iTunes? Too cluttered. iPhoto gets used often, but many of us who have used it for years often long for it to do more. If you’re ready for professional grade photo slideshows with video, audio, and moving text, then you’re ready for an app you can love.
Static Photos That Move
We’ve reviewed FotoMagico a few times in the past. It’s one of few professional-level slideshow apps for the Mac that combine photos, videos, audio, and text.
It takes only a few minutes to realize that FotoMagico is the brainchild of a photographer, not an app developer looking to make a quick buck.
FotoMagico brings a unique interface to slideshow creation. Drag and drop photos, video clips, text, music and sound to create a full-fledged motion production with high precision tools.
The right sidebar panel gives you granular controls over transitions, images, movies, titles, audio clips, and more.
The timeline at the bottom of FotoMagico’s screen displays both audio and video, as well as photos, and transitions.
Drag and drop media components onto the timeline and re-arrange as needed. Click the Options menu to add a transition.
Drop video clips, static photos, audio clips onto the timeline and move about with drag and drop ease.
Controls for each component are detailed but mostly self explanatory.
Select the Transition tool, select the type of transition, set the duration with a slider bar (even add a custom color).
Photos in the timeline can be controlled from the same interface, including border color and width, animation, and visibility. Even add a watermark.
FotoMagico even includes controls to enhance video clips within the slideshow. Titles are easily dropped onto the timeline and overlaid on photos. Choose fonts, size, and animation.
Two dial controls give you zoom and rotation capability in real-time for photos and videos. The dual pane displays the beginning of an image or video and the finish so panning and zooming across media elements is smooth and slick.
Final productions can be shared on YouTube, sent to iTunes, converted for the web, exported as full quality video, or compressed for iPhone and iPad.
If you’re stymied by iPhoto, and find iMovie convoluted for creating slideshows which mix media, FotoMagico is a good choice. It’s one of those rare non-Apple Mac apps which is a joy to use, and gets better with each version.
Therein lies the only rub. The latest FotoMagico is more capable and costs less than the previous version. There is a trial-before-you-buy version, and it’s available from the Mac App Store, too. Oddly, there’s no upgrade option for owners of previous versions.