Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 4 is a very powerful and fast, easy to use piece of software for creating professional looking slideshows!
I have used numerous slideshow creation programs over the years and some are very easy, some are complicated, some have very limited features while others have lots. After using Ashampoo’s Slideshow Studio HD 4 I can confidently say that so far this has to be the easiest, fastest, uncomplicated and packed with a variety of features that I have used to date! I created my first professional looking slideshow in minutes with text and music and no need for expert knowledge.
Firstly I had to download the software from Ashampoo’s website. This was only a 51mb download so took a matter of minutes (depends on your internet connection speed to how long the download will take). Installation was simple by following the on-screen prompts, again this only took a few minutes. Now fully installed I was ready to start using.
As with any new program there will be a learning curve to figure out how to use the software but with Slideshow Studio HD 4 I didn’t read any help or tutorials and just followed the instructions on screen and had a small 30 picture basic slideshow created in minutes. The software is so easy that the slideshow wizard it is just a matter of adding your pictures, selecting transitions effects between images and the speed of transition, adding any music or text and save in your preferred format to send to your friends, or add to Facebook or YouTube! Should you need help there is a help button with easy to understand instructions.
Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 4 features:
- Wizards to create slideshows with ease
- 17 new transition effects
- New format support for Apple, Android, Sony and Microsoft devices
- Slideshows now also as MKV, VP9 and MP4 files with resolutions up to 4K
- Create slideshows quickly and easily
- Templates and designs for every occasion
- Add voice narration and sound to videos
- Various transitions for vibrant slideshows
- Work creatively with overlays, comments and effects
- 125 new transition effects
Once my slideshow was created I had a variety of saving options depending on how I planned to use the slideshow. I chose to save as a video file (mpeg) but there were options for saving up to 4K high definition:
- VP9 – Next Gen Open Video (.webm)
- Container format MKV (.mkv)
- MPG-4 m4v format (.m4v)
- Ready-to-use presets for various Apple, Android, Sony, Microsoft devices
- Save DVDs and Blu-rays to folders
- Blu-ray m2ts (.m2ts)
- Produce 1080p Blu-ray discs
- Produce 720p Blu-ray discs
- Integrated YouTube™ upload
- Facebook™ compatible output
- MPEG-4 AVI (.avi)
- MPEG-2 (.mpg)
- MPEG-1 (.mpg)
- YouTube compatible output
- MyVideo compatible output
- Burn DVDs
- Windows Media Video 9 (.wmv)
Overall, I am very impressed with Ashampoo’s Slideshow Studio HD 4. It is extremely easy to use and very fast, not only at creating a slideshow but also in the converting to the presentation format of your choice. This is a small but powerful and fast program to create slideshow presentations for home, school, business, Facebook or YouTube. You can add text and images to your photos, choose from a large offering of transition effects, change the speed of the picture changes and very easy to add your slideshow to music. Novice or more advanced users will love the ease of use of this great utility.
Slideshow Studio HD 4 is compatible with PC’s with:
Windows® 10, Windows® 8 / 8.1, Windows® 7
2 GHz AMD or Intel® processor
2 GB RAM
CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc recordable or rewritable drive for burning
Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 compliant graphics card
160MB hard drive space for a typical installation of all components
Up to 25 GB hard drive space for disk images and temporary files
For support of NVIDIA® CUDA a capable graphics card with a minimum of 256 MB video memory is required
With everybody owning digital cameras or taking pictures on their smartphones and tablets Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 4 is a great way to display all your favourite images on your computer, television, games console, smartphone or your favourite social media channels.
Highly recommended and at only £24.99 I think it is a great bargain!
For more information or to buy visit Ashampoo here.
Disclosure I was provided with a free version of the software for the purposes of writing an honest and impartial review. All opinions are my own.