Producer 6 Help for New Users

 



This page is for anyone new to ProShow Producer 6



Getting Started The Timeline Slide Options Add Captions Borders & Vignettes Adding Music
Layers & Keyframes Masking Layers Keyboard Shortcuts Transitions Slide Styles Adding Video to a Show




This page is intended for anyone new to using ProShow Producer 6. The subject headings above have been selected as a 'Get You Going' list of features. I will touch briefly on each subject, just enough to explain the basics.

For more in depth information about these and the many other features in ProShow Producer, there are several publications available for download from Photodex. You will also find ProShow Enthusiasts Forums online (in many languages) and these are an invaluable source of information and a great place to meet friendly, like-minded people.

If you don't have the Producer 6 Manual, you can download it from Photodex by clicking here.

You will also find a selection of tutorials on this site. Just click on the link above.
   



Getting Started

Above : ProShow Producer with the screen set to my preferred layout.

OK. So you've treated yourself to ProShow Producer and now you can't wait to make that perfect presentation. But where do you start? At first glance, the prospect of creating the visual masterpiece you have dreamed of seems a long way away - there's so much to learn. But don't worry, you will soon pick it up.

Before you start, it's a good idea to set up a folder on your Hard Drive which you can use to store all your Producer files. I have a folder titled 'ProShow' and every time I start on a new show, I create a new folder within that ProShow folder which will hold everything to do with the new show. For important shows, I even add all the photos and graphics to the 'show folder' then, when I've finished working on the show, I transfer everything in that folder to a DVD for storage. That way, I can reload the show whenever I want and I'm not using up loads of Hard Disc space for storage.

Finding your way around

If you're anything like me, from the moment you first installed Producer, you will have clicked on every button, explored every drop down menu and pop-up window and followed every link.

If, on the other hand, you are not like me and have not yet explored Producer thoroughly, it might be a good idea to do it now. By exploring the software, you will learn the geography and, although you might not fully understand everything you discover, you will begin to get a feel for the program and start to learn its language and terminology.

An even better way to explore the program is the trial and error route. Create a 'test show' and actually attempt to use the various features you discover on your exploration. This is a sure-fire way to learn what you can and cannot do.

Once you have finished your initial exploration, you can personalize the screen layout. Click on the 'Window' option in the drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Work your way through the various settings until you have the screen looking the way you want it. Now you can save your layout. The graphic above shows Producer with the screen set to my preferred settings.

If you get in a muddle, don't worry - just click on the 'Default Window Layout' option and the screen layout will be re-set.

 
Switching View

There are three screen layouts (or views) in Producer which we use for different operations. (as seen below)

Build View

This is where we create or build a show. The screen displays a Folder List and a File List, where we access our computer to find objects (photos, graphics, music & sounds) to include in our shows.
 
 
Design View

I tend to think of this view as an information page. It is where we find the Slide Inspector which provides all the information about slide in our show.
 
 
Publish View

Once we have completed a show and are ready to create a video, or a DVD or Blu-Ray, or upload our show to the Internet, this is where we do it.

 
 


Creating a New Show

 
There are several ways to start a new show in Producer 6.

Click on the "New" button at the top of the screen and the "New Slide Show" box (as seen in the graphic right) will open.

Using this, we can select the way in which we would like to create our new show.

The options are:

► Create a show using the wizard.

► Create a new Blank Show.

► Create a show from a Template.

► Open an existing show.
Create a show using the wizard

This is probably the simplest and quickest way to create a show in Producer.
With the "Wizard" option selected, click on the "Create" button and Producer will guide you through the creation process. You start by selecting the photos to go into the show and then you add the music. With this done, you can then pick a 'Theme' for your show and set the "Energy Level" or speed of the show. And that's it. It really is very simple.
 
Create a new Blank Show

If you want to design your own show, this is the option to select.
With the "Blank Show" option selected, Producer will ask what format you wish to create (16x9 or 4x3) and the screen resolution. Once you have given your new show a name, you simply click on the "Create" button and you are ready to start work on your new show.
 
Create a show from a Template

A Template is a pre-made show which can contain all of the elements required to complete a show - apart from the photos.
With the "Template" option selected, Producer will display all the Templates available to you. Simply select a Template and click "Create". Producer will then install the show, which will be ready for you to add photos.
To find out more about Templates, go to the Templates Feature by clicking on the "Features" link above.


The Timeline
 
The graphic above shows the Timeline set to "Timeline"

The graphic above shows the Timeline set to "Slide List"

The Timeline is your show. It displays all the elements that combine to make up the presentation and includes: Slides (photos), Transitions, Music and Sounds.
This is where we can add elements to a show - but more about that later.
You can view the Timeline in two different formats.

1: Timeline as Timeline. This shows the music track waveform in real time and displays Slides and Transitions relative to the music. This view is used when you want to create a show where the music or soundtrack needs to be synchronized with the Slides.
In this view, the Timeline is divided into four segments. From to to bottom they are:
1: Time
2: Slides and Transitions
3: Sounds (ie sound effects)
4: Music waveform

2: Timeline as Slide List. This shows each Slide and Transition the same size and squeezes the waveform beneath. This view is used when you want to create a show where you need to set individual Slide times.
In this view, the Timeline is didvided into 2 segments. From top to bottom they are:
1: Slides and Transitions
2: Music waveform and Sounds

With the Timeline set to Timeline, you will notice several settings appear at the right hand end of the Timeline when you hover the mouse pointer over the waveform. (As shown in the graphic right) These are used for the following:

1: "+" Add / "-" Delete a Volume Point (see Adding Music)
2: Stretch the Timeline
3: Increase / Decrease the display size of the waveform. This does not change the playback volume.
4: Reset the Zoom Levels (as set above)
 
 


Slide Options
     
Slide Options

Effects
 
     
Slide Options

Adjustments
 
     
Slide Options

Layer Settings
 
     
Slide Options is where we work on our show - one slide at a time. To access the Slide Options window, you can either double click on a Slide on the Timeline or select a Slide on the Timeline and then click on the Edit Slide button in the top menu.

