Photo Story 3 for Windows is a free, easy to use and intuitive software application that has been noted to portray images in a “Ken Burns-like effect” (meaning that it pans and zooms over still images).
In addition to the pan and zoom effect of your images, Photo Story 3 offers
Hint: To import more than one picture at a time, hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key when selecting an image. Do this for all the images you wish to import, and then click ‘OK’.
Hint: Some of images may now have black borders. Select the ‘Remove black border’ link if you desire. This page also provides the user with some minor photo editing by selecting the ‘Edit’ button underneath the image.
Personally, I do not recommend adding text over images in Photo Story 3. The text often comes out blurry and pixilated when viewing your story and the options for placement of the text is very limited.
If you would like to add text to an image, I suggest using MS Power Point. Power Point offers the option of saving slides as JPEG files (which is what most photo files are).
This is a great time to start saving all of your hard work. Click the ‘Save Project’ button toward the bottom of the Photo Story screen. Navigate to your flash drive location and click the ‘Save’ button.
To continue saving after you make changes click the save project button and it will automatically save to your flash drive. Remember to save often!
It is now time to add your voice to the story. Narration can only be added to individual images. Take a minute to look over the hard copy of your storyboard and rehearse (quietly) the narrations for individual slides that you have written.
Since we will be working in a room with others, you will record your final narrations in a separate setting. Notify one of the instructors when you are ready.
Test record at your work station by following the steps below. (contact me to checkout mics if needed)
You might notice when previewing that Photo Story’s auto pan and zoom is not exactly what you had in mind. The Customize Motion option allows for you to manually select a start and position as well as set time duration for each slide.
You will see two tabs when the new window opens, Motion and Duration and Transition.
Check the box labeled ‘Specify start and end position of motion’. You will see a set of points appear around the Start and End images. Left click and drag each point to determine where you want your focal points.Hint: The image above starts with on just a few kites and then zooms out to display the entire image. You can select the ‘Preview’ button at any time to see what your customization looks like.
Other customization options:
Set start position to be the same as end position of previous picture allows for a smoother transition between slides.
Set end position to be the same as start position creates a still image with no pan or zoom effect.
Photo Story automatically adjusts the time duration of each slide based on its customization. Click the Number of seconds to display the picture button to increase or decrease the slide duration.Hint: Clicking on the ‘Save’ button in this window only saves the adjustments you have made to the image, NOT the entire project. Use the arrow buttons to move to the next image that you would like to customize.
You can change the transitions between each slide by clicking on the Transitions tab. I caution you to use transitions sparingly. Too much movement can take from the impact of the story you are trying to tell your audience.
Test out what other transitions look like by clicking on the icons. A quick transition preview will show in the middle image.
You can add different selections of music to your project slides but, in my experience in working with Photo Story, using one piece of music yields a higher quality video. Please choose one music selection for the background music to your story.
Select Music allows you to upload any song in MP3 format
Create Music button enables you to create your own mix/match of music within the Photo Story application. It offers selections by genre. Great for catering to the feel of your story.
By now you have imported and arranged your images, added text to any desired, added voice-overs, customized motion and selected your music. You are ready to produce the final story! This is different than from what we have been doing which was saving it as a project. When we save it as a story, it produces the story in a format for watching them full screen on our computers.
Select the option ‘Save your story for playback on your computer’
CONGRATULATIONS! You now have your very own digital story!