Slideshows by iPhoto

Mac bundles a pretty application called iPhoto to store and manage photos from digital cameras.
One of its supreme function is to export a slideshow from a group of photos.
But sometimes this function is too splendid, as many other functions in typical Mac apps, to make a simple and practical slideshow.

The easiest way to export a slideshow is to select “Export” from the File menu (Sorry I have only a Japanese interface)

You can select many targets to export, one of them is a “slideshow.” Here in this setting menu you can select the size of the slideshow movie.

Then all is done. But take a look at the slideshow created in this way:

Between the slides a cross-dissolve effect is applied.

There is another effect processed in each slide. A single original photo is copied to a series of edited ones. The copied photos are cropped and magnified in a series of slightly different extent to fake zooming motion. It is called as “Ken Burns effect.”

Well, this Ken Burns effect is rather moderate, so I made an illustration of more distinctive example.

These default effects are in most cases so handy to make a dramatic slide show, but sometimes it would not be necessary or rather disturbing. Today’s topic is how to remove any effects and make a plain slideshow, that each photo would be simply switched to another.

Then you have to create a new slideshow project. That is done by selecting “New Slideshow” from the File menu.

Then a slideshow editor is displayed.

At the right-bottom corner of the editor 4 buttons are given, which invoke setting windows for “text impose,” “theme,” “music,” and “general settings” respectively, left to right.

To remove all Ken Burns effect, change theme from the default “Ken Burns” theme to “Classic.”

To remove all transition effect, change the transition setting in the general settings.
You might miss this setting, because the checkbox is sleeping at first.

You have to invoke the selection by checking it, and select “None” from the spinner.

In using this custom setting mode, you might sometimes need to take care of the size setting. In this example I found the size was set to a peculiar aspect ratio “16:10,” while I wanted a 16:9 movie.

BGM might be also attached in default. If you want a silent movie, you need to check the music out.

Thus you could get a simple movie. This issue seems a good example for the modern world – sometimes we are forced to be applied with “extras” or “presets”, and rather consume time and labor to be freed from them.


2 thoughts on “Slideshows by iPhoto

    • I like to try as many utilities in an application as possible…nowadays many operating systems and applications are equipped so much utilities that we can select from menus or buttons, which make them rather complicated. That invoke my “challenge spirit” to pick up those controls to see what would happen.

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