We’ve been talking a lot about hybrid photography on SCBP lately and for good reason – as people’s consumption technology changes, photographers, journalist, and everyone else must adapt to remain relevant and keep food on the table. Giulio recently posted a video giving you a behind the scenes look at one of his hybrid products, here we’ll talk about some software that can help you get started.
Part of being able to sell yourself as a photographer or photojournalist requires tools to get the job done. If you ever find yourself running a workshop or speaking at an event, then a polished, multimedia rich presentation may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re on a Mac iPhoto already comes with a slideshow maker but it’s considerably under-powered. You could try to create one using Premiere or Final Cut but if you’re just starting out they may be outside of your budget. Enter Boinx Software’s FotoMagico 4 – we got a copy of the latest software and put it through its paces on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
FotoMagico 4 employs a simple to use drag-and-drop interface that works seamlessly with your Mac media libraries: simply point to the media you’ll be using and drag onto the timeline. The interface very closely resembles that which is already found in iPhoto (or iDVD before it) and makes adding transitions as simple as picking out an option (or various options) from a pull-down menu and adding on your timeline.
Individual slides can be slightly edited to include zoom and pan reference points as well as slide length and transition delay. Like in Apple’s bundled suite, you can also add music but FotoMagico 4 allows for interesting blend of still and video in a very easy to navigate drag-and-drop interface.
So why pay $100 for something that so closely resembles Apple’s bundled software? Mainly for the additional control over your project including the ability to layer up to six elements of video, sound, and of course, stills. This means you can add your own watermark, a voice-over, and background music to your presentations. It’s a great upgrade to Apple’s offerings without putting a hurt on your pocket.
FotoMagico 4 also shines in the various output features – with options to have your final presentation formatted for a high-definition television up to an HD projector, all the way down to an iPhone – FotoMagico 4 thinks about not just what you’re presenting, but where you’ll be showing off your work. All items that go far beyond the limitations of the bundle software and for far less than anything offered by Adobe.
Below is a very simple presentation I created walking you through various transition effects.
We’ve said it before, still photography isn’t dead, we’re just witnessing the next way to present it, FotoMagico 4 can help you make that transition. To download a copy or see a much more polished demo, check out the FotoMagico page here.