Posted on June 15, 2007
New — Soundslides Plus
The fabulously popular Soundslides program is now available in two flavors: regular and Plus.
The regular product is still $40. The Plus version is $70. Both flavors are available in Windows and Mac versions.
Plus provides a bunch of extra visual features that photographers have been clamoring for, but which beginners probably do not need. If you’re an educator buying Soundslides for 100 workstations, for example, you might be okay with the regular version. (Make sure you contact Joe for education pricing if you’re buying that many licenses!)
If this is all new to you, here are some great examples of what the regular old Soundslides can do (my current favorites):
- Guitar Lessons at the Central Area Senior Center: An 81-year-old Seattle woman loves taking guitar lessons. No narration, nice story, several interviews skillfully edited together.
- Cockfighting in Puerto Rico: Awesome photos, wonderful audio that puts you at the scene.
- Nutcracker: A fresh photojournalism grad tells us the story of a production of the Nutcracker ballet. She produced this while on an internship at The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. Notice the variety in shots, scenes, lenses, etc. Notice too the excellent editing of the pictures to match the content of the audio. (Update, Feb. 4, 2008: The photographer has provided a new link for this Soundslides. You can also see the original print photo story on her blog here.)
- After the Riots: A Soundslides about the housing projects in Paris, by the British newspaper The Guardian. Exceptional storytelling and great use of sound.
Some people will tell you that Soundslides are boring. I offer these four examples to prove that it’s all in the storytelling.