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Better Software for Vacation Movies & Slide Shows

Techstination feature for Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Making movies and slideshows from those vacation pictures. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Whether you took video with a digital camcorder….or stills with a digital camera…there are plenty of software packages available to help you archive and share those memories on CDs or DVDs. Pinnacle Systems is out with Studio Plus….that can come to the rescue…if the home video you shot…isn't so hot. Product manager Mike Iampietro…

"If you've shot video that is too dark or the colors aren't right or your hand was shaking when you shot it…all these things that might make your video unusable studio actually has tools that will recover that video for you and make it watchable again."

Studio Plus, which sells for 99 dollars.. lets you work with two layers of video…if you want to get adventurous…and add still pictures into the video mix…with the ability to pan and zoom on the photos. It doesn't give you all of the controls of Studio Plus, but Ulead lets you add those same pan and zoom photo effects in its new CD and DVD PictureShow 3. Ulead's Colwin Chan…says the 49 dollar suite, which arrives in stores this month… is designed to let beginners get professional looking results…

"We've implemented what we call instant show theme templates. It will automatically generate a slide show with transition effects, with the pan and zooming motion effects, with music."

Slideshows have come a long way from those old projectors and roll down screens. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.