If have a big image collection then one of the best ways to enjoy them is to create a slideshow. And every slideshow is sort of a “movie” (since videos are nothing but fast moving pictures) but unlike with a usual video file, a slideshow lets us enjoy each picture individually as plays them very slowly.
Now, almost all the modern image managers that comes with major OS platforms do have the ability to let us view pictures as slidshows but most of them cannot let us create one that plays without the need of a special software (like putting them into a CD and playing it on in any multimedia player).
So if you’re looking for a features rich slideshow creator that can be used in Ubuntu and MS Windows then PhotoFilmStrip might fit your needs.
*. Simple UI design which is really user friendly.
*. Add/delete pictures and support categorizing them using projects.
*. Add a background audio track.
*. Manual or automatic slideshow duration (depending on the images and the audio file).
*. Change aspect ration 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2.
*. Few effects such as: Black & White, Sepia tone, Rotate, Fade and Roll for animations.
*. Change individual picture display time and effect transition times.
*. Set random motion starting points or change it manually.
*. Add subtitles.
*. Supports few output container and audio/video codecs such as: AVI, FLV, Single pictures, Motion JPEG, etc with VCD, SVCD, DVD up to FULL-HD compatibility.
You can install PhotoFilmStrip in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by first going into this official PhotoFilmStrip download page (which also includes package for MS Windows) and scroll down “Linux (Debian” section and get the “.deb” package. When the downloading completes, just double click on it to install it.
For picture rendering it uses the MPLayer’s awesome “Mencoder” command-line encoding utility. And for the Windows users, it also has a separate portable version as well. That’s it.