For many people, just the thought of making video slides is irritating and confusing in itself. In reality, the process is quite easy and straightforward if you can plan ahead what to present, base on your goals and expectations out of making the video. This guide will help you to speed up the process by breaking it down to easy step by step instructions.
Unlike what the majority would like to think, even casual video makers who use slideshows as presentations, promotional material, educational and/or other purposes will have to admit that making video can be very time consuming and frustrating without proper organization and efficient way of executing the tasks.
The first step is to evaluate your use and end-result outcome to see if it needs background music. Start by asking yourself some basic questions, like: Does my video need quality and highly relevant soundtracks to complement its slides? Or is it better to keep the whole presentation mute so I can do the speaking? Or perhaps shall I record my own voice and put it all together in one package?
It is important that you decide on this upfront, as music are quite often time draining tasks, which require you to sit down and test out different samples.
So what’s next on the list? You guess it – graphic images and pictures of course. To speed up the selection process and simplify the uploading task, it helps to label images using plain numbers. The first image to appear in you slideshow should start with number “1”, the next – number “2”, and so on… Also try to keep file extensions the same through out all pictures used.
Another important note on graphic files is the dimension ratio. For example: if your image is a long rectangle that is twice as long as its width, then the ratio is 2:1. Ideally you should save all other following images in the same ratio. This is because video making programs like Windows Movie Maker would automatically add black border around your pictures to fill in the screen if the ratios don’t match.
When your music (if any) and pictures are ready, group them into separate mini-folders and keep all of them under one main folder named with descriptive text (e.g. your project title). Next, open you preferred video maker program and start uploading the pictures. Add any transition effects to your liking. Put in the music (if applicable) and hit the “make video” button.