How to do your photo essay

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Transcript How to do your photo essay

Using software that is very simple to use and easy to access.
Software to make project
Background music (optional)
Method to record your voice and insert it into your
Photo Story 3 for Windows
Freeware available on Windows only.
Available on the machines in lab 22.
Downloading WPS
Available for free on the
Microsoft website. The only
hoop you have to jump through
is making sure that your copy
of Windows passes the
Windows Genuine Advantage
test. Virtually all PCs on the
market have a genuine copy of
Windows on them that pass this
test. The only way this may not
be the case is if your copy of
Windows was pirated or in
some other way not activated
or registered with Microsoft.
Using WPS
When you start
using the
program, make
sure “Begin a
new story” is
selected, and
click “Next.”
Using WPS
Import your
pictures using the
Using WPS
Select the
pictures you want
to use, and then
hit OK.
Determine where the pictures you
want to use are. If you find them on
the internet, save them to your H:
Select the pictures you’re going to use. To select multiple
pictures at one time, hold control (Ctrl) while clicking on them.
Using WPS
After your
pictures are
imported, they
will appear in the
timeline on the
bottom of the
window. You may
now add text to
your pictures.
and text
You may also add preset effects to your pictures.
Using WPS
Next up, you record
the narration that
goes over each
photo in the slide.
You must have a
microphone of some
kind that can connect
to the computer in
order to record
You can customize how your slides transition between each other
Using WPS
The next step
features the addition
of background
music. Select an mp3
or other Windows
audio file to have it
play in the
Using WPS
Almost done! You
can choose to save
your story on your
computer or e-mail
it. (Other, more
antiquated options
are available). It
saves as a .wmv
video file for
Using WPS
Your photo story is
done! This dialog
tells you where the
file is found, what it’s
called and how big
it is. You can then
view your story or
start a new one.
Viewing your WPS product
And there it is! Your
photo story is ready
to view and present!
Link Animoto
Available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android
Lite version available for free (30 second limit), Plus package
available for $5 per month (10 minute limit), on iTunes App
Store, Google Play and online.
Link Sony Vegas Pro
Available for Windows only. $600 from Sony.
Version available on most machines in lab 22.
This software is slightly more complicated than it’s more user-friendly
Getting Started
When you first open
Sony Vegas Movie
Studio (the version
we have in lab 22),
you will see a screen
like this, with tracks,
a preview window
and an explorer
Adding photos
In the explorer
window, find the
drive and folder
where your photos
are located. To
place them in your
presentation, drag
them onto the video
track below.
You may add
transitions in
between your
photos such as
fades or blinds.
You may add
transitions in
between your
photos such as
fades or blinds.
Adding text
To add text, head over
to the media generators
tab and click on “titles
& text” and drag the
one you want to use
onto the track above
your photos. If your
photos are on the
highest track, put the
text on the track below
your photos and drag
the track higher.
Editing text
When you add a
text layer, a dialog
like this will pop up.
You can type your
text and adjust font
size, type, color
and bold/italics
from this window.
Finishing up
Once you have
finished your
photo essay and
you want to turn it
into a video, click
“Make Movie” in
the upper toolbar.
This dialog will
appear after you
click “Make
Movie.” Click
“Save it to my
hard drive.”
After that, this window
will pop up, a list of
many different video
formats will appear, go
down and select
something from the
WMV family. And then
select the location
where you will save it.
Now that
everything is how
you want it, click
render so Vegas
can make the
video for you.
Once you click “render”,
you will see a progress
bar and three options
as your video renders in
the background. Render
time differs along with
the length of your video
and the resolution you
are rendering at.
Viewing your Sony Vegas product
Once rendering is
done, the video
will be playable
in Windows
Media Player and
VLC Media
Link Windows Movie Maker
Available for Windows only. Free program,
available for download, pretty straight forward.
Must have Windows 7 or 8.
Link Prezi
Available online. Free program, pretty straight
forward, most here have used it before (if you
had Schwarz).
Link iMovie
Available for Mac only. Comes with the iLife software
package. Free with all Mac computers running OS X
10.6 or higher. Also available for download.
Tutorials for help
If you want to try any of these programs, but are still confused about some, then a
slew of tutorials for these programs exist on the internet. (Sony Vegas) (Animoto) (Prezi) (Photo Story) (iMovie) (Windows Movie Maker) (PowerPoint)