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05 April 2012 @ 05:31 pm
Help. I need Help!  
Well, the "I need help" may be self-evident. But I have a specific problem/request/something.

For Creative Writing class, we have an option of creating an "electronic poem." She gave us some examples, some of which are a little frightening. I decided to try doing this, even though it's been pretty well established I'm fail at technology.

What I need is a relatively simple program that I can use to take some of my photos and turn them into a video presentation. This sounds so simple but I can't find any program on the web that will do what I have in mind. It doesn't seem like it should be this hard. I guess part of the problem is that "true" electronic poetry is supposed to have an element of reader interaction - you the reader control the rate or the action, or something.

Most of the samples she gave us were made with Flash, from what I can tell. But even if I could afford the hundreds of dollars it would cost to download Flash, there's no way I would have time (or frankly patience) to figure it out on my own.

Do y'all know of any relatively inexpensive and fairly simple program that will turn photos into a video presentation with an element of interactivity? I know that may be asking a lot?

The example I like the best is here:

in white darkness

The one I make doesn't have to be that complex. But it does need reader input. 

I hope this isn't a stab in the dark. But I can't find one that does what seems to me (the uninitiated) relatively simple. 

Current Mood: confused
Umai Hoshi: Lip Bite (KU)fairyniamh on April 5th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
So, basically what you need is a flash program.


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Are 6 dogs too many?: Belle at Bookstoretkeylasunset on April 5th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! I knew those programs had to be out there. I was looking in the wrong places!!!

I'll keep you posted on the development of the "poem" if it happens.

Thank yo!
--♫ Anna--: bemused Steverocsfan on April 5th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
This is just a guess, but I wonder if you could do enough with PowerPoint? You can make transitions between slides so it looks like they are fading in and fading out.

I have a couple of programs at home that I use for screencaps for my graphics. I think they have video parts, too, and I'll look when I get home. (Shhhh....I'm at work now)
Are 6 dogs too many?: mcdannotkeylasunset on April 5th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
I considered powerpoint but I wasn't sure it would make it "fancy" enough. I may try it though.

Thanks! (And I won't tell a soul you replied at work!!)

--♫ Anna--: Easterrocsfan on April 6th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
I looked over my programs and I don't see anything that would work. I looked at my KMplayer, and it has lots of options that don't make any sense to me (eg, what is "pan and scan"?). I followed that link in the first post and noticed that OpenOffice is one of the programs. I have a friend who uses that and likes it. I also have a friend who uses Picasa from Google, and she did a great slide show with that. Sorry I can't give you personal recommendations! I'm competent with still photos but not the moving ones!
bookaddict43bookaddict43 on April 5th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
Didn't you say you had an Apple? If so you could use iMovie - it has some good effects and is pretty simple to use.
Are 6 dogs too many?: Sang Min Needstkeylasunset on April 5th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm an Apple girl. But as far as I can tell, iMovie only works with videos. I have photos I need to incorporate. It doesn't look like I can make a video out of photos.