Lights, camera, action! That’s traditional filmmaking. When comes to recreation slideshow making, it is easy, just shoot, swap, and record!
My first attempt at digital video was in 2008. It was a mere 5 minutes video created using tools that came with the PC. It was my first experience creating a training video with a PowerPoint slide where I was presenting (a feature called picture in picture).
Fast forward to 2018, ten years later, I find myself falling in love with recreation video slideshow creation. I am not talking about serious filmmaking with the creation of scenes, special effects filming and editing. I am talking about using rich media that we captured by the mobile, such as pictures, videos and audio, leveraging technology to string them together. Perhaps we already have seen how Facebook, iPhone Photos and Google Photos have ‘pushed’ slideshow with pictures grouped by dates or location to us, ever so often.
The latest craze is to make use of devices such as GoPro action camera and camera drone to capture exciting videos. You don’t need to be a technical wizard with a big budget in order to create a great video slideshow. Our class isn’t about learning the features and functions of the software and the menus, shortcuts and buttons. It’s about creating an artistic slideshow, working with rich media like pictures, collages, videos, music, etc. Instead of letting technology do things for us, let’s take charge and do things with technology. You are the director behind creativity and the one who tells the story and completes the moving ‘jigsaw’! This is the modern democratisation of technology that empowers everybody with a smartphone.
The art of the possible is only limited by imagination. We can create collages based on pictures of similar themes. We can compose a song (using GarageBand application) and accompany the song lyrics (as caption). We can interlace a video with pictures and quotations. The ease to share via social media, meaningful URL, QRcode, etc. all make it fun for us to keep our loved ones and the potential global audience entertained with our video slideshows.
With the evolvement of mobile technology and the ease of generation of rich media content, the sky is the limit. Seize this opportunity to create your very own video slideshow! Now or never!