Making a Slideshow with FotoMagico 5 Pro (Podcast 523)

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Making a Slideshow with FotoMagico 5 Pro (Podcast 523)

This week I’ve put together a video to walk you through the process of making a slideshow with Boinx Software’s latest release, FotoMagico 5 Pro.

I’ve put a small version of this video into the podcast feed, but to see the detail, take a look at the below video, and click on the full screen button (the four arrows pointing outwards) for the best experience. Also see below for a little bit of additional information.


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Making a Slideshow with FotoMagico 5 Pro


You can pick up a copy of Boinx Software’s FotoMagico 5 Pro on their web site or from the Apple App Store.

Very Stable, But…

This is probably the most stable version upgrade of FotoMagico that I’ve seen from Boinx Software in recent years, but there are a couple of things that I’d like to point out.

Firstly, at the moment, as of version 5.0.6, if I add a few images to a new slideshow before saving it, when I do save it, FotoMagico takes forever, and I generally have to Force Quit the program. The project is saved OK, so this isn’t critical, but it’s a pain in the behind. To avoid this, I go in and fill out some of the information in the Slideshow > Settings > Info tab, then save the slideshow before adding any images.

Exporting a 4K MP4 Video

The other thing is that although Vimeo support 4K video, there is no 4K video preset under Vimeo from the Share menu. The only other option for 4K video at the moment is YouTube, but you are currently forced to log in to YouTube, and FotoMagico then tries to upload the video after export, and I do not want my content on YouTube. You can stop the upload, but that means you have to be around until the rendering stops. I sometimes hit Export and then go and do something else, so I don’t want to sit on the process.

Anyway, hopefully this will all be changed soon, but for now, I’m using the Custom option from the Share menu, and specifying the following settings. If you get an error when trying to export an mp4 video at 4K using the Custom option, ensure that you select High Profile Auto for the Profile Level. This is what enabled me to output a 4K H264 mp4 video for upload to Vimeo.

4K Video Settings

4K Video Settings

To set the actual size for the video, use these settings under the Rendering tab too.

4K Video Rendering Settings

4K Video Rendering Settings

For the Audio settings, I matched the settings I used for my music, which was 48 kHz at 320 kbit.

4K Video - Audio Settings

4K Video – Audio Settings

Anyway, I hope the video helps. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Also, if you create a slideshow of your own using FotoMagico, leave a link. I’d love to see what you made.

Show Notes

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  • Brian Harrison
    Posted at 20:11h, 01 June Reply

    Thanks for a very informative video. I already use many of the techniques that you describe but there were several that I have not used before. Your comments on exporting are interesting. I have a number of holiday slideshows that I want to export to run from a memory stick on a 4K TV but Fotomagico does not provide an option for this. I therefore went to the Custom menu and tried to export a slideshow from there. Right at the end of the video rendering, the program fails with an error message but I had not been using the High Profile Level Auto setting which you use. I have one exporting right now using that setting (only 7 hr to go) and I hope that will work. No doubt, if and when Apple produce a 4K Apple TV, Boinx will introduce an appropriate preset for that.

    I was interested to see that you had ignored the Fotomagico warnings about the slides being too big for the stage size that you were using. Do you normally do this?

    Many thanks again

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 20:17h, 01 June Reply

      Hi Brian,

      I’m pleased this was useful. I should also mention that for the 4K TV, I did have to select a relatively low Bitrate. I think my TV required about 20,000 before it would play video smoothly. If your video stops and starts, try reducing the Bitrate.

      By the warning about the slides being too big, do you mean the size of the photos themselves? If so, yes, I ignore this warning. I think I even mentioned that I ignore this in the video. On my computer the full sized JPEGs do not slow down the program or the video, so I just leave them at full size.


