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  1. Advance Slideshow Techniques

    Introduction
    This guide will show you how to achieve some very elegant photo slideshow effects, with just the use of simple fading. When coupled with Ken Burns Pan & Zoom effects, you can create a visually stunning photo slideshow.

    This guide uses MemoriesOnTV. However, it may be possible to employ the techniques here using other software with equivalent features.

    Tools Required: MemoriesOnTV

    Trick 1: Text Fading

    The FADE transition effect has an important property that makes it different from the rest. If you have 2 pictures that only differ slightly, the fading between them will only be applied to the region that is different.

    This property can be exploited to do very elegant text fading, at the
    beginning or ending of a slideshow.

    The following shows 3 slides that are imported in sequence into
    MemoriesOnTV, with the default transition effect set to FADE. When it
    is played, you will see the words fading in line by line:




    Trick 2: Subject Panning

    The clever use of panning on a subject in a picture can tell a very
    vivid story. Consider the following picture with footprints on the
    sand:



    Instead of showing the entire picture as it is, we extract out the lower
    portion so that only 1 footprint is seen. The effect we want to
    achieve here is to first show the lower extracted picture, pause, and
    then pan upwards to show the remaining footprints.

    As an added effect, we can also combine the "Text Fading" trick above
    to form the following sequence:



    The panning of the footprints is controlled via the Ken Burns Pan/Zoom
    tool in MemoriesOnTV.


    Trick 3: Progressive Picture Revelation

    Instead of showing your picture all at once, you can show it piece
    by piece. The following uses the FADE effect to slowly bring the focus
    to the individual faces on the picture, until the whole picture is eventually shown:





    Trick 4: Motion Blur

    You can achieve a motion blur effect by fading 2 copies of the
    same picture, and setting the 2nd picture into motion using either
    panning or zooming (Ken Burns effect).

    The following illustrates how it is done:



    Since the FADE transition effect happens when the Zoom-In on the 2nd
    picture is starting, you will get a "motion blur" effect when the
    camera zooms into the flower.


    The above tricks, coupled with the use of ordinary Ken Burns Pan/Zoom effects, will make a very elegant slideshow. The following sample video (scaled down to reduce file size) is produced by using all the tricks mentioned above:

    DEMO VIDEO (WMV8 format) (5.55 Mbyte)

    (Requires Windows Media 8 and above to play)
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  2. kudos for your nice creation
    and thanks for sharing your technique with us
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  3. nice tricks.

    It will be good if MemoriesOnTV supports those tricks without having to use another software.

    For example, trick 1, you have to
    1. Copy original image.jpg to image-copy1.jpg and add "MemoriesOnTV"
    2. Then copy image-copy1.jpg to image-copy2.jpg to add "presents"

    Same with trick 3.

    tlian
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  4. Nice... I am going to have to give it a try....
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