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Review: "Photo Video Fusion" ProShow Workshop DVD

By Betsy Finn, Cr.Photog., CPP

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While already familiar with Photodex Proshow Gold, after getting to review Proshow Producer for Professional Photographer (review scheduled for April issue), I have to admit I felt a little out of my element. Creating slideshows is easy for me, but integrating still images with video? That’s another thing.

Fortunately, I was also able to get my hands on one of Photodex’s training videos: Photo Video Fusion. The DVD contains 1.5 hours of video tutorials (split into 11 chapters). The average video is about 15 minutes long, so you’ll be able to squeeze your learning sessions in when you have a spare moment.

The training sessions begin by explaining the concept of “fusion”—the blending of video and images to create a complete slideshow production. The DVD does a thorough job of explaining concepts, and I’m pretty sure you’ll find it easy to understand.

If you’re someone who learns best by doing, rather than just hearing or watching things, you will love this workshop DVD. Photodex has included video and image files so that you can follow along with the tutorial and actually do the exercises yourself.

After you learn about fusion, the DVD will help you get a good foundation in editing videos with Photodex. You’ll learn how to work with video, how to trim video files and create video clips, and most important—that videos behave pretty much like individual images (so far as layers, masks, and styles go).

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Images ©Peter Atherton

You’ll get a good idea of how to use masking on a video, how to alter the mood of your show, and how to apply complex motion framesets to video layers. Finally, you’ll get to practice with a “real world” example of fusion, and learn about your options for video output.

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Overall, I enjoyed this training DVD from Photodex. Before going through the workshop tutorials, I was apprehensive about adding video to my slideshow repertoire, but now I’m fully confident I can handle the adventure.

One caveat—the installation process was difficult for me, due to a computer glitch (likely my anti-virus software). Instead of relying on the DVD to auto-install, I had to manually copy and paste the “installer.exe” file on my desktop, and run it from there. According to Photodex’s talented support team, this issue was certainly not widespread, so I would expect most installations to run smoothly.

Fusion Workshop DVD retails for $24.95. For more information, visit Photodex.com.

Betsy Finn, Cr.Photog., CPP, has a portrait studio in Dexter, Michigan, BetsysPhotography.com. She shares tips and ideas for photographers at LearnWithBetsy.com.