I started making slide shows as many people do, to commemorate an important occasion. I wanted to synchronize the photos of my daughter's wedding along with the audio from the ceremony. This was the first time that I had made a slide show and my second-hand computer had some video editing software on it that I started to play with.
I figured out how to add the photos and add the audio. I found the controls to lengthen or shorten the time for the photos. When I started placing transitions between the photos the process became more interesting. I was excited to learn how to add captions. All of these elements were coming together to make a show that told the story of the day but there I was in the middle of the ceremony when the pastor is giving the message and I didn't have much to work with. Even I, as a novice, knew that I wouldn't keep an audience during 3 minutes of audio with one photo.
It was then that I noticed it; a little box with the words "Enable pan and zoom" next to it. I clicked on the box; paid my $20 to unlock this feature in the software and I --- was --- hooked. I thought,"I can do THIS? At home?" THIS was the ability to move the photo back and forth, up and down. THIS was the Ken Burns Effect and it gave me the ability to move still images and create a much more interesting video than just having photos appear on a screen.
Unfortunately, that didn't help me to finish the show (because of software problems) but it truly opened up a whole new world for me. I LOVE to make video slide shows. I hope that the work that I share with you on this blog, or on YouTube or in one of my classes will inspire you to create beautiful, meaningful multimedia presentations whether you are doing them yourself, or allowing me to make them for you.