How to Make a Slideshow

How to Make a Slideshow

By Discovery Center Team

Learning how to make a video slideshow can be one of the simplest and most rewarding projects you can create in VideoStudio. Using a combination of photos, audio, animation, and text you can create professional and engaging presentations for a variety of uses. Make a video slideshow of your dream vacation, a wedding or birthday, or even a business presentation that seals the deal. Whatever your audience, making a video slideshow can impress and entertain your audience. In this tutorial you will learn how to adjust project settings, gather content for your slideshow, customize your transition effects, and finalize the project by creating a DVD of your slideshow. VideoStudio makes it easy!

You will learn how to:

  • Adjust project settings.
  • Gather content for the slideshow.
  • Customize transition effects.
  • Export the project as a DVD slideshow.


What you will learn:

• Adjusting project settings
• Gathering content for the slideshow
• Customizing transition effects
• Exporting the project as a DVD slideshow

Adjusting settings
Before starting the project, change a few default settings.

1. Click Settings menu > Preferences.
2. Click the Edit tab.
3. Set the Default photo/color duration control to 8. The default duration is 3 seconds, but for this tutorial, the duration of each image is 8 seconds.
4. Set the Default transition effect duration control to 2.
5. Check the Automatically add transition effect option box.
6. Click on OK to apply the changes.


Gathering content
Now, add the slideshow content.

1. Click the Show Library Panel Navigation button .
2. Click the Add a new folder button, and name the folder Slideshow.

3. Click the Import Media Files button.

The Browse media files dialog box appears.



4. Select images to include in the slideshow, and click OK. Thumbnails of the images appear in the Slideshow folder.

5. Position your cursor over a thumbnail, right-click, and choose Insert To Video Track.


6. On the Toolbar, click the Fit project in Timeline window button. Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 applies the set clip duration and randomized transition effects to the images.
7. Click the Video Track, press Ctrl key + A to select all the images.


8. Right-click any image in the Video Track, and choose Auto Pan & Zoom. Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 applies randomized pan and zoom effects to the images.


Customizing the applied effects
1. Right-click any image in the Video Track, and choose Open Options Panel.
2. In the Options panel, click Customize. The Pan & Zoom dialog box appears.
3. Adjust the starting and ending key frames to customize the Pan & Zoom effect.
4. Click OK.


Exporting the project as a DVD slideshow
1. Click the Share tab to open the Share step panel.
2. Click Create Video File, and choose DVD Slideshow (4:3) or DVD Slideshow (4:3).
3. In the Create Video File dialog box, name the slideshow, and click Save.


Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (6)

  • Nate Reply

    Is there a max for the file size of an image and will it playback at the highest res it was taken at?

    April 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Nate,

      The maximum resolution that VideoStudio will export in is 4K, AKA 3840 x 2160 lines or 8.3 megapixels in a 16:9 format.

      However, when selecting a video format and resolution, it is important to consider what you will be playing it on. If you are planning on using the 4K resolution, make sure your monitor or the DVD player & TV you are using are capable of displaying 4K resolutions! While televisions and monitors with that resolution are becoming more common, the most common size these days is 1080p, or 1920 x 1080 lines. Some devices will scale a 4K signal down to display, but many will simply not understand the input and will either display nothing, or an error message.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      April 9, 2018 at 6:44 pm
  • Dwayne Moore Reply

    I recently received and installed VideoStudio Pro X10. Before investing a lot of time making a slideshow I wanted to make sure that I could make a
    DVD that would play on a DVD player attached to any TV set. I searched the User Guide but I do not see anything that tells me it can be done. Please
    tell me how to do this.

    Thank You

    September 17, 2017 at 11:11 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Dwayne,

      Once you finished have your video project (or slideshow!), pop a blank DVD into your disc drive, and click the Share tab at the top of the VideoStudio window. From there, just select the disc icon in right half of the window, and then select “DVD”. this will open up a new window with some additional editing options. Just add your media using the prompts, add any menus or previews you might want, and finally, use the Output tab to burn your DVD!

      Hope this helps,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      September 25, 2017 at 12:11 am
  • Murray Smith Reply

    A very good tutorial. Even though I’ve been making slideshows for the last several years, I still picked up one little tip I wasn’t aware of. One caution however. If you decided to burn your slideshow onto a DVD to share, if you are using the plain DVD format it works well; however, if you want to take advantage of high resolution photos or videos and large screens, you need to burn the DVD in AVCHD format. This produces excellent results. Unfortunately even Videostudio X10 still has a glitch that prevents some files from creating AVCHD videos. Corel doesn’t know the source of the problem as of this date. Try it anyway. If it works, the results are fantastic! I show mine on a 60″ wall mounted TV and they are great!

    May 12, 2017 at 8:45 am
  • Goran Reply

    How to make panning / zooming to inserted photos on timeline?

    October 25, 2016 at 3:58 am

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