Creating a Looping Video Slideshow Display

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Looping video display

Whether you’re a real estate agent or other small business owner, you may find yourself needing to play a slideshow on a display for potential clients.  Maybe it’s for a tradeshow or maybe it’s for the walls of your office to play a loop of current ‘for sale’ homes.

Whatever your needs, ProShow slideshow tools make it easy to create custom, looping displays you can play anywhere on any screen.

Here are some tips to get you on the road to making a professional and polished video for your display.

1. Go Widescreen:  Pretty much all displays now-a-days are widescreen. Make sure that when you’re setting up your slideshow in ProShow, or any other slideshow tool, that you have the show size set to Widescreen rather than 4:3. In ProShow, you can find this under Show Options > Show Settings > Aspect Ratio. 

2. Keep it Simple:  When making a slideshow for a display where people will be walking past or viewing in passing, keeping the visuals simple is the best way to go. Yes, many modern slideshow applications have all sorts of cool effects and animations built-in but control yourself!  J  The end goal is to show off your listing. So, simple zooms, crossfade transitions and easy-to-read captions (try to avoid a script font since it’s hard to read from a few feet away) are the best way to go.

3. Audio and Soundtrack Considerations:  Usually a low volume soundtrack (that can be muted if need be) in the background of your slideshow is the best way to go. If you’re depending on a voiceover to help sell your product, you could run into trouble. People at busy events normally spend just a few minutes observing your booth or display so a voiceover explanation of your product or service just won’t have time to catch their attention and convey your message.

4. Loop It: In an office, tradeshow booth or window display you’ll want to make sure your video is able to loop. The easiest way to make your video loop in ProShow is to add a menu and include the option to ‘loop show’. You’ll see the loop option for any type of menu you create. Many TV’s also allow you to manually loop a video through the TV’s menu.

5. Output Format and Quality: What type of display will you be presenting your slideshow on?  A flat screen TV? A projector? Whatever your method of display, you’ll want to output an HD video to get the best quality possible. For the best results, burn a Blu-ray disc of your slideshow and playback on a Blu-ray player or Playstation 3.

Don’t have a Blu-ray burner? Create a 1080p HD MPEG 2 video and hook up a laptop to play the video directly from your laptop to the HDTV screen.  Of course before hand, test playback to make sure everything looks perfect and you have all the right components, wires and parts you need to make it happen!

So there are some of my top tips for creating and displaying a photo slideshow at your next event or for your office. If you're looking for a great slideshow tool, check out ProShow. It's free to try and creates professional video slideshows.

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  2. Cheryl Ritchie 02/06/2012 05:30 AM
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Nicole Needham
Needham Realty - Winters, CA
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Amanda,

Thanks for posting about this product. This is something i can use. I can't wait to try it.

 

Jan 06, 2012 05:38 PM #1
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Amanda - I've always wondered how that was done, and now I know.  Thanks for letting us know what product we can use to make a looped show.

Jan 06, 2012 05:41 PM #2
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Amanda Eddy
Photodex - Austin, TX

Sure thing Laura and Nicole, thanks for taking a read! :)

Jan 06, 2012 05:43 PM #3
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Great tips. Thanks  or posting such useful ideas. Great bookmark, too!

Jan 08, 2012 04:39 AM #4
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Jimmy Phan
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY IN MOORESVILLES, NC - Hickory, NC
Phan real estate group in hickory

wonderful post Amanda

absolutely will try it out

will bookmark for future reference and will reblog to help others as well

best 12 Amanda

jimmy phan

Jan 08, 2012 10:12 AM #5
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Leonard Ruiz
Evergreen Realty, Homesmart - Chino, CA

Thank you Amanda, great information on something I'd like to try.

Jan 08, 2012 02:45 PM #6
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Chris Lewis
Gracious Living Realty - Front Royal, VA
I want to SELL your home, not LIST it!
Good tips to bear in mind. A looped slideshow with commentary can also be useful at open houses.
Jan 08, 2012 02:57 PM #7
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Luis Iniguez
Option One Real Estate - Fontana, CA
Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent

Looks like a great product.  I will do some research on this.

Jan 08, 2012 05:51 PM #8
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices

Amanda - I have it for 3 years now. Good product. Easy to create stunning slideshows.

Jan 08, 2012 06:32 PM #9
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Amanda Eddy
Photodex - Austin, TX

Cool to hear you use ProShow too Jon! :)

Jan 08, 2012 06:33 PM #10
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Bill Cullen
REMAX Absolute Realty Inc. - Ottawa, ON

I also use ProShow Producer. For real estate I like to keep it simple, since I think "flashy" transitions and effects distract from the images of the property. I like to zoom in or out and pan. Adding some suitable music and some text brings it all together.

However, I've done wedding and travel slideshows too and that's when the cooler transitions and effects really shine.

Thanks for the tip on looping.

Jan 08, 2012 09:41 PM #11
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Jonathan Fishman
Stonehenge Partners - Manhattan, NY

Animoto.com is a great tool that helps with converting photos to animated video. Highly recommend the tool.

Jan 08, 2012 10:45 PM #12
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Gustavo Torres / Rosarito Beach, Tijuana & Ensenada, Baja
Remax Baja Realty - Chula Vista, CA
Remax Baja Realty, Baja California

Great Information Amanda

I will share it with all my agents!

Gustavo

Feb 04, 2012 02:30 AM #13
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Andrew Mooers
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The audio should be the natural, actual sound from the setting. No talking for the Charlie Brown's teacher effect that you can not distinguish but sounds of the river, birds singing if close and stop to see what the motion is all about. Don't waste the audio as that is where the imagaination kicks in and it adds to the experience, connection, engagement big time.

Feb 04, 2012 10:06 AM #14
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Greg Gillespie
Crye-Leike Realtors - Tupelo, MS
CRS TN & MS - Broker

Thanks for the post. I will have to check it out to.

Feb 06, 2012 04:28 AM #15
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I reblogged with this caption!

I have this product but have not used it in a very long time. I remember the service was good and it was intuitive. Sounds like with these tips in hand I need to pull it back up and give it another whirl. I like the how to items mentioned below!

Feb 06, 2012 05:31 AM #16
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Very interesting.  I have not explored this product yet, but will have to check it out.  Thanks for the update.

Feb 06, 2012 06:54 AM #17
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Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
Arizona Agents

Amanda This is a great Idea. This would work great for a open house showing the surrounding areas. Shopping/schools/thing to do/Etc good luck in 2012.  E

Feb 06, 2012 07:17 AM #18
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Amanda Eddy
Photodex - Austin, TX

Thanks guys! Glad this was helpful! 

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