Slideshow production companies are popping up all over the internet. People are taking their pictures, negatives, slides, and videos, and placing them on CD’s, DVD’s, or VHS for personal use and for gifts for all occasions. People everywhere are hiring professional slideshow production companies to make wedding slideshows for receptions, graduation slideshows, anniversary slideshows, birthday slideshows, memorial service slideshows, vacation slideshows, holiday slideshows, and just about ‘anything you can think of’ slideshows. But how do you know which slideshow company to choose?
It use to be that when we took our photos of our special occasions: weddings, vacations, reunions, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, family, friends, pets and so on, that we’d get the photos developed and place them in a photo album or a shoe box. A couple of our very favorites would be placed in frames. But, the photo album or shoebox would then sit on a shelf or under a bed or in a closet or somewhere where they’d be neglected and hardly ever looked at. In the meantime the photos themselves are drying out, cracking, and turning yellow. When we do go to look at them they’re never as good as we remember because they’ve aged.
Placing our photos on CD, DVD, or VHS preserves the photos forever. They will never crack, fade, yellow, or get damaged. Future generations can enjoy the same quality in a hundred years as we can today.
Turning your photos into slide shows, video albums, or photo montages makes the photos fun to watch. and more people will enjoy viewing them with you. So how do you know if you’ve found a quality slideshow company? An important rule of thumb to remember is, “If the price seems too good to be true, then it usually is”. No real slide show creating company can give you quality work without putting quality time into it. The less the price, the less the amount of time going into it. You might as well go buy yourself the cheapest slide show software you can find and do it yourself.
A quality slideshow creating company has invested thousands of dollars to be able to produce the highest quality work for the consumer. And they will spend the time needed to clean up your photos and create a quality CD, DVD or VHS that you can be proud of.
The more time a company puts into creating your slideshow, the higher the cost of that slide show. Of course a higher price doesn’t always mean better, there will always be those who overcharge. When comparing prices, don’t forget to compare the contents of the package. This will make a tremendous difference in the pricing and the quality of the slideshow you receive. But don’t fall for bogus charges such as transition charges. What are slideshows without transitions? So shop around, compare prices, packages, and view some slide show samples.
Viewing samples is very important to choosing your company. If you’re satisfied with just the simple fade-in, fade-out photomontage style slideshows, then you have a lot to choose from. If you want something fun, exciting, emotional, creative and unique, then there’s very little to choose from. Your memories are precious and your slide shows should reflect each occasion in a unique and creative way. To a true slide show creator, such as Sandra Clukey with Sands of Time Multimedia Creations, creating quality slideshows is comparative to an artist who is creating yet another masterpiece: each one is unique, creative, evokes emotion, no two are exactly alike, and all are worthy of displaying to everyone you know.
Another popular… and economical… option is to use a service such as Animoto to create your slideshow yourself. They have a free option plus a couple of more advanced packages, that allow you to upload your photos, add a music track and set it al lto some cool video-templates, and then just click a button and wait for your video slideshow to be rendered.
It’s a quick, cheap and very flexible. Check out Animoto slideshow videos here.