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  • 1. A Guide to Creating Learning with Microsoft Photo Story 3A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 2. You can download MS Photo Story 3 here1) Opening Photo Story: To begin a new story, open Photo Story by clicking on the Startmenu, point to All Programs, and then click Photo Story 3 for Windows.2) On the Welcome page, click Begin a new story, and then click Next.3) Import and arrange the pictures you want in your Photo Story by clicking on ImportPictures. In the File Browser dialog box, browse to the location of your pictures i.e. MyDocumentsMy Pictures.A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 3. 4) Highlight the pictures you want to import into Photo Story and click on Import Pictures.You can add more than one picture at a time by pressing and holding the CTRL key and clickon the pictures you want to add, and then click OK.5) Now arrange the pictures in the order you want them to appear by dragging and droppingthem along the filmstrip at the bottom of the screen, as shown in the screen shot.The filmstrip in Photo Story is the place to make changes to your pictures and story. As wellas dragging and dropping the pictures into a new or required sequence, you can forexample; click a picture in the filmstrip and click Edit to change the appearance of thepicture by rotating it, adjusting the colour, fixing red eye or adding effects. You can alsoA Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 4. right-click a picture in the filmstrip to perform these actions. Try adding an effect to one ofthe pictures to see what they look like.6) When you are finished making changes to your pictures, click Next to continue. 7) Adding a title to your pictures: With Photo Story 3 you can add text to a picture tocreate a title for your story. To do this, click the first picture, and give it a title e.g. my firstphotostory, in the text box to the right of the picture. To change the look and colour of the text, click the Select Font button in the Font dialogbox, in the dialog box you can now change many aspects of the text, including the Fontstyle, the colour in case you need the text to be in a contrasting colour, you can also clickBold to emphasise the text, when you are happy with the look, click OK. By using the Text Align buttons you can also move the text within the picture to where itcan have the best effect e.g. click the Align Top button to move the title up on the page.You can now repeat the above steps on all the pictures which require a title and experimentwith different text styles, sizes, and alignments, using the different formatting buttons. On this page you can also create custom pan and zoom effects which can add enormouslyto the effectiveness of Photo Story as a learning tool, you can for example get the image tozoom onto an area of the picture to focus on the key part of an operation.8) When you have finished adding text to your pictures, click Next.A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 5. 9) Narrating your pictures: Adding a narration to your Photo Story can add to itseffectiveness as a learning tool by emphasising the key learning points. To add narration toyour story you need to have a working microphone attached to your computer and set upcorrectly. A wizard will help you set up your microphone to record narration. There is also atext input area to create cue cards which can be a helpful memory aid when narrating yourpictures. Alternatively if you are using pre-written storyboards you could enter thestoryboard number here to link the Photostory to the storyboard.To add narration to your story, click the Microphone button. Initially this may launch theSound Hardware Test Wizard. Complete the wizard by following the onscreen instructions.Once you have completed the wizard, your microphone should be ready to record narration;you should not need to repeat this set up procedure in future.Now click on a picture in the filmstrip, and add any desired text in the cue card area. If youare using a storyboard with the text already written you can ignore the cue card area. Click the Record Narration button to start recording narration. The red dot in the recordbutton will flash indicating recording is taking place. A timer is provided to help you keeptrack of your narration length; however narration cannot exceed 5 minutes for each picture. 10) When you have finished narrating the picture, click the Stop Recording button. You cannow repeat the process for all the pictures you want to narrate. Once you have addednarration, click the first picture in the filmstrip, and then click Preview to see how your storylooks and sounds.A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 6. 11) You can now close the preview window, and click Next to continue to the next step,which is adding background music.11) Adding background music: If you do not need to add narration to an image or the PhotoStory itself you can add music by using Windows Media Audio (WMA), MP3, or WAV files orby using the Create Music option to create custom music that suites your story and taste.Alternatively you can use existing commercial music files but make sure you havepermission to use these from the relevant bodies. To add pre-recorded music to your storyclick on the Add background music page, then click the first picture in the filmstrip and thenclick Select Music.A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 7. 12) On the File Open dialog box, browse to the relevant location of your music files i.e. MyMusic Sample Music, click on the relevant file e.g. Beethovens Symphony No9(Scherzo).wma, and then click Open. The music you just added is shown as a coloured barabove the picture in the filmstrip. This helps you determine which pictures will be shown foreach piece of music you add. This is particularly helpful when you add more than one songto your story.13) Photo story also allows you to create your own music for your story to begin the processclick on a picture in the film strip, and then click Create Music. In the Create Music dialogbox, in the Genre drop-down list, scroll down and select Soundtrack. In the Style drop-down list, select a style i.e. Soundtrack: Mysterious Cave. You can leavethe default Bands and Moods, or choose different ones.A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 8. 14) Click Play to hear what the music will sound like. When the music has finished playing,click OK to close the Create Music dialog box. There are now two different pieces of musicshown as coloured bars above the pictures in the filmstrip. Click the first picture in thefilmstrip, and click Preview, to see how well your music fits the story.You may need to adjust the music volume levels to accommodate your narration. To do this,simply click the picture in the filmstrip and then adjust the music volume using the volumeslider bar. You may need to adjust the volume and preview your story a few times to get itjust right.15) Click Next, to move on to the final steps. 16) Saving your story: When you save your photo story, all the pictures, narrations, andmusic are compiled into a video file that you can be viewed in Windows Media Player. Youcan also save the file in other formats or upload the original file to a conversion website and convert it to MP4 format so it can be used on any MP4 player likeApple’s iPod series, in this case you can just use the default options when saving your photostory.17) To save your photo story for playback on your computer, on the Save your story page,verify that Save your story for playback on your computer is selected in the activities list.A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011
  • 9. Click Browse to specify the location and the file name of your story. On the Save As dialogbox, browse to My DocumentsMy Videos. In the Filename text box, type a file name i.e.My First Story.wmv. Click Save, and then click Next.18) Viewing your story: When your story is built and saved, the Completing Photo Story 3for Windows page will appear. You can view your newly created story or begin a new storyfrom here. To see what you have created, click View your story. Windows Media Player willopen and your story will begin to play.Congratulations you have now created your first Photo Story learning resource.A Guide to Creating Photo Story for Learning-DR-RSC-SWUpdated TM June 2011