Softpedia Editor's Review for PhotoStage
Create a slideshow from your digital photos and videos
Written by Elena Opris on May 30th, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for PhotoStage
PhotoStage is a program which allows you to create slideshows from images, by providing you with some simple-to-use tools.
The interface of the application is clean and intuitive. You can get started by importing photographs and media files via the file browser or "drag and drop" method. Also, you can insert a blank slide.
But you can also add effects (e.g. brightness, crop, rotate, speed, zoom) and transitions (e.g. fade, reveal, wipe, circle, heart, diamond).
In addition, you can record a narration, preview the slideshow, save the current frame as an image, shuffle clips, apply multiple clips effects (e.g. black and white, negative, sepia, oil painting), stretch or shrink slides to match the soundtrack duration, as well as use the undo and redo functions, and more.
Once you are satisfied with the results, you can save the slideshow to disc, hardware, portable device, as an image sequence or Flash file, or you can upload it, as well as create a DVD movie or data disc.
In the "Options" area you can set the default cache folder, enable PhotoStage to remove cache files on exit and to automatically add transitions, set the time format, specify the snapshot directory along with audio narration, track and snapshot format, and others.
The application requires a moderate amount of system resources, includes a comprehensive help file (too bad it doesn't have snapshots) and didn't freeze, crash or pop up errors during our tests. All in all, PhotoStage is an excellent tool for creating slideshows and we highly recommend it to all users, regardless of their experience level.
Here are some key features of "PhotoStage":
· Panning and zooming effects let you bring your photos to life.
· Fade transition effect gives your slideshow that professional touch.
· Preview the effects in real time.
· Customize the duration of the effect.
· Fine tune brightness, saturation and color for photos and video.
· Add your favorite photos with a click of a button.
· Crop, rotate and flip photos easily and preview the changes in real time.
· Add text captions to individual slides.
· Add video clips for a complete slideshow presentation.
· Add music tracks to your slideshow.
· Record narrations with the click of a button.
· Import pre-recorded narrations
· Burn to DVD and watch in your living room on your TV.
· Show off your latest pics and clips on PSP, iPod, iPhone, 3GP mobile phone or Pocket PC.
· Explore the most advanced way to burn HD DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs.
· Output video files and share your creation with more friends on computer or through Internet.
· Image: bmp, gif, jpg, jif, jiff, jpeg, exif, png, tif, tiff, psd, tga, pcx, jp2, wmf, ico
· Audio: wav, mp3, mp2, mpga, m4a, ogg, avi, mid, flac, aac, wma, dct, au, aiff, ogg, raw, msv, dvf, vox, cda, atrac, gsm, dss, sri, shn, dss, msv, wmv and many more.
· Video: avi, mpeg, wmv, divX, Xvid, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mp4, mov, asf, vob, ogm, .3gp, H.264, RM and many more.
· Disc export: DVD, CD, Blu-ray Discs, HD-DVD
· Video export: avi, wmv, asf, mpg, 3gp, mp4, mov, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Mobile Phone, Pocket PC
· Internet connection
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function