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In Picasa 3 Essential Training, Dane Howard demonstrates how the latest upgrade of this free program from Google will allow photographers to organize, share, and edit digital photos more easily and effectively than ever before. Dane shows newcomers and experienced users how to archive and share photos from a desktop or online. Exercise files accompany the course, but using personal media is encouraged.
New to Picasa 3 is the ability to make and export videos. So you can imagine the power of taking your photos, your collages, your video, and combining them to make videos that could be uploaded to YouTube or even exported directly into making new movies. Let's talk about that now. Well I have been mainly using everything from my system tray, which are photos themselves. To locate a video that you have already taken, I'm going to go down and select this one here, by using the Filters. I'll go ahead and pin that to my system tray.
Back at the View, I'm going to go ahead, and enter the movie interface. There are couple ways to do that: by selecting the Movie button itself, or by entering it directly through the Movie Presentation button located on every single folder. I am going to go select the Movie button from here. What's new to the interface is you notice the tabulated structure, which gives me flexibility to go back and forth between the Library and Movie Maker itself. You'll see that there is a quite a few clips from the folder that I have selected.
Let's go through some of these tabs. The Movie itself does not have an audio track. You can add an MP3 or a WAV file. There is a Transition. I like the Dissolve but you can choose any type of Dissolve. This is the same transitions that you would find in slideshows. And then the Slide Duration itself is how long do you want to stay on any particular image, before it fades to the next image. And then the Overlap represents the amount of overlap between the two. Now the Dimensions of the video are specific to the output. You may want to think about something large, if you want to show this locally.
Something little bit smaller if you want to upload it to YouTube itself. You should have the ability to Show the Captions or the Full Frame Crop. Now let's talk a little bit about the Slide itself. What you are looking at here is just brought in from the default last name of the folder itself. So you can see here that this organized by Font, Size, and Template. This is the content itself. So I'm going to call this My Europe trip. I can put a date, I can put just about any text in there I want. I can also style it, based on the type of font that you have.
The font is just going to look up in your normal Font Library. It's going to place it directly inside there. There is also a Template here. You can start to imagine all the different types of templates that you are putting in here. Sometimes it's Caption, sometimes -- I like this one called Music Video, where it basically puts at the lower left. Giving it a little extra size here, I'll just give it a little nice legibility, if it's a little bit smaller. So that has to do with the Slide. The next thing you can do is think about the Clips themselves.
Now this is like your bin, you can always go and Get More. Down here is really the order, if I select individual photos, you can see, how it moves between them. Now as you move through your piece, you can start to see the photos and the video themselves. Now this is a video piece, so this is actually going to play the video and the audio. Now if I wanted my video to go different order, I click and I drag different photographs to different parts of the sequence. So you can see here, I can even take my Title screen and I can delete it if I want.
So a lot of the flexibility is up to you. But since I'm doing something that's basically between the different photos, I want to keep this exactly in order the way I want. Let's go back to the movie part. Movie, Slide, and the Clips. I wanted to take this particular photo, so you know this isn't quite right. I can go ahead and remove it. That's easy to do. Also point through your Clips bin, you can grab something from another slide and drag directly into the sequence. Now let's talk a little about exporting.
Exporting a movie is a little bit of science in itself. It's the difference between the Aspect Ratio, the Size, and the Compression Settings. Well with Picasa, it's pretty straightforward. Either have the ability to create the movie, which will create a local version of what's called a WMV file. That's the format. It's a Windows Media Video file, pretty universally. That's the only codec it will provide. The other option is pretty nice. It allows you to create a YouTube video. Let's go ahead and do that now. When you select YouTube what will happen, this will bring up a particular Title.
Now one of the things that you will want to do is log in. And it will either tell you that it's logged in as you, or you may want to change the user. I'm going to call this my Europe trip and give it a Description. Video Category if needed, this is Travel, call this London, call this travel, or call this Europe. Tags are just helpful when you want to associate particular metadata around them. If you want this to be public you select that. And from there pretty much go ahead.
I'll give it a quick description here, my trip to London. So reason the things here with the star is that they required for upload. So you notice as soon as I finished the Description here, the Upload button was enabled. So make sure you fill in all the information that it needs, in order to upload. Once you are done go ahead and hit Upload Video. You will be presented the same draft progress that you have seen from other projects. This is pretty straightforward. There is some feedback in the lower right. It's going to make the movie first and then it's going to upload it.
When your video is complete, it will automatically playback for you. You can see that you can play and pause directly from this detail interface. What you are looking at is the media detail. So as it's been playing back, you can also see that the Progress Bar has uploaded the video directly, and it also says do you want to view it online. So what happens normally when you upload a video to YouTube, what happens is that it has to encode it and get it into its system as well.
What we'll do is we'll go ahead and playback this video. And then we'll go click to see it online. This will open up your default browser, and you can see here that the video we just uploaded is now upon our YouTube account. Now what this does is it will basically take some time to encode. This icon here will then change into the icon once it's ready to view.
In a few moments, it will be ready to be seen on YouTube. Once your videos done processing, it will say Live. You can go ahead and click on Play. This will take you directly to the YouTube interface where you can watch your brand new video file directly on YouTube. So just in a few short moments, you have gone from Picasa and whole entire world, into the world of YouTube where you can share, edit and distribute your video to a worldwide audience.
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