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.
With Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 4, turning your images into beautiful slideshows becomes a piece of cake. Music, various transitions, overlays and credits help render your videos special. You can also provide your own commentary via microphone or work with texts, sound effects and logos to make your slideshows more individual - no prior knowledge required. Version 4 comes with new wizards to enable users to put their ideas into reality even faster and encoding has been speed up significantly thanks to NVENC and Intel Media support. New formats such as MKV, VP9 and MP4 support resolutions up to 4K, ideal for the latest high-resolution displays. The program also features multiple presets perfect for all Apple, Android, Sony and Microsoft devices as well as built-in burning of CD / DVD and Blu-ray discs. Add to that the various new transitions and templates coupled with a majorly overhauled user interface and you have a truly total package of slideshow creation and editing.Feature highlights: