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ProShow Producer

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ProShow Producer allows users to create impressive-looking slideshow presentations that blow Microsoft PowerPoint out of the water. But all this power comes at a price as its many features might easily overwhelm users.

The program's interface is attractive and sleek, but it contains a lot of options and it's not immediately obvious how a user should begin. A visit to the built-in Help file offers guidance and allows users to get started creating slides. The basics are easy, but users will need to take some time to figure out how to best exploit the many features that the program offers. And what a lot of features there are. All the standard slideshow features are here, but ProShow Producer contains many extras, such as the ability to upload your slideshow to YouTube or convert it to Flash. And even the standard features offer almost infinite tweakability, which is both a blessing and a curse; novice users will likely be confused and overwhelmed by all the options. We found the caption editing function--a pretty basic feature for any such program--to be somewhat awkward to use, which is a definite drawback for text-heavy presentations. But overall the software performed well, and the features proved to be as functional as they are numerous.

The software has a 15-day trial, which is likely not enough time for novice users to explore the full range of its possibilities. We recommend ProShow Producer for intermediate and advanced users who need to create complex multimedia presentations.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Makes great slide shows"

    January 12, 2014  |   By tjazzzzz

    Version: ProShow Producer 5.0.3310

    Pros

    Has a lot of features and is relatively easy to use once you watch a couple of tutorials.

    Cons

    Is way too expensive.

    Summary

    Found the program on a whim and used it to create a great slide show for a relative's birthday. Had no idea how much it cost until I found that I have to buy the program to watch my slideshow without the yellow strip across the screen. When I found the price, I realized that it's way more than I can pay, so all my work was pretty much wasted. Too bad... It's a very nice program otherwise.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent program for an experienced user!"

    September 3, 2013  |   By TomasGr

    Version: ProShow Producer 5.0.3310

    Pros

    It has a big variety of options for a good presentation! I made a couple of them and every time find new possibilities the program gives!

    Cons

    no I think

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome piece of software"

    January 14, 2013  |   By PoppyLv

    Version: ProShow Producer 5.0.3297

    Pros

    Recently upgraded from ProShow Gold and there's so much more control and effects in Producer. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to create a high-end photo and video slideshow.

    Cons

    Can be a bit of a learning curve at first, but you quickly learn your way around after making a few videos.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The upgrade is bound to upset a lot of users"

    February 9, 2012  |   By mixmax11

    Version: ProShow Producer 5.0.3206

    Pros

    Glitzy and complicated

    Cons

    So far, it's lost the intuitive way that things could be done and removed a lot of important features. Some areas haven't changed or been developed - captioning generally is very basic, captions can't be layered in between pictures. I've run for a number of hours on a project that would have taken moments to make.

    Summary

    I wish that I had tried out the trial to save some money - but then, even if I had, my original programme was still overwritten and therefore unusable. Moral - if you use the old version a lot - stick with it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Software"

    December 1, 2011  |   By dvirb

    Version: ProShow Producer 4.52.3053

    Pros

    Outstanding in converting images to vibrant lively (&lovely) movie!
    Cool transition effects and slides styles, can trim video, has simple chroma-key ability (blue/green-screen replacement). You have full control of every aspect of the effects (timing, motion, keyframed animations, sound volume...)

    Cons

    When working with videos and transition effects, most of the time you'll want to freeze the video start until the video is completely visible. you can't. I though the solution will be to take a snapshot of the first frame apply the transition on the snapshot image and then start the video in the next slide. this is also impossible. I would expect the ability to take snapshots from video from such a software, it's a basic feature that is available even in windows movie maker.

    Summary

    Great software, really! but if you want to make a lot of work with videos, maybe you could find a different software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Everything An EXPERIENCED Movie Maker Needs"

    September 4, 2011  |   By ThyTitanShallFall

    Version: ProShow Producer 4.52.3053

    Pros

    I See Alot of Newbie's Trying To Use This Program And This Programs Is Awesome As It Get's..Sure Not As Good As Some Adobe Program's Or Sony Vegas..Which Most People Can't Afford. So This Is A Great Alternative..And The price Agree's Too.

