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FCP Tutorial: The Down and Dirty Slideshow or “how to create a slideshow in a minute and a half”
Sometimes being “the video editor” is like being the “friend with the truck”…people start asking favors of you. “Oh, you’re a video editor…that’s great because I really need a video made for my church…my cousin’s bar mitzvah…..my daughters wedding.” And when it happens, one of the biggest requests I get is to make a video slideshow.
People just seem to love slideshows.
One way to make a slideshow on a Mac is in iMovie. The interface for creating a slideshow in iMovie is quite user friendly and fast…but it gives little in the way of customization and effects. Making a slideshow in Final Cut Pro may take a little more time, but you can customize it to your hearts content.
Because creating slideshows can be a tedious job, here’s a really quick way to create the basis for a simple slideshow in Final Cut Pro. From here you can tweak it…adding motion, graphic elements, etc.
1. Before importing still pictures into Final Cut change the still/freeze duration to the length of time you would like each picture to appear (this can be changed by clicking Final Cut Pro in the menu bar> User Preferences> Editing Tab> Still/Freeze Duration. 2 or 3 seconds should do the trick for most slideshows.
2. Now import the stills into FCP. You will see in the Browser that the duration of each clip is the same as what you set it to in step 1.
3. Choose the transition you would like between each picture. To do this go to the Effects Tab > Video Transitions.
4. When you find the transition you would like to use, in the Browser double click the duration time of that effect. Change the duration of the transition to the length you would like (many slideshows use a standard cross dissolve…but choose what you think works best).
5. Now go back to the list of all the pictures in the Browser. Select/Highlight all the still pictures and drag them to the right side of the canvas (holding down the mouse). A multicolored bar will pop-up….and drop the clips (let go of the mouse) into the box that says “Insert with transition.”
Voila…an instant slideshow!