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Best Photo Slideshow Software for Windows 8

It feels quite fresh to view your great photos in a slideshow way. A slideshow helps to turn your still photos into dynamic movie with music, transitions, effects, and more. With so many photo slideshow programs available on the Internet, creating slideshow is just a piece of cake. However, regarding various factors you may take into consideration, like reliability, speed, output options, theme templates, sharing options, photo editing features, etc., it is no easy task to create a satisfying slideshow. In this post, I’d like to share the best photo slideshow software for Windows 8 – DVD photo slideshow professional developed by Socusoft.

This Windows 8 slideshow software covers almost all features of its competitors. It lets you make a slideshow of your favorite photos in several simple steps. You just add and organize photos, add background music, apply transitions, choose album theme, select DVD menu template, specify output format, then an exquisite slideshow with your favorite style will be created within minutes.

Now let me show how you can easily and quickly make a photo slideshow movie or burn a photo slideshow DVD using this slideshow software for Windows 8.

Create Photo Slideshow on Windows 8

1. Download and install DVD Photo Slideshow Professional onto your Windows 8 computer

DVD Photo Slideshow Professional is fully compatible with Windows 8.

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In the main interface, you will see there are 3 main steps to create photo slideshow using this Windows 8 Slideshow Maker: Organize Photos, Choose Menus, and Burn Disc.

2. Add and organize photos

Click File -> New Project to create a new slideshow project. Then you can drag and drop photos from your computer hard drive to the project.

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When the photos are imported, you can rotate, add blank images, adjust exposure, arrange slide order, set album thumbnail, etc.

Double click the single photo, and you will go to the Photo Configuration window. There, you can apply transition effect, specify transition duration and photo duration, set Pan & Zoom, add text, insert ArtClips, add subtitle, adjust brightness and contrast, etc. for each photo.

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3. Add background music

Go to the Transition & Music tab, and you will be able to apply transitions and add background music.

Windows 8 slideshow software with music and transitions

Learn how to make a slideshow with music.

4. Select album theme

In the Album Theme tab, you can choose a theme template for the current album. There are dozens of templates for you to choose from. You can easily find one to create birthday slideshow, Christmas slideshow, Thanksgiving slideshow, wedding slideshow, valentine slideshow, vacation slideshow, and more.

Switch to the Album Preview tab, click the Play button, and you will check out the real effects of your slideshow.

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5. Choose DVD menu (for DVD burning purpose)

If you have built more than one album, and you are going to burn your slideshow to DVD, it is strongly suggested that you select a menu for your slideshow DVD for better playback control. There are also a great numbers of menu templates of choice, like for wedding, memorial, scenery, collage, Christmas, Easter, vacation, sports, party, etc.

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You can also customize background music, background images, menu navigator, font, etc. for the menu.

6. Output slideshow

When your slideshow is ready, you can choose to either burn the slideshow to DVD/Blu-ray discs or encode the slideshow into video files. This Windows 8 Slideshow Maker offers a list of optimized output profiles for your choice. You can easily create slideshow for playing on popular mobile devices like iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, Android, Archos, PSP or for uploading to YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

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DVD Photo Slideshow is also available for Mac OS X users.

Learn more about DVD Photo Slideshow for Mac.

How to Create Music Slideshow Video

Slideshow is a distinctive way to show your favorite photos to your family and friends. By turning the still photos into dynamic slideshow video, you can enjoy your great photos just like watching a movie. Beside, you will be able to transfer the slideshow video to mobile devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, etc. for playing on the go, or upload the slideshow video to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. for sharing online.

A slideshow without music is much too boring. Add your favorite music to the slideshow for playing in the background, and you will bring your slideshow to a higher level. It is also suggested that you choose the music that best matches the theme of the slideshow. For instance, if you are going to make a slideshow in celebration of someone’s birthday, you should focus on birthday songs such as Happy Birthday to You, Birthday, Time of Your Life, etc. Likewise, for a wedding slideshow, you may select wedding songs like Me and You, With This Ring, From This Moment, I Say A Little Prayer, etc. as the background music.

DVD Photo Slideshow is a pretty good tool to create photo slideshow with music. This slideshow creator helps to make music slideshow video with ease. Besides, you are allowed to apply transitions, choose album theme, specify photo duration and transition duration, set Pan & Zoom effects, add text, insert artclips, and more to personalize your slideshow.

Here, let me show you how to make slideshow with music using DVD Photo Slideshow.

1. Download and install DVD Photo Slideshow onto your computer

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2. Add photos

3. Add music

After the photos are added, switch to the “Transition & Music” tab to set background music for your slideshow.

Click the “Add” button to import one or several songs from your computer hard drive into the “Background music” panel, where you will see the total length of the music.

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Note: DVD Photo Slideshow only accepts music files in mp3, wma or wav format.

If you don’t want to set the whole song as the background music, you can click the “Trim” button to get the specific part of the music. In the “Trim Audio” window, you can click the “Start to trim” and “Stop to trim” button to clip the audio file during the playback.

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DVD Photo Slideshow also allows you to extract tracks from an audio CD as background music for the slideshow. You just insert the audio CD into the disc drive, and then click the “Ripper” button to go to the “Import Audio CD Tracks” window. You can even click the “Record” button to record your own narration from microphone as the background sound.

Make Photo Slideshow on Mac

There are various reasons to make a photo slideshow, like birthday, wedding, graduation, party, funeral, and so on. Compared with showcasing the sheer pictures, slideshow tells a lot more to your audiences, bringing your photos to life.

You may wonder which is an ideal photo slideshow program. Considering all the factors that you may highlight while choosing photo slideshow software, I highly recommend DVD Photo Slideshow from Socusoft. DVD Photo Slideshow is available for both Windows and Mac users. While there is slight difference between the Windows version and the Mac version, the main features of both versions of DVD Photo Slideshow are the same.

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Here, I’d like to focus on the Mac version of DVD Photo Slideshow.

With this Mac Slideshow Creator, you can easily make a slideshow of your favorite photos within minutes. You can add songs to the slide show and create music slideshows with ease. You can set the slide duration and transition duration randomly. Besides, there are lots of transitions, menu templates and theme styles of choice. A set of theme templates helps you create birthday slideshows, wedding slideshows, Christmas slideshows, and more in a snap.

Create slidshow on Mac

DVD Photo Slideshow for Mac lets you either encode the slideshow into MP4 or MOV video files or burn the slideshow onto DVD discs.

DVD Photo Slideshow for Mac is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks.

How to Make Photo Slideshow with Music on Mac

To create music slideshow on Mac, the only tool you need is DVD Photo Slideshow for Mac. With this Mac slideshow maker, you can easily add one or more songs to your slideshow project. It even lets you create music slideshows for your favorite songs by perfectly matching the slideshow with the song. When the music slideshow is ready, you can choose to play it on your Mac, encode it to MP4 or MOV movie, and even burn it to DVD disc.

How to Make Photo Slideshow with Music on Mac