There are better options for slideshows than Ezvid

Steer clear of this highly restrictive slideshow tool.

The popularity of digital photography has led to an explosion of software that lets users create custom slideshows, complete with music and effects. With so much competition, there's no reason to settle for a slideshow program that's light on features or long on limitations. Unfortunately, Ezvid is both of those. Don't be fooled by the program's slick interface; it looks good, but when it comes to making slideshows, it doesn't pass muster.

The program's layout isn't the most intuitive thing we've ever seen, but mouseover tooltips revealed each button's function, and it's not too difficult to add images or video. You can extend the length of time that an image is displayed simply by dragging it to stretch it out in timeline, but there's not much else that can be done to customize the slideshow; there are no transition effects or other ways to jazz up your presentations. We tried to add text to our slideshow, but this caused the program to crash. Perhaps the most troubling thing about Ezvid is that you can't add your own audio; the program comes with approximately 40 audio tracks of its own, and you have to use one of them, even if you don't want any audio at all. The reason for this becomes clear when you attempt to upload your slideshow to YouTube (which is the only way of saving or sharing it); before the slideshow is uploaded, you must agree to a disclaimer stating that the audio may be claimed on YouTube by NATOArts, which will render the video ineligible for revenue sharing and add advertising to your video. Overall, Ezvid seems like it's primarily meant to be a tool to earn income for the people who created its music files. Unless you're happy having so little control over your creative output, we recommend you steer clear of Ezvid.

Ezvid installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

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