FotoMagico is a very simple to use professional slide show creator that lets you build slide shows for importing into your video editing projects as well as for playback on YouTube, DVD, and other playback mediums. While you can also create slide shows with a video editing tool, FotoMagico 3.5 is a pure play slide show creator that enables you to take your high resolution photographs and video and add transitions, titles, movies and audio very easily. The interface is easy to navigate, with start and finish main windows, a timeline where you lay down your media, and a bin on the right side of the screen where you can access your media.
FotoMagico's interface is clean and easy to navigate
Getting media to the timeline is a simple drag and drop affair. Once your images are on the timeline, you can make adjustments to each individual image by clicking the image. The image will appear in the Start/Finish window with an adjustment box that you drag to tweak how you want the image to move in the slideshow. You can zoom and rotate the image, set the duration that you wish the slide to appear on screen, add a transition and set its duration, pan and zoom, and under the Window pull down, you can get information on the image (provided it was captured with a digital camera), that will tell you what type it is, when it was shot, with what type of camera, exposure, focal length, and ISO speed. There are also controls for adjusting the flesh tones as well as the lightness and darkness of the image. Once you are done tweaking the individual image, hit the play button and FotoMagico will play the changes that you made to the image.
When you’ve finished creating your slide show, your next step is to Share the show. FotoMagico offers a variety of sharing capabilities, including saving the slideshow as a standalone player, which enables the show to be viewed on any Macintosh computer; save to HD video for importing into your video editing timeline, DVD, Web Movie, YouTube video, iPod Movie, iPhone movie, Apple movie, Apple TV movie, Screen saver, and QuickTime or MPEG 4 movie. When you choose a specific share feature, FotoMagico will detail what the quality of that choice will be. The quality ranges from poor to excellent.
FotoMagico offers a lot of features to create compelling slideshows with images as well as video, and it is very easy to use. The application is available as a standalone tool as well as a plug in for Final Cut Pro and After Effects.