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Christmas is coming, everyone enjoys this special festival with family and friends. To preserve the Xmas memory, you can capture the happy moment by digital camera. Don’t miss the expression of kids when they find the mysterious gifts or excited emotion in the carnival party.

When hold these wonderful Xmas pictures, what can you do with them? Making a Xmas Photo movie with them should be a good idea. With the explosion of people’s digital life, many companies have developed variety of multiple media software to help people realize it easy. I have looked for some tools on internet and tried a few kinds of photo movie maker software such as Photo Talk, Rea Gallery and Photo Story Platinum. All of them can create flash photo album, but to a fresh hand to making photo album, I feel Photo Story Platinum is much easier to use. Clear work flow and built-in dazzling templates let you own a stunning movie in minutes. When you watch its cool samples created with this software, you can't help creating one for your own. I have created one, as it showed for my family on TV, everyone opens his mouth with surprise.

Here I want to share my making process with you together. Hope it is helpful for you to create your own Xmas photo movie.

Step1 Start the program to add your Xmas photos and music
Run Photo Story Platinum, you will see the interface as below. Create your own album, and then import your digital photos and background music. Besides drag and drop to add photos to story board, you can also realize it by double click.
Tip: For changing the photos position on the story board, you can directly drag it to where you wish.

Step2 Apply the animated templates
After checking out built-in templates of these three software, I realize what is the big deal of Photo Story Platinum, it offers 100+ animated effects templates to satisfy all your
demands for any special occasion. In order to create a stunning photo movie, you can choose the dazzling templates to apply flash effects. When you select one template, drag it to the timeline, then double click it to preview the real-time effect in yellow region below.
Tips: You can select the basic template to single photo, or apply the advanced and themed template to group relative photos. The special group effect templates can make your Xmas story more funny.

Step3 Set Intro/ End animation
Gorgeous Intro/End animation effects can give people profound first impression. This software offers different excellent Intro/End effects to choose from, just preview and pick your favorite. You can also add your album information, such as title, director, cast, etc, and set the text effects like movie style.

Step4 Select the decorative elements
To make your flash photo album more funny and lively, adding some adorable elements is absolutely necessary. Here you can add your customized text caption with different text effects, stunning scene effect, animated clipart and sound in flexible timeline.

Step5 Publish DVD photo movie and share it on TV
After you preview the whole photo movie and feel satisfied with the effect, select "Publish" tab and click "Author/Burn DVD". Make sure your parameter setting and then hit the "next" button, Photo Story Platinum will do the rest.
When finished burning, you can play it on TV using a home DVD player and show your creativity. Enjoy your Xmas highlights with your family and friends!

If you want to experience it yourself, click the link below to get the free trial :

During your experience, you may find Photo Story Platinum can create more interesting things like EXE file and screensaver. Especially of all, it can also create SWF movie and share photo movie on website.

During this special Xmas season, many company provide the special offer like Photo Talk, Rea Gallery, and Photo Story Platinum, don’t miss it.

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2007-11-28
Rating: 9 Votes: 9
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I'm a passionate photographer,and like trying many new digital software to color my digital life.
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