- Remember, your slideshow is a container that holds multiple items. Those items are generally referred to as slides and each slide can hold one or more media files. Let me show you how to access your media. First up, make sure you're seeing the sidebar on the right hand side. If you're not, you could choose to view that and pressing "cmd + 1," or choosing "View, Images" will take you to the Images tab. This allows you to see the different items so, for example, if you've got Lightroom or Photos installed, you can access those libraries.
Now, you might notice an exclamation mark here, and this is just telling you that you want to allow access so the first time that you launch, if you haven't blessed it, you might need to allow access so it can see it. Now if I twirl that down, you'll see that folders and collections become available. There we go, and I've got different options there and I can see my images from my Lightroom project, which is pretty cool. Let's just twirl that up. I also can access my Photos library.
Again, when you first click, it takes a second to load if it's particularly large. Clicking the Disclosure Triangle will show you all of the standard options of organization that's available inside of Photos. If you're using Aperture or iPhoto it would be very similar. In this case, I could sort by years, take a look at specific places. For example, let's jump over to Germany, and I've got an image in there or perhaps the Philippines and I can access some images from that trip.
All of these become available and are sorted. If you don't want to search by a place, you could take a look at things that you're sharing, and this can include accessing images that are shared in the Cloud in collaborating with others, or at particular albums that you've organized. For example, using Faces as a method to find people or taking a look at just your panoramas, or at specific events that you've set up. In any case, all of these make it easy to use existing libraries that you've organized.
You also could, of course, access your folders. By default, your pictures folder on your Mac is loaded, and depending upon what you've put in there you may see different things. In my case, I'm going to add another folder. So, I can drag additional folders in, or right click, which I find a bit easier, and choose "Add." In this case, let's navigate to the downloaded files. I'll choose FotoMagico, open that up, and select my images, Source Images Slideshow.
Open, and it puts it in as a folder. Let's add another one here, and I can choose my Bug, and one more, my Textures, and those are now available inside of FotoMagico. If you change your mind later, you can right click on a folder and remove it, or show it in the Finder to quickly navigate and explore or make some changes at the desktop level.
Now, the same thing applies to other tabs. You can access movies. Again, I'll right click and add, and I've got some source movies here from Costa Rica. Open that up, and there are my video files. For example, double click here, and it opens it up in Quick Time Player, and I can see this time lapse project that I created to use in our slideshow. When I'm done, simply close it and switch back to FotoMagico. Remember, if you have an image and you double click on one of those images, it's going to open it up in that external editor that you set in the preferences.
Now if I were to make a change, such as adjusting the hue, and maybe making that a bit darker, when I close and save that, this case it's making a Photoshop document. I can now switch back to FotoMagico and you'll see that that PSD file was added to the folder. So anything that you do at the desktop level or in another application will automatically update and become added into these source folders.
This makes it easy to build up and add just the folders you need for a particular project. Let's finish this out by visiting the Audio tab. You see I can access my music on my folder. If I had iTunes turned on that would show up in here. Now the reason why I turned off my iTunes library is that I don't have rights to use professionally recorded music in my projects. You can explore services like Song Freedom, which does give you the ability to license a lot of popular music for personal use, or for limited commercial use, so check out services like that.
But remember, if you're going to be posting your videos online and you just go into your iTunes collection and pick out music, you'll likely find that your video is taken down for copyright violation, and potentially could get yourself in a bit of trouble. This is why I stick with music that I have the rights to. Now, this means that I can access anything that I put into my music folder. This doesn't mean I have the rights to all of it but this does mean that you can see things like Garage Band, or any loops you've put in there. The iLife sound effects, which are included with things like Garage Band, give you access to a bunch of different jingles and sound effects that you can use, and there are other folders you can add.
I'm going to right click and add one more, and this is some music that I've downloaded, and it puts it in. Now, I've included a folder with the licenses so if you'd like to see that, let's show this in the Finder and in the folder you can find information. This particular music that I'm going to use today is coming from dig.ccmixter.org. ccMixter is part of the Creative Commons Project and if you explore their website, there's a lot of different music that's available. You'll find things available solely for personal use, things that you can use with proper attribution, and the ability to even have some stuff that you can build upon or use in commercial projects.
I've included two tracks from ccMixter and you'll find PDFs as well as link back to ccMixter so you can explore the website and find out proper credit information for the tracks used. All right, we've got all of our content added using that sidebar browser, and the last tab is simply options. We'll explore this more later as we start to modify content.
- Installing FotoMagico
- Setting up a new slideshow
- Building an initial slideshow
- Adding watermarks
- Enhancing a slideshow with text, music, and narration
- Playing a slideshow
- Publishing a slideshow to YouTube, iOS, or a standalone player