    Cons

    The Newbie's Need To Stick With Windows Movie Maker And Imovie(although Imovie is Really Good.) But This Programs Is NOT FOR NEWBIE's in Movie Makeing.This Program Does Not have Any Cons For Me Whatsoever.

    Summary

    I Support Underground/Underrated Hardcore/Screamo Bands By uploaded Songs/Videos That Are Not On Youtube xD. And This Program Uploads Straight To Youtube..And In HD/HQ Which Is Awesome Also xD..Also This programs Has So Awesome Features/Transitions/Effects And Many Other Things.This Programs Does Everything I Need It To Do And Much More..Easy Switching From Timeline To Storyboard. This Is Best Program For Its Price xD
    Check out My youtube Channel If you'd Like
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  • 2.0 stars

    "BEWARE! No Network Support!"

    March 20, 2011  |   By robpgreer

    Version: ProShow Producer 4.51.3003

    Pros

    Most powerful slideshow creation tool available.

    Cons

    No network support! Must keep files on local drive.

    Summary

    I have a 12TB NAS device and I can't use it with ProShow Producer. I keep all of my working files on network storage (accessed via a gigabit network and high speed NAS) and according to Photodex support, network storage of files is "Not Recommended." Translated, that means that it's not supported. This means that in order to use their software I must modify my strict storage plan in order to accommodate their failings as a program. Now I have to copy the files over to a local drive, work on them, and then copy them back (to make sure that I have room on my local drives and ensure that those files make my backup schedule). It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth for what is otherwise a nice product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worthless export options, slow, major problems on Vista"

    February 2, 2011  |   By damny2020

    Version: ProShow Producer 4.51.3003

    Pros

    Creates fun, dynamic fusion slideshows quickly.
    Interface is easy to use and customizing layouts, effects, transitions a snap.
    Good if you just want to watch on your computer no export.

    Cons

    Eats CPU. I use 64bit advanced video editing software, this slows the system down horribly by comparison.
    Doesn't work well on Vista.
    Worthless export options - huge files, skipping audio, not really flash - viewers have to install a plugin!!!!

    Summary

    I am going to dispose of this software and find something better. This is ridiculous. I am an IT professional, experienced video editor. I have every codec and advanced editing software. This piece of .. software, crashes when adding a few seconds of video in Vista. I tried the same few seconds in a multitude of formats, codecs and containers. The same videos worked on the XP box. They have got to be kidding with the export for web and video files. For flash - it exports as a .px file and requires viewers to install a plugin - are you joking?!?!?! So it's not really flash, just uses a SWF up front. Who's bright idea was this when flash works perfectly well and is ubiquitous. The export put my system to a crawl and I could hardly do anything else. The AVI files looked terrible without desaturate and worse with it enabled. The audio skipped in some formats. A 7 minute slide show with a total of 30 seconds video exported as over 11GB. WHAT? After spending hours without success getting it to work with videos on Vista, and hours trying to export something sensible on XP, I'm getting rid of this .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Robust Multimedia Software"

    April 18, 2010  |   By nelsenweb

    Version: ProShow Producer 4.1.2737

    Pros

    Version 4 is by far the best yet. I build video presentations for clients and the software has exceeded my expectations.

    Cons

    It's not free. There is an optional annual upgrade cost that I feel is worth the $85 so its not really a con.

    Summary

    If you want to do multimedia slide shows with video, stills, audio, voice over, key framing abilities and a lot more than I can put into this space, then Producer is the software to buy.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work in a Vista machine"

    March 10, 2010  |   By clairbearSki

    Version: ProShow Producer 4.1.2737

    Pros

    Past versions at least worked

    Cons

    the program options don't work.it won't accept the registration, updates and tech support only make it worse

    Summary

    I have been afan of prowshow for at least 7 year and unfortunately the seem to have forgotten how to produce a functioning piece of software. I would love to be able to get version 3 back on my pc version 4 is a waste of time and money

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