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Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3

CNET Editors' review

Ashampoo's Slideshow Studio HD 3 can take a collection of still pictures and sound clips and turn it into a basic slideshow or a public television-style documentary with music, narration, onscreen text, and special effects. It saves projects as video clips in popular formats that will play on all your devices, plus you can share them with others or post them online. Slideshow Studio HD 3 is freeware that you can try for 40 days without registering. Registration, which is also free, enables support.

At first glance, Slideshow Studio's user interface presents a busy appearance, though it's stylish and efficient, too, with a toolbar, timeline, and quick-rotating preview pane. We started with a New Project, which involves loading images, selecting orientation, transition interval, and adding text, sound, and more. Slideshow Studio's wizard walked us through each step, starting with screen ratio (16:9 widescreen or 4:3 normal). The Add Files tool configures the sort order (alphanumeric, randomize, and so on), while a drop-down menu offers themes like Romance, Travel, Holidays, and Sports; or we could configure our own from tabs labeled "Themes," "Logos," "Subtitles," "Music Effects," and "Recordings." We set the duration and style of transition effects from a huge list of options. With a microphone, you also can record narration. When all was set, we clicked "Produce Slideshow." Our finished production played normally in our usual media player and we were happy with the results.

By far our favorite feature of Slideshow Studio HD 3, and the one that sets it above similar tools, is its Ken Burns Effect Editor, named for the documentary filmmaker who popularized the technique of bringing still images to life through subtle panning and motion. With its wonderful features and ease of use, Ashampoo's Slideshow Studio HD 3 eclipses other slideshow tools we've tried, free or not.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3. The trial version is limited to 40 days.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very easy to use and helpfull"

    June 3, 2011  |   By siccabo

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    Nothing to say

    Cons

    Everything perfect

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  • 5.0 stars

    "egyszerü áttekinthet?"

    April 20, 2011  |   By magamarti

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    látványossan szép

    Cons

    még nem tudom

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome product for the money!"

    April 6, 2011  |   By harrkev

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    This software was easy to use. Just drag a bunch of pictures, add some music (optional), and it burns a DVD with your slide show. Simple!

    Cons

    Do down sides really, if you just want a quick-n-dirty slide show.

    Summary

    This was half of the cost of competing software! If you need to make a slide show with background music, and not blow a lot of money, give this a go. You can also get a free trial for about a month.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Ha mejorado respecto a la version 1"

    November 10, 2010  |   By fabzcom

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    Es simple aùn pero obtienes buena resoluciòn

    Cons

    Debe todavía trabajar el programa para mejorar las prestaciones

    Summary

    Pruèbalo

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't support mp3 music files poor support bad choice"

    October 19, 2010  |   By airedalemd

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    easy to use, intuitive

    Cons

    no results after much work; had to buy another program. poor tech support, no help at all.

    Summary

    While it's easy to use the lack of support and inability to make a disc make this a bad choice.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "TESTED MANY, THIS IS TOPS"

    October 11, 2010  |   By dpullum

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    Great flexibility many pros: transitions, ken burns, edge color from photo, flex on screen time, ease of use, down loads and burns many modes; even blue ray. Had problem when first tested; customer service prompt & correct in problem solution. A+5/5

    Cons

    After testing all the trials from many companies, I found Studio HD-2 was the best regardless of price, but it requires your Optical (DVD) drives have up to date BIOS. That fixed that. Time to compile is long, so go do something else while it works.

    Summary

    Look no further for a better program, it would be a waste of time, believe me I wasted a lot looking at others. Price was not a consideration, but this was one of the lowest. For the future, it will burn BlueRay HD; for nowit does great using standard DVD. (Again must have up to date BIOS mine did not so I got a new drive and problem was solved. Customer service gave directions for BIOS update promptly) This is not an ad,,, it is real, yep, great.

    I liked the little things: if there is a vertical shot, most fill the edge space with black. Ashampoo examines the photo, picks a color from the photo and then fills the empty space and can add vignetting shadow. Great look.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "have trouble with graphics"

    October 7, 2010  |   By brykangaroo

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    I found ease of use

    Cons

    just the trouble I had with the graphics

    Summary

    I liked the product as I found it easy to use

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I don´t understand this camp.-"

    October 2, 2010  |   By eduardojorgeterrenivicini

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 2.0.1

    Pros

    You can make good video-clips, complete with music .

    Cons

    You can not make screensaver

    Summary

    Not experienced much, but can not build screensaver is what disappoints me

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use and the best i have ever used"

    September 27, 2010  |   By mechman64

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 1.03

    Pros

    Makes high quality photo slides and you can even add soft music to play in background when watching your slides

    Cons

    Nothing at all i give it thumbs up and out of 100 i give it 99.99% i still say it is the best slide show programe on the net today

    Summary

    So easy to use i think a child could easily use it i love the way the slides do different things when changing photos and also the ability to add your own music to the back ground i have had no trouble what soever in using this software and to ashampoo keep up the greta software as i will be purchasing more off you as i need it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Slide show is great... Easy to use and professional."

    July 23, 2010  |   By Begorra2

    Version: Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 1.03

    Pros

    Ease of use, and end product.

    Cons

    None. All findings so far are positive.

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