How to Compose a Slideshow with ProShow Gold Software

The ProShow Gold is a photo slideshow software package that adds some amazing technology to create fantastic looking audio and video presentations. Creating a quick slideshow using the ProShow Gold is a breeze. All it takes is an installation of the ProShow Gold on your Windows machine and two minutes of your time.

Step 1: Add Source Files

You will need to setup the source files for the slideshow presentation. You can do this by using the import dialog box from the file menu and browsing to the individual file location in the photo slideshow software. If you have a large number of files, then it makes sense to have them all in a single folder and directly add that folder to the source window or pane.

Once the pictures are added to the pane, you will click on the first picture and then use the shift key to select all the pictures in the pane for your slideshow. You will now click and drag all of the files on to the slide list provided and all of them will be imported to the slideshow.

Step 2: Add Audio or Music

Since no slideshow is really complete without an audio track, you will add a track by using the import dialog box from the file menu and browsing to the individual file location of the required audio file. It makes sense to have the audio file already placed in the source image folder. This will speed up the task to a great degree.

Once located, you will drag the audio file underneath the slide list. This area is marked as “soundtrack”. The audio will now be imported to ProShow Gold and you will see the waveform.

Now, in almost all cases, the length of the slideshow will not match the length of the audio track. This will either give an abrupt ending to the music or some photo time without any music. You can either extend the duration of each slide so that they match the audio track length on the slide track. Another option is to compress the duration of each slide to match a shorter audio track. To do this, you will select the “Sync show to audio” option by hitting Alt + Y or by going to the Audio menu.

You can also add in a fade in or fade out effect at the starting and the end of the audio track to add a more professional touch to the slideshow.

Step 3: Finalize the Slideshow

You will now add finishing touches to the slideshow like adding some exciting effects (either to individual slides or the entire slideshow). You can also add additional bells and whistles by adding transitions like dissolves, fades, wipes and shapes, or adding customized backgrounds to individual photos.

Step 4: Share It

You will use the output options to create a video file that can either be added to optical media or shared over social networks and video sharing sites.