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How to Make Video from Photos

However fascinating your photos may be, viewing static images one after another seems to be quite boring. The best way to make the process more entertaining is creating a slideshow with fancy effects and your favorite song as a background audio. Icecream Slideshow Maker is a handy tool that allows you to create good looking presentations from scratch. This application is perfect for novice users due to its intuitive interface and a basic set of options. Read on to learn more about this program and create a memorable video from your photos.

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Download and install the program

You can download Icecream Media Converter by clicking on the “Download” button on this page. The program will ask you to save an installation file on your computer, and after doing so you can run this file and start installing the program. It won’t take you longer than a minute and once that’s done you can open the application and start working.


Add file/folder

To add a file to the program and use it for creating a presentation, you are supposed to click on the ‘Add photo” button in the upper left corner of the main window. There is an “Add file to start your photostory” button under the program’s logo – it works in the same way. If all images that you want to use for the project are stored in the same folder on your computer, you can import an entire folder by clicking on the “Add folder” button in the upper left corner.

After clicking on the button, you will be allowed to select file(s) from your computer via Windows Explorer.


Configure slideshow settings

When the files are successfully added to the program, the main window will change and divided into two sections: file queue at the left and preview zone with settings at the right. There are some configuration settings in the queue panel as well, such as “Time” and “Transition”. You can tweak different time and transition values for all your files while the rest of the settings will be automatically applied to all files in the queue.

To change the “Time” value for a certain file, simply click on a default value in front of the item and choose a desired duration from 1 to 20 seconds (this value stands for the duration of displaying the image).

Do the same when you want to change the transition effect for a certain file (you can also choose “None” if you don’t want to apply any transition effects). You can delete certain files from the queue by clicking on a recycle bin icon in front of it.

Grey area under the queue contains the same options, but in this case they will be applied to all files in the queue. Also, the “Clear list” button helps you delete all the items from the list.

The filename is displayed at the very bottom of the queue panel – the default name looks like “sshow_yymmdd_hhmmss” but you can change it manually if that’s necessary.

You can move the items in the queue by selecting one of them and using the arrows at the side. Alternatively, just drag and drop it to a desired position in the queue.

After that, you can take a look at the opposite side of the window and tweak the settings under the preview area. Start with the “Resolutions” feature – click on the default value and choose a necessary one from the dropdown menu. Similarly, tweak the “Transition duration” setting below (it stands for the duration of the effects). Check the “Scale to fit” box if you want all your images to fit the screen or check the “Original ratio” box if you want to leave them as they are. There are helpful question mark icons in front of each setting – move the cursor over it to read more about the setting you are about to configure.

The last step to take before you skip to creating the slideshow is adding background music for your presentation. Find the “Add audio” button on the settings panel and click on it. Windows Explorer will be opened again and you can browse your computer to import a desired file. After that, you can configure the “Offset” setting for the added file. By choosing a negative value you make the audio start playing immediately, shifted by a certain time, while a positive value will make the audio start playing after a specified time.


Start creating a slideshow

When all the settings are configured, click on the “Preview” button to double check the presentation looks good. Press the “Create” button in the bottom right corner to initiate the process.

You can use the “Pause/Resume” and “Cancel” buttons at the bottom right while the slideshow is being created. A popup window will appear immediately after the completion. Press the “Open folder” button in this window to view the slideshow in a containing folder.

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