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Memories are Made of These

Using iPhoto to build a memorable slideshow By Stephen Schleicher

My sister got married a couple of weeks ago, and during the rehearsal dinner the families played a nice slideshow of the soon to be married couple.  It was a trip down memory lane filled with pictures of the two when they were younger, dating, engagement, and so on.  But then I discovered the entire production was built in PowerPoint.

iPhoto 6, part of the iLife package from Apple, not only allows you to organize and manipulate your digital photo library, but it also allows you to create a dynamic slideshow presentation that will make watching the family vacation (or wedding event) an exciting event.  This tutorial will show you how to build the slideshow, add transitions, and even burn the entire project to DVD.

Step 1:  Launch iPhoto, and navigate to the folder that contains the images you wish to use.  At the bottom of the interface, click on the Create a Slideshow button.

In this new set up, all of your images are placed along the top of the screen in the order they were loaded into iPhoto.  This will be numerically or alphabetically depending on how your camera captured the images.

Step 2:  Arrange the photos in the order you want them to appear.  If you dont want to use a particular image, simply delete it.  It will still be available in your Library, but not the slideshow.

One of the new features in iPhoto 6 is the introduction of the ?Ken Burns Effect.  This effect is named after Ken Burns, who is famous for his slow pans, tilts, and zooms into still photographs for his documentaries.  There are two ways you can apply the Ken Burns Effect to your slideshow; automatically with iPhoto, or by making the adjustments yourself.

I would suggest you turn off the automatic Ken Burns Effect, and set motion yourself.  iPhoto is pretty smart, but it doesnt know a thing about composition and framing.  With automatic turned on, youll usually end up with cut off faces, bad framing, and odd timing.

Step 3:  Click the Settings button, and in the pop up menu, turn off Automatic Ken Burns Effect.  While we are here, we might as well set a few more options for this particular slideshow.  Change the Transition to Dissolve (or whatever transition you prefer), turn on Fit Slideshow to Music, and set the Slideshow Format to 4:3 iDVD, TV.

Click OK.

Step 4:  To create your own Ken Burns effect, navigate to one of the slides, and turn on the Ken Burns Effect along the bottom menu.

Immediately below that switch is a Start/End flip flop switch.  This is where you will set keyframes.  A keyframe is a key position in time that tells the computer where the image should be placed or scaled.

Lets see how a typical move might be set up.

Step 5:  Scale the image by dragging the zoom slider left or right.  You can reposition the image by clicking and dragging in image view.


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