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In the last movie I showed you how to use Windows Only Features for building a full-featured photo slideshow in Elements. Now Windows users, let's talk about how to save and output that slideshow. First, I want to save the project file that contains all the settings that I chose in the last movie. If I ever want to reopen the slideshow into Elements for further editing, I'll need that project file. To do that, I'll go up to the top of the Slideshow Editor and I'll click Save Project. In the window that opens, I'll give the project a name, I'm going to call this carshow and click Save.
I also want to output the slideshow as a movie that I could attach to an e-mail or upload to the web or just play on my computer. To do that, I'll go back to the top of the Slideshow Editor and I'll click the next button, the Output button. That opens the Slideshow Output window. Here, I can choose to either Burn to Disc or Edit with Premier Elements Editor or Save As a File. Right now I want to Save this As a File, so I have to choose what type of file. There are only two choices. If I save as a PDF File, more people will be able to view my slideshow, because all they'll need is a PDF viewer.
But this note tells me that the PDF file doesn't support some of the attributes that I included in my slideshow, like Pan and Zoom, and certain transitions. So I'm going to choose Movie File, which is a Windows Media Viewer movie format. I'll go down to the File Settings and I'll click the Slide Size menu. Which size you choose depends on what you're going to do with this copy of the slideshow. There are choices here for viewing on the Computer Monitor, for uploading to the Web, for attaching to E-Mail, and for burning to a DVD.
To get more information about any of these sizes, you can click this Details button. Right now I'm going to make a small copy to attach to E-Mail. I can make another copy of the file at another size later. So I'll select E-Mail here and I'll click OK to render my slideshow as a WMV movie file. By default, the slideshow is going to be saved in my Videos library, that's fine, I'll click Save. It may take a few minutes to render the movie. When the rendering is done, I get this message asking if I want to include the output WMV file in my Elements Organizer catalog.
I'm going to click Yes so I don't have to bother to import the movie manually if I want it to appear in my Organizer. I'm going to close the Slideshow Editor by clicking the X at the top-right of the window. And that takes me out to my Organizer. You may see a message that the Slideshow is complete and you can dismiss that. And here is my WMV movie file ready to be played in the Media Browser. To play it from here I'll just double-click it. I'll make sure this Volume is turned up and I'll click the Play button. (video playing) What a fun way to show photos.
Do give it a try with your own photos, walking through the steps of creating a slideshow, as I showed you in the last movie, and saving and outputting as I showed you here.
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