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Working with a soundtrack and playback options

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 06 Creating Slideshows and Web Galleries

Video: Working with a soundtrack and playback options

Photographers have long been aware that when you combine music and photographs together, sometimes you can create something kind of fascinating. Well, here in this movie, let's focus in on how we can add a soundtrack to our slideshow projects, and also how we can customize the way that our slides appear by working with the playback panel, which is located right here. We'll begin up at the top. If you click on this option, what you can do is add a soundtrack or particular file to your project. Here we can click on the button to select the music and I'll select this demo file which I have here. And then click Choose, and that will then be part of your project. You'll notice that it will give you a duration for the song that you've selected.

Working with a soundtrack and playback options

Photographers have long been aware that when you combine music and photographs together, sometimes you can create something kind of fascinating. Well, here in this movie, let's focus in on how we can add a soundtrack to our slideshow projects, and also how we can customize the way that our slides appear by working with the playback panel, which is located right here. We'll begin up at the top. If you click on this option, what you can do is add a soundtrack or particular file to your project. Here we can click on the button to select the music and I'll select this demo file which I have here. And then click Choose, and that will then be part of your project. You'll notice that it will give you a duration for the song that you've selected.

You can select different file formats, in this case I selected an MP3 file. Well after you've selected that, what you can then do, is choose the option to have your slideshow fit to the music. What that will do is it will change the duration of the slides. Notice it down below it shows us that our slides will last for one second here. Well if we click on fit to music now it takes these slides up to 7.8 seconds, with a really short fade. Or if we increase the fade and then click on Fit to Music, notice how again it changes our overall slide here, so that, that slide will show for about five seconds and there will be a three second transition as it's fading to the next photograph.

And what this is doing is its insuring that your images will last as long as the song. And sometimes you'll want to do that just so that there's consistency with the song and so that when the song ends when your slideshow ends as well. I'll talk a little bit later about audio balance, so, I'll skip that for now. I should also highlight that if you decide not to work with an audio file you can also customize the way that the slides go through or the way that the slides advance. Here we can choose perhaps a shorter duration and then a little bit of a shorter fade. Click Preview, and then you can preview the way that that looks here in this window.

Notice how it's moving forward at this particular pace. Now, when you're ready to get out of that, just click on that area again. If we decide to decrease the fade, and here, we'll go ahead and click Preview. You notice how this will be a little bit more staccato. It will really jump between the different images. So here, click on the slide show in order to disable the preview. So as you can see, you can really customize this to change the overall flow, and the mood, and the rhythm. As you increase these values, it will become much more slow and maybe even thoughtful.

Of course, that being said, there is a point where you can leave a slide up for too long, but that's of course how this slideshow is being played. Is it something that people are viewing in the background, or is it a presentation to an audience? Those contexts will help you to decide how you want to use these slides and also the fade values. You can also turn on the option to do a manual slideshow. What that will allow you to do is to start the slideshow. Here we'll click Preview, and then what you'll need to do is automatically advance it to the next slide. There I'll press the Arrow keys just to move forward through the photographs. This is really helpful if you're presenting to a group and if you want to talk about certain images.

This gives you a really easy ability to march forward or backwards through your images. Well, here we can also work with which is our playback screen. Here I have two monitors connected. I can select one to be the playback screen and I can also blank out the other screens as well. That can be helpful if you have multiple monitors or if you have a laptop and a projector which you're working with so that one of those screens can be blacked out so you can really focus in on the other. Now currently I have a particular order of my images.

You can see how the images flow. They start with this image over here and then they make their way to the right. If we click Preview, you can see that this is the first image in my slide show and it will go forward through these various files. Well, if we click on this option of random order, what it will do is it will randomize the order of all of these photographs. This is helpful if you're creating a slideshow where you have maybe a hundred photographs from a family vacation, and you just want those to play in the background as you have a family gathering. Well that's a great option, because it will help to keep the slideshow really fresh, especially if that slide show is going to play over and over again. And you can have slideshows play or repeat over and over again by clicking on this option.

And what they will do is they will just keep on going and keep on playing. Until you manually stop the slide show by clicking into the slide show or by pressing the escape button on the keyboard.

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  1. 1m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
  2. 20m 52s
    1. Introducing web galleries
      3m 13s
    2. Overview of domain names and hosting
      3m 56s
    3. Using collections to group images
      3m 13s
    4. Renaming and reordering images
      4m 57s
    5. Creating collections of virtual copies
      5m 33s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Using web gallery templates
      6m 17s
    2. Selecting images with flags
      5m 27s
    3. Creating web gallery collections
      3m 49s
    4. Customizing web gallery site info
      5m 46s
    5. Changing the gallery's color and appearance
      4m 1s
    6. Adding captions and titles
      2m 35s
    7. Saving custom templates
      2m 47s
  4. 19m 14s
    1. Working with JPEG compression and using the Quality slider
      1m 37s
    2. Adding watermarks and sharpening photos
      5m 40s
    3. Uploading HTML galleries
      3m 50s
    4. Uploading Flash galleries
      5m 44s
    5. Exploring online web gallery resources
      2m 23s
  5. 39m 28s
    1. Creating an impromptu slideshow
      2m 56s
    2. Slideshow and collections
      3m 31s
    3. Using slideshow templates and customizing the layout
      5m 27s
    4. Adding slideshow overlays
      6m 39s
    5. Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates
      2m 40s
    6. Customizing the background
      4m 56s
    7. Adding beginning and ending title slides
      2m 26s
    8. Working with a soundtrack and playback options
      4m 31s
    9. Slideshow playback options
      1m 30s
    10. Exporting slideshows as JPEG, PDF, or video
      4m 52s
  6. 9m 58s
    1. Selecting the video files
      2m 28s
    2. Changing image order and customizing the layout
      3m 27s
    3. Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels
      4m 3s
  7. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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