I've been using ProShow Gold to produce slideshow/video files. I really like the program but it seems to have a nasty habit of unexpectedly shutting down. I've been investigating but can't seem to find/fix the cause. Now the Photodex web site seems to be down. (out of business?)
My input to projects:
-Videos (AVI, MOV, MPG)
-Audio files (MP3)
-photo/video manipulation (zooms, pans, etc)
-prefer audio transitions (fades. etc) ... bit ProShow can't do this
-1080p video file
I've seen recommendations for:
-MemoriesonTV but many people report problems using the program
-TMPGEnc Authoring Works but can's find much feedback
Is TMPGEnc Authoring Works the best or are there better alternatives?
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they do not seem to be out of business....website works'Do I look absolutely divine and regal, and yet at the same time very pretty and rather accessible?' - Queenie
I've spent some time evaluating a few alternatives. Recognizing that this is only one person's opinion based on individual needs, here is my feedback:
-Very similar to ProShow Gold
-It also shut down unexpectedly just like ProShow Gold
-Don't see any advantage is switching
-Very professional program with a wealth of features
-Very steep learning curve
-A lot more complex that my needs
TMPGenc Video Mastering Works:
-Pretty good program with a lot of features but less complicated than Vegas
-Reasonably steep learning curve
-Awkward to place 4:3 photo in a 16:9 project and match photo to right aspect ratio
-Very flexible transitions but takes a lot of fussing to get them right
-Don't like any program that always requires internet access to verify legitimacy
Corel Video Studio:
-not a bad program but more complex than ProShow Gold
-more oriented toward video production than slideshow production
-difficult to coordinate titles with individual slides (eg. fade in/out with slide)
I'm going to stick with ProShow Gold and continue to find out why it unexpectedly shuts down. My needs are fairly simple and this program does what I want with a minimum of complexity.
However, thank-you to everyone who took the time to make suggestions.
Last edited by cottage; 12th Feb 2016 at 15:25.
Well, crossing my fingers didn't work.
After working on another project for some time, ProShow Gold started to crash again. This only seems to happen after some time working on a project. It's almost like the program ultimately runs out of computer resources then crashes.
I have checked the http://www.proshowenthusiasts.com/ web site. That's where I found the suggestion to turn off GPU acceleration. I can't seem to find any other potential solution other than reinstalling ProShow. I also did that but it didn't help.
It's a shame because ProShow is the easiest program that I have found to produce a combination slideshow/video.
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