You know, a slideshow. Even iPhoto does it. You can do it on iMovie, too. But neither app can create professional grade motion photo slideshows with moving text and sound the way you can do it with this ridiculously named Mac app.
What’s In A Name?
If my memory serves me correctly, Boinx Software had a contest to name their fledgling slideshow to movie maker back in the day. The name that won? FotoMagico.
If a product’s name should be descriptive and memorable, then FotoMagico fits, and is unlikely to be confused with any other photo or media app.
Alright, what does FotoMagico do that’s so special? It takes photos from iPhoto, Aperture, even Lightroom (or any folder of photos) and instantly turns them into a slideshow.
Now, jumping to the end (I’ll get to the ‘how to’ details in a moment), FotoMagico exports the slideshow as a movie fit for displaying on the web, on mobile devices, on DVD, or even on TV through Apple TV.
The end result is a professional level photo slideshow movie with broadcast quality. It’s that good.
Now, how do you get those results? Grab photos from iPhoto or wherever, and drop them onto the FotoMagico timeline. It automatically separates photos, keeps them in order, and makes everything ready for finishing touches.
Use FotoMagico’s self explanatory controls to change the duration of each photo, add a transition between photos, add movement– pan, zoom, tilt– to each photo, and drop in text that also moves (just like on TV commercials).
Single clicks bring up the Storyboard, Timeline, or insert a blank slide into the timeline. You get full control over transitions, including time and type, and text inserts, including font, colors, and more.
Now, get this. FotoMagico also lets you drop in video clips to the timeline, which can add even more dynamic movement to your presentation. As you drop in elements, the app keeps track of the total time, from beginning to end. Select multiple photos and adjust the transitions, duration, and details for all of them at once.
If there’s a weakness, and it’s not much of one, it’s the audio track. FotoMagico really needs an audio scrubber to align photos and transitions to specific spots in the audio waveform.
Otherwise, controls are familiar to anyone who’s used iMovie. Control volume anywhere on the timeline, and view the audio waveform and align photo or graphic elements to match. There’s even an option to move elements according to standard timecode with audio markers.
If you want to go really crazy, FotoMagico can double as a professional level app to create movie clips, TV commercials, and much more. How? Layers and masks. Add up to six layers of photos, videos, or titles, and use the built-in Masks tool to highlight specific elements on a video or photo.
FotoMagico has been around for years. It’ll do basic videos from still photo slideshows in minutes, but it can also bring professional components– transitions, effects, layers, text, sound and a built-in teleprompter for presentations– in ways that just make iPhoto look so 1999.