PhotoStage from NCH Software creates and saves video slideshows using your pictures, video clips, and tunes. It can save your slideshows to your PC, burn them on a DVD, send them to a mobile device, or upload them to a Web site. With drag-and-drop capability, video conversion, and download-on-demand features, it proved a capable tool for creating multimedia slideshows.
PhotoStage has an efficient layout that takes a step-by-step approach to creating slideshows. We began with Step 1, adding photos, music, and video clips to the Media List, which also let us insert blank spaces. Step 2 involved selecting effects from a tabbed menu, including Crop and Rotate, Pan and Zoom, Text Titles, and some basic video effects. Step 3, Record Narration, let us narrate our presentation and save it as an audio file. It automatically identified our audio inputs, including microphones (which you'll need to record your voice). Before we clicked on Step 4, Save Slideshow, we needed to create one, which we did quickly by dragging photos from our Media List to the clips track below. PhotoStage automatically configured each clip for our overall display time and each transition for our selected duration and effects, including a fade. Dragging sound clips to the audio track below the clips track added them to the production; likewise we could intersperse video clips easily by dragging frames from the saved conversions into our slideshow. We watched our production in the preview window, and, satisfied, saved it to a directory of our choice. It played normally in Windows Media Player when we clicked in it. PhotoStage's Save File wizard also gave us the option to burn our slideshow directly to a DVD, send it to a mobile device, or save it as an image slideshow.
At every step, PhotoStage was easy to use and practically self-explanatory, yet yielded top-quality results, quickly creating a desktop slideshow that we could share with friends and relatives. It also integrates with NCH's other video and media tools via the NCH Toolbox on the toolbar, should you choose to use it. If you're looking for a better slideshow experience, give PhotoStage a try.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of PhotoStage Video Slideshow Software 2.03. The trial version is limited to 14 days.