Photo Story 3
By Dick Evans

PowerPoint is a popular application amongst faculty. We use it to create presentation to
supp...
Obtaining the Software

Photo Story 3 is a free download from Microsoft. 3

I suggest saving it to a folder in My Document...
Click Next




Accept the terms, and then click Next
Click Next to install to the default folder under Program Files
Click Install




Wait a few minutes while the application installs
Click Finish

Photo Story 3 is now installed and ready to use

Getting Started with Photo Story 3

Gather your pictures an...
Click Import Pictures…
Select the pictures, and then click OK
You can move the pictures on the film strip to arrange them in the correct order. When
all pictures have been added, click...
Add titles to each picture, if desired. They text will appear over the pictures. You can
change the look of the picture by...
Next to return to the Add Title window and create a title slide using the tools on the page
like Font and Effect
Click Next to continue
If you have not checked out your headset, click the picture of the microphone and the
wizard will walk you through a proce...
By right-clicking each slide, you can add various effects to the pictures. Right-click the
first slide




Click Custom Mo...
Create Transitions for each slide, saving each one. When finished and previewed, click
Close, then on the main window, cli...
If desired you may add background music, then click Next
I suggest saving for playback on your computer. If you do not want to save in you’re my
Videos folder, Browse to the desir...
Click View your story to see the finished product.

You have successfully created a Photo Story, but you have not saved th...
Locate a or create a folder in which to save the project, then click Save




The project file is saved
Click Exit to leave Photo Story 3

The resulting file is larger than a narrated PowerPoint slide deck. Most of the time is...
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Photo story 3 guide

  1. 1. Photo Story 3 By Dick Evans PowerPoint is a popular application amongst faculty. We use it to create presentation to supplement our lectures. They are easy to create and add a colorful visual component to our talk. Most textbook companies provide pre-made slide decks for each textbook including a number of illustrations from the book. Some use these as is and others use them as a starting point to develop their own. Those using WebCT often post the PowerPoint slide decks on a WebCT lecture or content page for students to review after the lecture. In a nutshell, Photo Story 3 is application which allows you to create a slide presentation made entirely of pictures. You may include narration and animate the pictures. This does not replace a PowerPoint slide deck. However, the files generated by Photo Story 3 are remarkably small in size making them a good fit with WebCT. Here is what Microsoft has to say about Photo Story 3 Bring your digital photos to life with Photo Story 3 for Windows. Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. It's that easy! Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device. Before installing Photo Story 3, make sure your machine meets the requirements to install. These can be found on the Microsoft site. 1 Basically, if you are running Windows XP Photo Story 3 should install and work. You will also need speakers connected and a microphone. Most notebook computers come with both. Many desktops in a business environment are missing speakers including faculty offices. However, even if you have both the speakers and the microphone, I suggest obtaining a headset with a boom microphone. You will find two types; one has two plugs to plug into your sound card found somewhere in the back of your machine. These are often difficult to get to and may not be setup. I suggest finding one that plugs into a USB port. Windows XP will install it automatically and you probably have a front USB port to plug into. I am using The Logitech Premium USB Headset model 356A 2 1 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/sysreqs.mspx 2 http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=103,CONTENTID=10013
  2. 2. Obtaining the Software Photo Story 3 is a free download from Microsoft. 3 I suggest saving it to a folder in My Documents called downloads or on your desktop. When the download is complete, locate the file in your chosen folder and double-click to begin the installation process. Installation Notes If you see this dialog box, click Run 3 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=92755126-a008-49b3-b3f4- 6f33852af9c1&DisplayLang=en
  3. 3. Click Next Accept the terms, and then click Next
  4. 4. Click Next to install to the default folder under Program Files
  5. 5. Click Install Wait a few minutes while the application installs
  6. 6. Click Finish Photo Story 3 is now installed and ready to use Getting Started with Photo Story 3 Gather your pictures and script for your narration and plug in your headset. You are ready to create your first Photo Story. Start > All Programs > Photo Story 3 for Windows Begin a new story > Next
  7. 7. Click Import Pictures…
  8. 8. Select the pictures, and then click OK
  9. 9. You can move the pictures on the film strip to arrange them in the correct order. When all pictures have been added, click Next If you did not use the Remove black borders… button on the previous screen, this warning box gives you the option of doing so now. Click Yes.
  10. 10. Add titles to each picture, if desired. They text will appear over the pictures. You can change the look of the picture by using an Effect. This is way to create a title slide or even add PowerPoint like text to slides. Let’s use the Back button to add a second RIC slide.
  11. 11. Next to return to the Add Title window and create a title slide using the tools on the page like Font and Effect
  12. 12. Click Next to continue
  13. 13. If you have not checked out your headset, click the picture of the microphone and the wizard will walk you through a procedure to make sure you can both record and playback successfully. When ready, with your script in hand, click the record button (button with the small red circle) and begin speaking. To move from one slide to another, click on the next picture. When done, press the stop button (the black square to the right of the record button) When finished, click the first slide on the film strip, and then click Preview to watch the show.
  14. 14. By right-clicking each slide, you can add various effects to the pictures. Right-click the first slide Click Custom Motion > Transition…
  15. 15. Create Transitions for each slide, saving each one. When finished and previewed, click Close, then on the main window, click Next
  16. 16. If desired you may add background music, then click Next
  17. 17. I suggest saving for playback on your computer. If you do not want to save in you’re my Videos folder, Browse to the desired location. The default is full screen viewing. You can save disk space and download time by clicking Settings… and reducing the video size. Click Next Your Story is built
  18. 18. Click View your story to see the finished product. You have successfully created a Photo Story, but you have not saved the project. The end product can not be modified. You must save the project to be able to modify and recreate the end product Click Save Project…
  19. 19. Locate a or create a folder in which to save the project, then click Save The project file is saved
  20. 20. Click Exit to leave Photo Story 3 The resulting file is larger than a narrated PowerPoint slide deck. Most of the time is due to the narration. However, the file generated is a .wmv file playable in any machine having Windows Media Player. PowerPoint is not needed. Click to play the generated movie file By choosing email, the file size is reduced to 740k. The audio quality is not as good and the picture is smaller. However, this is good fit for WebCT. It gets the material to the student in a smaller file—they see the slides and hear the narration.

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