When you’re ready to show off a heartwarming family photo collage or showing off your video game screenshots, your first step is to find a slideshow maker. And when it comes to Windows 10, there’s plenty of them out there, but which ones are the best?
You’ll find below 5 of the best Windows 10 apps for making the greatest slideshows the world has ever seen.
Microsoft Photos may be barebones, but it packs a punch when you need it in a pinch. It provides everything you need to create a slideshow on your Windows 10 PC. And the best part? So long as you have a Windows 10, it came packed with your OS. The same can be said about Windows Movie Maker, but that is no longer packaged with Windows PCs.
You can’t get any easier with Microsoft Photos. It’s incredibly user friendly and easy-to-use. You start out by adding a bunch of pictures you want to add to your slideshow. When you have everything you need, you can start dragging said photos to the bottom, which is your timeline. On the right hand side is your preview as well as the length of your video.
Once you have your pictures in order, you can add a title card and transition screens in between your photos. You can add background music (even your own custom music). On top of that, there’s a few handy editing tools like text, filters, 3D effects, Motion (the bare necessity) to make a simple, but effective slideshow.
Microsoft Photos may not be packed to the gills with tools and flashy settings, but it gets the job done and it does it well, especially in the department of 3D effects. They can be a lot of fun to mess around with.
Movavi Slideshow Maker
Movavi Slideshow Maker takes a more robust approach to creating slideshows, providing a larger library of transitions, animated text and titles and templates to help you make slideshows that are both interesting and professional. With all the different tools Movavi Slideshow Maker offers, you can place the cherry on top by syncing their music library to your slideshow.
Movavi Slideshow Maker really takes it home with the idea of themes. All of the tools Movavi Slideshow Maker offers, you can create your own theme with relative ease. Unfortunately, the one key feature that Movavi Slideshow Maker is missing is a Filter tool. Even worse, you’ll have to drop $39.95 (USD) for it., and that’s not even including tax. You could be paying more than $50 (USD) in some cases.
To be fair, Movavi Slideshow Maker offers a lot more than, say, Microsoft Photos, but it really depends on your needs. If you want a simple slideshow creator, go with Microsoft Photos. On the other hand, if you were going for something with more room for professionalism, you would go with Movavi Slideshow Maker. And you can try it out for a few days. What’s the harm?
DVD Slideshow GUI
A fantastic tool to have–even if you go with one of the other apps on here–is DVD Slideshow GUI. The reason being is its ability to burn your slideshow to a disc, like a DVD or Blu-ray disc, hence the name. It’s free to anyone and its open-source nature means individuals have most certainly created additional tools to expand on its barebones interface.
Speaking of interface, DVD Slideshow GUI is braindead easy to use. Even though it’s free, it comes with quite a robust set of features, like visual effects support, transitions, supporting different animated backgrounds and audio file extensions, and even the import of PowerPoint. That’s only scratching the surface on DVD Slideshow GUI’s capabilities.
The best way to find out for yourself is downloading and installing it. DVD Slideshow GUI is free to download and use, so what’s stopping you? You have nothing to lose!
Now it’s time to move into the more professional scene with ProShow Gold. And if you were wondering, yes, ProShow Gold is only one of three versions. Each version comes with different features. ProShow Gold, for example, is their “fast+easy slideshow software,” but don’t let that advertisement line fool you, ProShow Gold is no pushover.
At $69.95 (USD) a pop, ProShow Gold will hand over such features as:
- Over 400+ transition effects.
- Over 900+ built-in effects and filters.
- Over 300+ royalty-free songs.
- Drag and drop your photos to start creating your slideshow.
- Ability to import pictures from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram, etc.
- Combine two photos into a single slide.
- A built-in wizard that creates instant slideshows for you.
- Basic photo editing that allows you to make color adjustments, crop or auto-correct your photos.
- Ability to trim videos.
- Support for animated titles.
- Audio editing feature that allows you to crop, crossfade or record narration.
- 50 different export formats.
- Want to output your slideshow in HD or 4K? Sure can!
- You can burn CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
- Integration with Facebook and YouTube to upload directly to either.
And that’s just their cheapest package. Their ProShow Producer package comes with more, mainly the removal of limitations that ProShow Gold may or may not have. You can’t get more professional than ProShow.
Icecream Slideshow Maker
A lot of slideshow makers try to cram as much as they can in one screen, no Icecream Slideshow Maker. The interface is very easy on the eyes, only providing what’s needed immediately, but still providing a robust suite of tools behind drop down menus.
Icecream Slideshow Maker makes its way onto this list with its handy YouTube integration. With a simple click of your mouse, you can upload your slideshow creation onto YouTube. Near, right? It’s perfect for any amateur and professional YouTuber. And let’s not forget its library of effects, as well as 4K support.
Like others, you can burn directly to a DVD and even upload your creation to your cloud storage, like Google Drive or Dropbox.
There’s no shortage of the best Windows 10 apps for making slideshows. But if you had to choose, which one would you try? If you’re short on money, go with Microsoft Photos or DVD Slideshow GUI. But if you have the funds, you should certainly looking into Icecream Slideshow Maker first, before considering the more expensive app, ProShow Gold.