Setting up complex slideshows
Setting up complex slideshows
Now we're going to tap into the real power of Aperture 3 for presentations. I'm going to show you how to set up the more complexed or advanced Slideshow. Now, one of the things that I like to do - let's say that I want to set up a Slideshow in this project here, the Great Outdoors. All the work that you've done up until this point, on your Rating and so forth, this is one of the times that it pays off. So, for instance, you want to have a nice little show that just shows your best shots, and you have rated your shots.
You may have even created a Smart Album with your Best Shots. Then they're all ready to go. They're all right here waiting for you. All you have to do is just select them all. I'm just going to hit Command+A to select them all. Now I'm going to go up to New. This time, instead of going to Slideshow, I'm going to go to Slideshow under New. This is where you get the Advanced Slideshow right there. You get to Choose a Theme. Now, I will tell you right now that these two themes are the best for customizing your Slideshow.
So, if you like to tweak it and work on it, and have it be just the way that you want it, choose either Classic or Ken Burns. These other themes are nice, and they're fun, but they're more what we would call, canned themes. Now they're great for working quickly. So, explore them. But if you want to play with your Slideshow, most of the time, I'm going Classic. That's what we're going to do right here too. So, I'll just call Great Outdoors. Then of course, make sure that this box is selected.
So, the shots that we previously selected are part of our Slideshow. Now if you miss something, not a problem, because you can bring stuff in. Now my Stacks are opened up here, but I'm going to collapse them, so that we're just seeing what we want. The way that Stacks work for Slideshows is that the Slideshow will pick the pick image for the Stack, so the one that's on top. So, as long as your best shot is on top for your Stack, you're in good shape.
If not, you can make that adjustment. Like I said, if you forgot a shot, and you go, "Oh, I really want that shot in there," really, not a problem. All you have to do is go back to wherever your images are. Let's say that I wanted to add this little guy too, this little guy right here. I just have to drag him over to my Slideshow. Here is my little project. There he is. He is ready to go. So, I can make him like the first slide there.
Then even if I'm looking at him here, and I go, "I need to make some adjustments to them," we can do all that sort of stuff. In the next movie, I'm going to show you how to work with the individual slides, but right now, we're just setting up our basic movie. So, we're going to go to Default Settings right here. If you don't see this when you first open up your Slideshow, don't worry. You get to it right here. This is a little icon to show that panel. So, if it's not there, just click on this. And you will get that.
Then the other panel is your Audio Browser. So, if you want to set up music or add a soundtrack, you would do that here. But right now, we're just going to work with our images themselves. Over here, we have some play buttons. This is Fullscreen, and this is to Play within the Viewer here. We have our lovely little Gear menu that allows you to do some additional things that we're going to play with on individual slides. Then we have this little Timer guy here. This shows us the length or the duration for the slide that happens to be selected at the moment.
We also have a couple of different views here, for down here in our Filmstrip. You can even work in List a View if you want. I'm kind of a visual sort of person. So, I don't want to do that. Then we can Sort. You can sort here, but I always end up using Manual, because I like to drag stuff around. I like to set the order myself. So, I want this shot to follow that shot. So, we just move this around, and maybe we'll go with a distance shot of the buck, and then kind of have a close shot right there.
Then do this and then end with that shot. So, I'm almost always in the Manual Sort here. Now in our Default Settings, we have some basic effects for the whole show. Now these apply to everything over in Default Settings. I'm just clicking on that right now. It moved back over to Selected Slides, because I was clicking on slides. So, keep an eye on this. Make sure that your working on the Default for everything for the Slideshow.
You can choose your Aspect Ratio, our Main Display, 16x9. So, that in HDTV is the same, but if the Aspect Ratio of my display was different, that would show different there. Almost all the time, unless I'm authoring for something specific like the iPhone, I'm going to be doing 16x9 for HDTV. You can set it up so that Slideshow Repeats. You can Loop the main audio track over and over again as the slides play if the audio track is shorter.
This one here, Show the title at the beginning - what it does is it takes the name of your Slideshow, and puts it on the first slide. If you like that, that's great, just leave the box checked. It will be checked, by default. If you don't like that, you can turn that off here. I'll show you how to do an individual title slide in the next movie. You set the Default Settings for all of your slides right here. You can override that with the individual slide adjustments, but if you say just overall, I want the slides to play for 3 seconds.
You set that up here. You can set up your Background also, and you can choose from the whole palette of colors. I like black. I am just sort of a Black Background kind of guy. If you want to set up a Border that sets off your image from the Background, you can do that here. Now Crop is interesting. So you can Crop where your images Fit in the Frame, or they Fill the Frame. Aperture will actually enlarge them as needed.
Again, this is where your preview size comes into play. Make sure you have a big enough preview to do this sort of thing. Even though we chose Classic Theme, we could set up Ken Burns. Right now, they hide the Ken Burns in the Crop Frame. There it is right there. Now our whole show will have the Ken Burnsian Effect as you go through it. So, it's up to you. If you want to do just Fill the Frame, and then go with the standard Transition, such as Dissolve, and you have all of these wonderful transitions to choose from. Dissolve is the most common.
You can set the angle of the Dissolve or whatever Transition you set right there, and the Speed of the Transition right here. Then once all of that is put together, if you want to have music, then you can set the music right here. What you would do is you would take whatever soundtrack you wanted, and actually drag it to the Filmstrip, and just drag it where you want it to begin. So, if you don't want to begin right at the beginning of the show, you can just do it right there - kind of neat, isn't it? When you're ready to play your Slideshow to take a look at it, all you have to do is hit the Play button right here.
(Music Playing) I hit the Escape button to Exit out of that. Then you can make any changes that you want to the audio, to the individual slides. I'm going to show you how to do some of those changes in the next movie, but right now, you're set up and ready to go.
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