ProShow Gold

ProShow Gold

Creates videos and slideshows from the user's images
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Turn your favorite pictures into artistic slideshows or videos complete with transitions effects, filters, themes, styles and background music.

There are many apps, free or otherwise, that will transform your photo collection into video files and movies in just a few easy steps, producing results with a varying degree of quality. What makes ProShow Gold different from all of these is its stunning collection of filters, effects, transitions, themes, and styles, designed to add a Hollywood-quality layer to your projects with a minimum of effort.

With a working space that doesn’t differ much from that of most of its competitors (a combination of a file explorer, a timeline, and a preview window), the true beauty of this slideshow maker lies in its editing tools. Despite its ease of use, the extensive range of filters and effects provided can be a bit overwhelming at first. Rotations, sizes, zooms, artistic effects, motion in 3D, and all kinds of image enhancements can be added to your slides with just one click. You can check the results in real time using the program’s built-in media player, and use the timeline to arrange your media in a simple and rewarding way. Add to this wide variety of add-ons and enhancement tools the program’s layer support and you will begin to get a glimpse of everything that ProShow Gold can do for your presentations and video-based photo albums.

Actually, it’s not only photos that you can add to the program’s timeline, but video and audio files, which you can then combine and mix in a professional way to produce stunning slideshows. And to help you obtain the best synchronization results, everything – from photo display times to the duration of the transitions – is accurately timed and measured so that your preferred soundtrack and your favorite photos and videos blend together in perfect harmony. The amount of styles (240+), transitions (420+), and themes (30+) you can choose from is so extensive that the program offers you tools to categorize them and mark them as favorites, to create your own (more manageable) lists, and to edit and customize any of their elements so that they fit all your preferences. To help you with your video soundtracks, the program’s Music Library offers you a pool of more than 300 royalty-free audio tracks, all neatly categorized and timed for your convenience.

Publishing your projects is no laughing matter, either. ProShow Gold not only offers you the widest range of possibilities to store and share your videos, but enriches each of those possibilities with an extensive choice of professional settings and options. You can store your project on a Blu-ray disc, a DVD, as an AVCHD set of files, or in a USB Flash drive; share it online via YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or SmugMug; send it by e-mail or use it as a personalized screen saver, and always with the best HD quality possible.

ProShow Gold is far from being yet another slideshow maker – it is a professional video creation tool with all the bells and whistles of other professional video editors. Those looking for true excellence can also try ProShow Producer, a full-featured professional app that takes slideshow and video creation to the next level.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Wide array of features and effects.
  • Outputs to disc, file, social sites, etc.
  • Music library with free audio files.
  • Accurate timed slideshows for perfect synchronization

Cons

  • Requires a learning curve
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