17 May 2016 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.
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.
To set the actual size for the video, use these settings under the Rendering tab too.
For the Audio settings, I matched the settings I used for my music, which was 48 kHz at 320 kbit.
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.
Get FotoMagico 5 Pro from Boinx Software here: https://boinx.com/fotomagico/
Or from the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/fotomagico-5/id1023352572?l=en&mt=12
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Download this iPhone format video, or simply watch the full sized video above, as it’s much better. 🙂