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How to create a Photo Slideshow in trakAxPC 4 video editing software.

August 15, 2019


Creating a Photo slideshow in trakAxPC is
a simply process Using our new Photo Slideshow tool.
You can access the Photo Slideshow feature in two ways.
Firstly, in the Media Browser Find a folder with photos you would like to
use Right click on it & select “Create Slideshow”
The Slideshow window will appear Displaying all the images in that folder.
This window can be resized to suit your needs. Another way to access the “Photo Slideshow”
tool Is through the Media Manager window.
When a Media Manager window is open And a folder you are working in contains photos,
The “Create Slideshow” icon will become active. Once you click on this icon,
All the photos in this folder will be placed into a slideshow window
Ready to be used. To learn more about the Media Manager window,
Please view the “Media Browser New Features” video.
So now I will go back and open up a new Photo slideshow window
And demonstrate some of the new features available. When you open up a new Slideshow with images,
The application will proceed with a quick parsing operation
In order for all the thumbnails to be processed in an efficient manner.
You can see the progress of this parsing in the top right corner of the window.
Beside this, we can see the number of photos that are contained in this slideshow.
The “Thumbnail Slider” allows you to adjust the size of the images
So you can view files quickly and easily. To preview the Slideshow in its current state,
Simply press the “Play” button. You will see the Slideshow playing in the
Video Output Screen. I can use the “Seek” bar to quickly move to
any point within the Slideshow. You can also start the preview at any image
of your choice. When previewing, the image which is currently
playing in the Video Output Screen Will be highlighted with an orange square.
While my slideshow is still previewing, I would like to draw your attention to the
Segment Length and Crossfade Length Sliders. The “Segment Length” slider will determine
the length of each image within the slideshow. As I move the Slider left,
I am decreasing the time the photo will play for.
And as I move the slider right, the time will increase.
The box beside the slider, indicates the length of time the image will
play for in seconds. You are able to input a time of your choice
up to ten seconds. The “Crossfade Length” slider determines the
amount of crossfade between each image. As I move the slider to the left, I am decreasing
the amount of crossfade Until I reach zero which means there is no
crossfade at all. If I move to the right, I am increasing the
crossfade between each image. Again you can input your own time.
The “Time Clock” beside the Sliders Indicates the overall length of your slideshow
mix. You will notice as I adjust the Segment Length
and Crossfade sliders, The time will either increase or decrease
depending on the slider positions. This is a nice feature if you are looking
to create a slideshow of a certain length, Prehaps to match a length of an audio file
you want to mix with it. Before I demonstrate how to organise my slideshow
and add effects and transitions to it, I will send this slideshow to the Mixing Window
to show you how it looks. Click on the “Send to Mix” button and select
” New Mix”. AS you can see, all the images have been placed
in the Mixing Window With the time and crossfades I have set with
my Sliders. I will now go back to the Media Browser window
And open up a new Slideshow window. If I would like to re-arrange the order the
photos are currently placed in, I can simply select any image
And move it with my mouse to the position of my choice.
You can also move multiple photos Using the “Control” and “Shift” buttons on
your keyboard. Multiple photos will be highlighted in blue.
You can also add more photos to the slideshow By dragging images from the Media Browser
or Media Manger Window. Do not worry, these images will not be removed
from their original folders. You can also drag a whole folder of new images
into the slideshow you are worrking on. Also, sometimes files will not be in their
correct orientation. That is, a portrait photo may be in Landscape
or vice-versa. You can easily rotate this image so that it
will always be in the correct orietation By either double-clicking on the image with
right mouse button to access it quickly Or right clicking on it and selecting “Properties”.
In the “Orientation” section, select the correct orientation.
If there are more photos in the slideshow, You can use the “next” and “previous” buttons
So you do not have to continously open the properties window.
Now I will move on and show you how to add effects and transitions to your Slideshow.
In the “Photo Effects” section, You are able to add effects to all the photos
within the Slideshow. To add an effect to the Slideshow,
Simply right click on an empty box and select an effect from the drop menu.
Here I will select “Tinge”. If I press Play, I can preview the effect.
I can also alter the parameters of an effect, By clicking on the “Effect Parameters” icon
in the effects box. The Parameters Window for this effect will
open. Depending on the effect,
I can choose different options and adjust the level of the effect.
I would like to draw your attention to the “effects envelope”.
By inserting effects nodes, You can adjust and control the level of the
effect within the mix. To insert a node, double click on the envelope.
Click and hold on the node to move and adjust the envelope.
You may wish to have two or more nodes at the same level,
Again hold down the “Control” key, select the nodes and choose “Level Selected Nodes”.
You can also control the shape of the envelope between two nodes,
By right-clicking on the envelope and selecting an option from the drop down menu.
Lastly, you may wish to reset the envelope for a consistent level of effect.
Once the envelope has been reset, You can grab it and move it to the desired
level. If you have inserted nodes but wish to delete
one, Right click on it and select “Delete Node”.
If you would like to delete mulitple nodes, Again hold down the “Control” key and select
the nodes you wish to delete. Right click on one of them and select “Delete
Selected Nodes”. If you wish to mute the effect,
Click on the green tick in the effects box. To turn it back on, simply click again.
To remove the effect completely from the box, right click on it and select “Clear this effect”.
It will now be removed from the box. You are able to add up to three Photo Effects
onto images in the slideshow. The “Crossfade” effects section only adds
effects to the crossfade area between two images.
Again, you can adjust the parameters of the effects
And control the levels of effect using the effects envelope.
The “Transitions” Box allows you to insert a transition between each photo in the slideshow.
To change the parameters of the transtions, Click on the parameters icon to adjust the
properties of the transition. Transitions do not contain an effects envelope.
Just to note – If you have selected crossfade effects and also a transition,
these effects will work in unison with the transition,
as all three are modifying the crossfade area. This provides you with numerous options for
creating unique slideshows. If you have created a combination of photo
effects, Crossfade effects and a transition that you
like, You can save this combination as a preset
So it is avaiable for other slideshows you may wish to create.
Click on the “Save As Preset” button and enter a name for the Preset.
When happy, click “OK” to save. Your preset effect will be placed in the “custom”
drop down menu. Here you will also find some preset effects
developed by the trakAx team. Simply click on the “Custom” window
And select a preset from the drop down menu. Finally, I will send my slideshow to the Mixing
Screen. I can either send my slideshow to a new mix,
A mix I am currently working on or any other mix which may be open.
Here I will add my slideshow to my current mix.
To place it exactly where I want in the Mixing Screen,
Grab the “Playbar” in the Mixing Screen And move it to the area you would like your
slideshow mix to drop in. When happy, click on the “Send to Mix” button
and select “Current Mix”. As you can see, the slideshow has been place
in the Mixing screen exactly where I want. I can now audio and video to complete it if
I wish. We hope you enjoy these new features
And please view are new tutorials to learn more.

1 Comment

  • Reply Luke Jenkins June 25, 2014 at 3:38 am

    I apparently bought this too early. I wish 3.0 had the slide show feature.

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