Ever since I visited thetravelphotographer.blogspot… on Tewfic El-Sawy's famous blog of the same name. I have been obsessed with doing multimedia slide shows; simply because it is more appealing.
Many websites (flickr, picasa to name the most famous) do allow slideshows of photographs BUT they (as far as I know) do not allow FREE multimedia slideshow uploads. Whereas www.lightstalkers.org does allow this, it restricts the number of photographs to 50. So in my meanderings I finally reached the doors of YOUTUBE.
I have since uploaded two multimedia slideshows onto YOUTUBE and the way I have done it is rather labyrinthine and torturous...
a) I first convert my jpegs to PNG in PS3.
b) Import the same into Windows movie maker.
c) Choose appropriate FREE music clips in mp3 format and download it. Edit the music in FREE music editing software (Audacity) to get down to the same length as the slideshow and finally import it into Windows Movie maker. Fine tune.
d) Save the multimedia slideshow from Windows Movie maker as a WMV file.
e) YOUTUBE unfortunately does NOT accept WMV format so now I convert it to MP4 format using a FREE converter (ULTRA MP4)
f) Now it is ready for upload.
Pretty tough going for a 57yr old.
My slide shows are here (Chatt puja here www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH3aPe… and the more recent on HOLI - in Kalimpong here www.youtube.com/watch?v=emaIE9…).
Whereas I rejoice in that YOUTUBE allows it a) FREE and b) There is no limit to the number of photos or slideshows I can upload but I do believe that videos on YOUTUBE do undergo some deterioration and the same is also true when I convert it from one file format to another.
So my question is:- Is there is a better way of doing multimedia slideshows and here is the catch; it should be FREE!!
And may I leave you with a great multimedia piece; have a look at this