When looking for the best professional slideshow software you want to know that what you’re getting is not going to end up being outdated in a few months.
Ideally it should be from a reputable company with a history of making quality software and giving excellent customer service. Support should include regular updates to fix any glitches or issues that arise.
Software that allows you to add extra styles and theme packs can prevent your slideshows from appearing dated and save you a lot of time in creating new works. Examples of these speciality styles would include the ever popular Wedding and Travel themes.
If you really want professional looking slideshows then you need to have as much control over the creation of the slideshow as possible. For one, you need to be able to alter the timings on the slides and clips so that the motion is more fluid and matches to the soundtrack.
You also want to have the largest array of professional templates, styles and transitions possible. In most cases this will mean that the software will have a larger learning curve than simple or free software but for professionals this is a non issue.
Advanced special effects such as reflections, changeable focus and colorize when combined with both 2D and 3D transitions can produce some impressive and unforgettable slideshows.
The basic functions are still likely to be drag and drop but extra functions are normally accessed by using a right click menu or double clicking on the slides.
Some of the more ‘tacky’ effects found on cheaper slideshow software don’t have any place in pro slideshows. Crazy 3D rotating text may look good the first few times you use it but if you want people to take you seriously then it’s best to stick to simple classic effects for professional slideshows.
High definition slideshows are a must for a professional and this starts with ensuring that your photographs and video clips are are the highest quality. A quality digital SLR camera and lens are recommended. Good software will allow you to resize your images later on and spruce them up a little by removing red-eye and adding filters.
Having the ability to import and export a wide range of different file formats is important. Most software can import common file types such as jpeg and bmp but for a professional you may want to import RAW image files directly from your camera. Likewise the ability to output your finished product in High definition, such as Blu-Ray, is equally important. It’s also wise to consider the numerous array of portable media devices than run at different resolutions, such as the ever popular iPhone and iPad. Only the best professional slideshow software support these formats.
Whether you use a PC or a Mac to run your professional slideshow software will make a difference to the options available to you. Most of the best digital slideshow software for the PC will not run on the Mac unless a Windows emulation package is used, such as VMWare, but this defeats the point of having an Apple Mac in the first place. Although Apple Macs do have a lot of great pre-installed photo software such as iMovie and iPhoto, which are part of the iLife suite of software, most professionals and business users will find that they require something that is a little more complete.