Create photo and video DVD slideshows
- Nice design
- Easy enough for beginners
- Includes templates and transition effects
- Exports to a variety of formats
- Strange behavior in some functions
There's no better way to share your photos than creating a video with them, using eye-catching transition effects and background music to captivate your audience.
This is precisely what you can do with Movie Story, an excellent photo DVD authoring tool that makes the whole creative process easy enough for beginners. Movie Story is actually a new, rebranded version of Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder, which has been upgraded for better stability and video processing performance.
Movie Story features a dark yet elegant interface divided into several tabs, each one of them dedicated to a certain task: creating the slideshow, selecting a template for the DVD menu, previewing the result and recording it to any of the supported formats and platforms: DVD, VCD, SVCD, HD video file, MPG, 3GP, WMV, AVI, MPEG and more.
The good thing about Movie Story is that it includes a lot of ready-to-use material, such as menu templates and transition effects, that help to get you started. Also, the tabbed interface and minimalist menus make it really easy to use, even if this is the first time you're creating a photo slideshow.
On the downside, the program had quite a strange behavior during our tests: I didn't have access to a proper timeline (I mean, one that shows all the images inside the slideshow as thumbnails), the template selection menu didn't work properly (it only showed a blank window) and the preview window sometimes turned the image upside down for no apparent reason. It wasn't very clear if this was the expected behavior or if I was just having some kind of incompatibility issue – in which case I'd have liked Movie Story to tell me.
In all, Movie Story is a great photo DVD authoring tool, especially recommended for beginners who look for an easy, intuitive program.