  • Brian Harrison
    Posted at 00:29h, 15 June Reply

    Hi Martin

    I did mean the size of the photos themselves. With some of my earlier slide shows I reduced the size of the photos within Fotomagico, which I now regret. I’m having to re-size them back to full size JPEGs one by one for 4K TV! I have been setting bitrate on Auto in Fotomagico and haven’t seen any problem in running my slideshows (my TV is also limited to a bitrate of 20000). The finished slideshow is about 20GB in size (500 slides + music) but it runs smoothly from an NTFS formatted memory stick. If Apple doesn’t release a 4K Apple TV, then I’ll consider investing in a small disc drive on which to store and run my slideshows.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:55h, 15 June Reply

      Hi Brian,

      That’s pretty much why I don’t resize images too, especially if it doesn’t cause problems. Most of the time software developers put warnings like that into software to avoid people with systems that don’t have much resources from seeing problems. I generally ignore them until I see a problem.

      I tried my higher bitrate slideshow via a hard disk to my TV and that didn’t work for me either. I got the feeling that it was more about the speed at which the TV can process the data rather than the speed of the drive, at least for my TV. Having said that, I was using a USB3.0 memory stick too, so there may not have been a lot of difference.

      I was hoping for a 4K Apple TV with the last update too. My TV works terribly with Apple computers, so it’s currently the weak link with a 4K Apple TV. It’s still all great though. I love the detail available on the TV via the memory stick once I figured out all of the bitrate stuff.


  • Manunzio
    Posted at 16:16h, 17 December Reply

    Dear Martin Bailey

    I want a viewpoint honest (I’m a professional photographer) Photo of Magic for presentations on Vimeo and Yotube (at time isn’t possible generate exe as PTe.exe Proshow and must professional M.Object or Platinum Wings).
    What are the limits of Foto Magico? How much must be “heavy” (file/s) for a good and detailed slideshow?
    It seems for me, however, that should not exceed 2 mega for not having a too GByte monster.

    Thanks Kite stramrt


    Ps. Do you not think like me the name “Foto Magico” is too stupid?

    Pss. If possible a reply via email

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 02:53h, 19 December Reply

      Hi Manunzio,

      I used Proshow many years ago, and liked the exe slideshows, and it was pretty powerful, but I started to use FotoMagico after moving to Mac, and I’ve been happy with it. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to get the results I want, but the answer is usually easy enough to find after a few minutes.

      I use full sized images when creating the slideshow, but only the resolution required for your output video is used. The images aren’t embedded or anything, so the size of your original photos is irrelevant.

      I don’t think the name is stupid. It’s catchy and easy to remember.


  • Bart Carrig
    Posted at 11:52h, 20 February Reply

    Great tutorial, Excellent video (and beautiful photography and music). Thank you.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:10h, 20 February Reply

      You’re very welcome Bart. I’m pleased you liked it.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Tom Wright
    Posted at 06:27h, 28 February Reply

    Awesome. Very helpful. Have you been able to get StandAlone Player App to run from an upload to Dropbox? Thanks!

  • John Clark
    Posted at 21:46h, 03 March Reply

    Probably one of the best tutorials I have seen in a long time. Thank you Martin.

    I am hoping to improve my photographic presentations and love the look of the Foto Magico program, however, I usually use my photographs in conjunction with a talk. Is it possible to manually advance the images during my talk whilst retaining the transitions?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:16h, 05 March Reply

      Thanks John.

      There is a kind of presentation mode, in which I imagine you can do this, but I haven’t tested it myself I’m afraid.

      If transitions are the main goal though, have you considered just using Apple Keynote? I use Keynote for my presentations and it works well.


  • Trish Mcauslan
    Posted at 12:21h, 16 March Reply

    Yes I use Fotomagico as support for talks. Go to Options and in the Slide panel set the show to Continue ‘At Mouse Click”. I hold my wireless mouse in my hand and click each time I want the slide to move on. One advantage is that you can include one or more slide shows in your presentation by selecting just those images and have them Continue “After Duration” This can give both you and the audience a bit of a break.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:33h, 16 March Reply

      There you go. I thought I’d seen that in there, but haven’t had time to check.

      Thanks for pointing this out Trish!

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