PhotoStage is a program that allows you to make videos using a set of personal photos, to create albums or slideshows in which you can see the photos, but with the advantage of being able to add effects and sound. It is an alternative to Microsoft Windows Movie Maker and other professional software that can be found within this category.
The application is easy to use and only requires to select the photos that will be part of the video. Then you must select the background music , or own narratives to comment the photos. You can also add texts, which may include dates or the name of places, for example.
As for the effects that can accompany the slides and editing tools that can be applied, there are several options: zoom to give an effect of zooming in or out of photos; Crop to crop the photos or change the ratio of the photos; Fade so that the transitions are overlapped between photo and photo; Panning to achieve an effect of movement in the image, etcetera.
Presentations obtained with PhotoStage can be recorded on a DVD, or export to other formats to be viewed on other devices such as mobile phones, Pocket PC, PSP, iPod, iPhone, etc. The videos can be recorded in avi, wmv, asf, mpg, 3gp, mp4, mov, etc. format.
It supports the vast majority of image and audio formats, therefore it is not necessary to convert the photos and songs that you want to add. It also supports video formats to add to presentations.
PhotoStage Slideshow 2.14 is the latest version (updated in October 2012) of this software to create animations with photographs, which can be downloaded free to use during a period of evaluation. It is available for Windows 7, Vista, XP 2000 and Windows 8.