoto? Let me explain.
Making a photo slideshow and turning it into a video is child’s play on the Mac. iPhoto does it with a few clicks. Drop photos into an album. Select Export > Slideshow. Adjust the movie size. Click the Export button. Voila! A photo slideshow as a movie.
What if you want a photo slideshow with individually controlled transitions between photos, or with a specific music or audio soundtrack, or a slideshow with floating text over the photos, or even with movie clips embedded in the slideshow?
No can do in iPhoto, but that’s actually child’s play in FotoMagico. Think of a mashup of iPhoto and iMovie.
Grab photos from an album in iPhoto or Aperture and drop onto FotoMagico’s timeline. Each photo can have it’s own floating text, it’s own transitions between photos, and even an individually controlled Ken Burns effect.
FotoMagico’s elegant controls produce broadcast quality HD results with smooth transitions, pixel movement text and text movement, and well timed audio.
Speaking of audio, FotoMagico makes adding a soundtrack to the slideshow product an absolute breeze.
Not only can you mark specific spots in the audio waveform with markers, you can add narration over the sound.
Timeline controls make it easy to create a robust mixture of photos, sounds, effects, transitions, and onscreen text which rivals high end production systems for movies and television– all from the safe confines of your Mac’s screen.
Photos can be scaled, rotated, zoomed or panned, or moved anywhere on the chosen screen resolution, and transitions adjust accordingly. A finished slideshow can be shared via DVD or Toast, exported in a variety of QuickTime video formats, perfect for iPhone and iPad, or displayed in high resolution on HD TVs or projectors.
Because FotoMagico is a professional level tool it needs the right hardware. I’ve had issues with it on an aging MacBook with 4GB of RAM, but zero problems on my quad-core iMac with 16GB RAM and an SSD, so your mileage may vary. Regardless, you can download FotoMagico and use a limited trial license to take it for a test drive. Unfortunately, the test drive is a mere five days. FotoMagico is a pro-level app with plenty of features and five days just isn’t enough to become comfortable with all it can.