Transform your favourite photos into polished, professional slideshows you'll be proud to share with friends and family
MAGIX PhotoStory on DVD MX 11 - the successor to MAGIX PhotoStory on CD & DVD 10 - is a straightforward tool which makes it easy to turn your photos into slideshows, complete with transitions and effects, zooms and pans, animated titles, a soundtrack, and even a custom DVD menu when you're ready to share the results with others.
With all this power you might expect some complexity, but a helpful slideshow keeps any complications to a minimum. And it's possible to build your initial slideshow in just 4 or 5 clicks (plus however many it takes to select your favourite photos).
If you'd like to take more control, though, then MAGIX PhotoStory on DVD MX 11 enables you to choose your preferred fades and effects. It's easy to add your own background music. And if you've struggled with complex Titles engines before on video editors, then you'll appreciate the PhotoStory approach: adding opening and closing credits can be as simple as typing in a box, or pointing the program at a text file.
You can then tweak and fine-tune your slideshow in many different ways, with options to optimise images, create panoramas, apply animation to an image (pans, zooms, tilts, rotations and more), give them colourful backgrounds, even include some decoration (you might add a thought bubble and caption to a portrait shot, say).
The results can be previewed at any time. And when you're ready to share your work with the world, then MAGIX PhotoStory on DVD MX 11 can upload it directly to YouTube, Flickr or Facebook; export the slideshow as a video (MP4, AVI, MPEG, MOV, WMV and more) or burn it to CD or DVD with your own customised menu as an introduction.
Please note, this trial version of the program restricts your output options (Export, Burn and so on) to slideshows of a maximum 3 minutes in length. Purchase a program licence and of course this is removed: you'll be able to use as many images as will fit on a DVD, which is probably more than you're ever likely to need.
Review by Mike Williams.