U.S. Study Institute on Journalism and Media
University of Florida | 7 July 2008
Audio Slideshows with Soundslides
Soundslides is an inexpensive program that runs equally well on Mac and Windows. You can download the free demo version and pay for it later, if you decide to continue using it.
Before you begin:
- Have all your photos for the slideshow cropped, rotated, toned, and stored in one folder with no other photos. They must be in the JPG file format. (You cannot edit the photos inside Soundslides.)
- Have your finalized MP3 file. (You cannot edit the audio inside Soundslides.)
- Name and save the project folder carefully.
- Don't forget to save AND export the Soundslides.
- The publish_to_web folder must be uploaded to the Web in its entirety.
- KEEP THE PROJECT FOLDER in case you need to make changes to the slideshow later.
See the Soundslides Forums for tips, help, and examples.
Soundslides uses the Flash player, which is a Web browser plug-in that most Internet users already have. In other words, most people will not need to download anyhting to view your slideshow on the Web.
My Favorite Soundslides Examples
Tutorials for Soundslides
How-To for Soundslides -- This illustrated tutorial shows you how to use Photoshop to resize,
caption and save your photos before you import them into Soundslides.
- Read Tom Priddy's tutorial (PDF,
1.2 MB) for a great overview of how a professional photojournalist works
with Soundslides in his everyday job (used with Tom's permission).
- View a
well-illustrated online tutorial that explains how to get started
with Soundslides (from PopPhoto.com; they also have a good interview with
Joe Weiss, the creator of Soundslides (and a really nice guy).
- How to make your audio slideshows better, a blog post by the great Colin Mulvany, visual journalist at The Spokesman-Review.
Soundslides does not produce video files, and you cannot import video into Soundslides. It is a simple tool that builds simple audio slideshows. That's all.