Microsoft Photo Story is a free software program by Microsoft for the Windows operating system that can be used to turn digital camera photos and pictures into small videos. It is possible to make use of various photo effects, add voice recordings to narrate a story or add explanation to photos or to add background music.
The program itself is easy to use. Each photo story is saved as a project. New projects begin by adding digital camera photos from the hard drive of the computer system to the application. These photos are immediately shown in the interface of Photo Story 3.
The Microsoft Photo Story start screen:
The selected photo is shown in the preview window and photo thumbnails of every other photo that has been added are shown in the thumbnail bar. Basic photo editing options are available to rotate the photo, remove the red eye effect, correct color levels or crop it.
Various effects can be added to the photos after they have been added and edited by the user. This screen does contain the additional option to add text to the photos.
A story can be narrated in the next step. The recording can be started with a click on the red record button. The same configuration screen contains options to customize the motion of each photo in the video.
Music can be added to a set of photos in the last step before the save options become available.
The video can be saved in various formats including. The settings in this step contain profiles for various computer resolutions, but also DVD and Video CD formats, email and Pocket PC and smartphone resolutions that support Media Player 10 Mobile.
Microsoft Photo Story 3 is a free download available from Microsoft (with Genuine Advantage verification). It is a great easy to use software to turn digital camera photos into a video.
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