Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Retiming a slideshow with markers, part of Up and Running with FotoMagico.
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- If you'd like to control exactly when the transitions occur, FotoMagico makes this very easy. You simply add a marker. Let's close this one we were working on, and don't save our changes. We're going to continue to adjust things here and listen to the beats of the music. Let's come to the beginning of the timeline here and just press play. (lighthearted guitar music) By tapping the M key on each beat, it adjusts the markers to match the edit.
(lighthearted guitar music) If you get something wrong, you can move back, stop your play back, and simply drag it back out or use the Undo command. Now, if you decide you need to, you can move that audio marker, and you'll see that the slide duration adjusts as well. So if you slightly miss the beat, just drag the marker to a new location. Let's continue to refine this edit a bit. (lighthearted guitar music) And I'm just tapping out beats to match the subject.
Looking at the audio waveforms also helps. (lighthearted guitar music) Now, if you don't have a good sense of music, listen to your slideshow a few times and get the music in your head. I've got a pretty good sense of rhythm. As a professional video editor and someone who enjoys live music and has a bit of a musical background, I can usually pick up a beat.
If you're not the first person to hit the dance floor, that's okay, just listen to the music a few times until you really start to get familiar with it, and this editing is a lot easier. If the video doesn't line up with the marker, you can manually drag to get it in the ballpark. And let's continue. Sometimes as you work, your slideshow might give you a few problems because the images get too large. In this case, take advantage of optimizing them. It's a pretty straightforward process. In your timeline you can select all of your images or just navigate to one with an exclamation point.
If you right-click on this, click to stop, and just click on that exclamation point. Now, I'm going to choose to scale down all of these images to optimize them, and it's going to go through the timeline and look for anything in the slideshow that's taking up too much memory. This should help free up performance and clear out some of those warnings. Now you're going to have a smoother playback experience. (lighthearted guitar music) (new-age music) Now, this particular audio transition seems just a bit rough.
Let's stop for a second and take a look at that. You'll note we have the overlap here, and if needed, we can adjust the cross fade a bit. Let's take a look here at the fade in, make that just a little bit longer and offset that just a little bit. Selecting our outbound clip, we could take a look at the fade out, troll that down, and adjust the duration so it's a little bit longer.
Now let's continue. (lighthearted guitar music) (new-age music) And that's a nice, smoother transition. To continue adding markers, scroll down and select the next music clip and continue to play. (new-age music) If you decide to, remember you can still select an individual slide, target it, and remove it from the slideshow.
And everything else will ripple down. We're getting pretty close to the end of the slideshow here, and it looks still just a bit long. One of the things I like is if I decide to remove a slide, you'll notice that everything else still re-times to the markers. So this makes it a bit easier, if you're running a bit fat, to trim things out. And notice how everything re-syncs up to the markers. (new-age music) I'm going to remove this set here, and let's just adjust the music here as well, to make sure we let that finish out.
It looks like it's going to timeout pretty close. (new-age music) I like that. Let's just extend the music a little bit at the end. I'll click Stop and drag that out slightly.
- 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