Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe Review All of us have a ton of images lying around our hard drives or flash drives or even in the cloud. Sorting it out and from time to time taking a look at it (those ton of images) sometimes makes it hard and most often will bore you. We take a lot of photos so we can have copies or souvenirs of those events in our lives that we embrace as part of us like when getting married, having a first baby, celebrating a birthday or just simply having a beer with the buddies! Now what better tool can we use to better reminisce those moments than a slideshow presentation with that music that will remind us of that event! Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe can be that tool for you in terms of creating that slideshow. WDSB is an easy-to-use photo/image and video to DVD slideshow program. This is a review of WDSB - Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe in line with our upcoming giveaways sponsored by Wondershare. So let's get in on and let's start with the Standard Mode. When you run Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder (WDSB) for the first time you will be prompted to choose from two (2) Modes. (1) Standard Mode which is pretty much all template based and it pretty great if you need a fast track production slideshow with all pre-installed pre-set movie styles, and (2) Advanced Mode where you are given more granular/customization options to suit your needs for a more unique slideshow you have in mind. One thing I'd like to point out is that the Advanced Mode permits photo, GIF and video insertions/combinations in your slideshow. Standard Mode Slideshow Creation When you select the "Standard Mode" you will be shown a blank "Organize" screen where you will add photos to your slideshow. There are 3 stages of slideshow creation highlighted at the top-left portion of the Standard Mode main gui, (A) Organize (B) Personalize (C) Create. A - Organize Stage Click 'Add Files' > Select the location where the images are stored and then select them to be included in your slideshow. Let it be noted that the Add Files>default view of Wondershare DVD is Slideshow Builder is in "Collapse" mode. It would be better to click the "Expand View" so you can see "all" the images that you have imported. Why? I found out that arranging the photos/images in the exact way you want it to be presented in the slideshow is difficult in the collapse view. You will have to scroll left-to-right in order to arrange all images properly. Well in some cases that you have a big screen monitor it would be okay but for those with only 18" as mine it is not. By selecting "Expand" you will be able to view all the photos/images you have imported and right then and there you can set/decide the arrangement you want. Doing so will also let you see what really "is" needed and what is not(just select and hit "delete"), from there if you find that you need more photos/images, just click the Add Files' at the top left portion of the screen and add what you want. See images below. When you have arranged all to your preference you can then proceed to the next stage which is (B) Personalize. B - Personalize Stage When you proceed to the "Personalize" you will notice that WDSB has pre-selected a template for your slideshow. You can edit it to your preference but before that glancing to the left portion of the Personalize gui we can see the categories given by WDSB as options for the slideshow you want to create. There are actually 5 categories given: (1) Style (2) Clipart (3) Effect (4) Pre-Audio (5) Intro/Credit (1) Style You will need to select a "Style" from the pre-set template provided. There are a lot of options to choose from depending on the occasion or the theme that you have in mind. For this sampler I just selected random styles to suit the image that I have imported. Please see Style content selection below. Using Styles As mentioned previously the moment you go to the "Personalize Tab", WDSB will preselect a template for you, this is just a random selection that WDSB will give you and it may not suit your preferences and your theme or shall I say, storyline. Look closely now as you will see in the Styles menu that every "Styles" are coded with a number pair. Kindly see image below. It is shown that Style>Movie>Double slide01 has been selected. It has a number pair of "24s x 4". It means "24s" -- 24 seconds is the total time of the Style>Double slide01. The "4" is 4 images. So for 4 images the total time that will be consumed is 24 seconds. Please see image below. You will see that in the photo #4 enlarged is the "end time" of 24 seconds. The same rationality for the different Styles coded/represented by their respective number pair. Please see image below. The 5th set has a number pair of 48s x 8 (meaning 48seconds per 8 images). The 5th set will end in exactly 48 seconds of the 8th image. The first 4 sets used styles with 24s x 4. So that will be 4 sets x 24s x 4images/set. To check for the total end-time at the 8th image of the 5th set (so doing a little math), For first 4 sets ---> 24sec x 4sets = 96sec For 5th set ---> 48sec Thus ---> 96sec + 48sec / 60 = 2.40 minutes (2 min 40 sec) (2) Clipart There are provided cliparts that can add some accent to your photos depending on the occasion or theme you have in mind. You can also download free resource from Wondershare to add to the existing templates provided. Among the cliparts provided are animals, Festival and Funny. Please see included Clipart content below. Using Clipart You can select from the given clipart content anything that will suit your preferences and your theme or shall I say, storyline. Take the case of the image below. These are kids so if you want you can either select something that kids want like "Balloon1". All you have to do is select "Ballon1" and WDSB will play a short preview of what will be the image with that particular clipart. To edit the clipart just double-click the "Balloon1" in Effect selection gui and you will see a window which shows a couple of options given to you for editing. You can rotate the clipart, resize it and adjust its "alpha/opacity/transparency". You can also add an use several clipart combinations in a photo and also can combine "effects" will be discussed next. Please see images/.mp4 below. (3) Effect There are provided effects that can add some also accent to your photos depending on the occasion or theme you have in mind. Please see effects of Heart1 on a photo below. Using Effects You can select from the given effects content anything that will suit your preferences and your theme or shall I say, storyline. Take the case of the image below. These two lovely ladies deserve something that will accentuate their giddiness so I decided to add the "Heart1" effect to their image. Now to be a bit systematic and to really time the "entry/start" and "exit/end" of the selected effect I will show it's adjustment in the Timeline View. In the 'Timeline View' you will see that there is a "timeline-marker" (--box-colored red) that you can drag where you want it to be in the whole of the slideshow timeline. Place the "timeline-marker" to where you want the effect to start/enter and then double-click the preferred effect (in this case "Heart1"). Notice that the effect is placed exactly where you have placed the timeline-marker. In "Timeline View" it is crucial to determine the time versus the image in the slideshow. Take the case of the second image (two love ladies) Style>Double slide01 (24s x 4), the start time for the 2nd photo/image is "0.00:11.27" and end time is "0.00:17.26" before it switches to the 3rd photo/image. It is only right that the effect or any object such as clipart or pre-audio should fall between the duration of the photo. During the creation you may decide to change the placement of the effect/object to another location in the timeline (within the duration of the photo, in this case the 2nd photo). Just place the mouse pointer to the effect and wait till it changes to a 2-headed arrow. Drag the 2-headed arrow left or right according to your time preference. When you drag the timeline-marker left or right, WDSB will show slideshow-movement in the screen thus helping you where to place the effect or any object for that matter properly or according to your preference. Of course you can always use the play function to see it live and in action. See images below. (4) Pre-Audio A pre-audio track has been included that can go along the type of Clipart or Effect you will choose for slideshow or for a specific photo/image. For example there is a "Dog2" clipart that can use the "Dog2" pre-audio content or a "Chicken" clipart for the "Rooster1" pre-audio content given. Of course you are not limited to the pre-audio content given as you can record whatever sound that you want in .mp3 and .wma and use it as a audio-sound via the Add>Music option which will be later discussed in this review. Kindly see Pre-Audio content below. Using Pre-Audio Again as in the Effects, use the Timeline View so you can aptly and efficiently place the "entry/start" and "exit/end" of the selected Pre-Audio content, within the photo duration and versus the photo-slide movement. See image below. (5) Intro/Credit A slideshow needs an introduction and end-credits so as to formalize it. In WDSB there are ample templates that can suffice for occasions such as Valentine's Day, Wedding, Christmas, New Year and some like a simple "Home", Travel/Navigation or Discover/Presents theme. You of course can customize your own by importing an image of your choice and adding the text you want to introduce and end your slideshow. See images below.