Almost every function for the creation of a show is either performed in one of the windows shown above or is accessed via them.

If you are new to Producer, it's a very good idea to familiarize yourself with the layout and geography of all the functions within Slide Options.
 


Add Captions

To add a Caption, select Slide Options.
Locate the Captions box and click on the "+" button. (as shown right)

 
     
When you add a single caption to a Slide, it will, by default, appear in the centre of the screen. Position 50,50.

Captions are positioned according to a grid of 100 by 100. (as shown right)

Precise positioning will depend of the style of Alignment you have selected.

Caption Screen Positioning

0 0

50 0

100 0

0 50

50 50

100 50

0 100 50 100 100 100
Caption Settings

   
     
     


Caption Effects

   
     
     
     
Creating a Text Layer from a Caption  
     
   
     
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
   
     


Borders & Vignettes






Adding Music






Layers & Keyframes






Masking Layers






Keyboard Shortcuts

Publishing Shows

  Editing Options
Publish Show
Autorun Disc
Executable
Facebook
SmugMug
ProShow Gallery
Vimeo
YouTube
Capture Frame
Menu

  CTRL+P
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+A
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+F
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+M
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+P
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+V
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+Y
CTRL+SHIFT+C
CTRL+ALT+M

  Copy
Cut
Paste
Paste Into Slide
Undo
Redo
Select
Select None
Select Inverse
  CTRL+C
CTRL+X
CTRL+V
CTRL+SHIFT+V
CTRL+Z
CTRL+Y
All CTRL+A
CTRL+ALT+A
CTRL+I

         
Main Menus
  Tools

File Menu
Edit Menu
Show Menu
Slide Menu
Audio Menu
Tools Menu
Publish Menu
Window Menu
Help Menu

  ALT+F
ALT+E
ALT+S
ALT+L
ALT+A
ALT+T
ALT+P
ALT+W
ALT+H

  Manage Effects
Collect Show Files
Remix Slides
Remix All Slides





  CTRL+E
CTRL+ALT+C
CTRL+R
CTRL+ALT+R





             
             
Main Workspace

  Working With Shows

Switch Workspaces
Build Workspace
Design Workspace
Publish Workspace
Thumbnail File List View
Details File List View
Toggle Folders
Toggle Favorites
Toggle File List
Toggle Slide List
Toggle Lightbox
Toggle Preview
Toggle Slide Inspector
Toggle Publish Formats
Toggle Size Meter
Toggle Task Monitor
Toggle Show Info
Toggle Project
Exit Program
  CTRL+Tab
ALT+F1
ALT+F2
ALT+F3
ALT+8
ALT+9
CTRL+SHIFT+F1
CTRL+SHIFT+F2
CTRL+SHIFT+F3
CTRL+SHIFT+F4
CTRL+SHIFT+F5
CTRL+SHIFT+F6
CTRL+SHIFT+F7
CTRL+SHIFT+F8
CTRL+SHIFT+F9
CTRL+SHIFT+F10
CTRL+SHIFT+F11
CTRL+SHIFT+F12
ALT+X

  New Show
New Blank Show
New Show from Wizard
New Show from Template
Open Show
Save Show
Save Show As
Save Show As Template
New Project
Open Project
Save Project
Save All
Close






  CTRL+N
CTRL+B
CTRL+ALT+W
CTRL+ALT+N
CTRL+O
CTRL+S
CTRL+SHIFT+S
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+T
ALT+N
CTRL+SHIFT+O
CTRL+ALT+S
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+S
CTRL+W






             
             
Preview Playback

  Adding Slides and Content

Start / Pause Preview
Stop Playback
Fullscreen




  Spacebar
Esc
ALT+Enter (while playing)





  Insert Blank Slide
Insert Title Slide
Add Selected Files to Show
Add All Files to Show
Add to Selected Slide
Add as One New Slide
Jump to File in File List
Drag Files into a Slide
  ALT+B
CTRL+ALT+B
ALT+I
CTRL+ALT+I
CTRL+SHIFT+I
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+I
Any Letter or Number
CTRL+[drag + drop]

             
             
Slide List & Timeline

  Working in Slide Options

Toggle Timeline & Slide List
Shift Slide(s) Left
Shift Slide(s) Right
Combine Slides
Flag Slide(s)
Goto Slide
Goto Next Flagged Slide
Goto Next Slide Using File
Flag a Slide During Playback
Clear Flagged Slides
Add Slide to Selection
Add Range to Selection
Show Soundtrack Controls
Delete Slide(s)
Reset Slide(s)
Apply Effects to Slide(s)
Scale Slide Layers
Randomize Order
Randomize Motion
Randomize Transitions













  Tab
<
>
ALT+C
CTRL+F
CTRL+G
CTRL+ALT+G
CTRL+U
CTRL + ALT + F
CTRL+SHIFT+F
CTRL+[Mouse Click]
SHIFT+[Mouse Click]
CTRL (in Timeline)
Delete
CTRL+SHIFT+R
CTRL+SHIFT+E
CTRL+ALT+[1-5]
CTRL+SHIFT+1
CTRL+SHIFT+2
CTRL+SHIFT+3













  Open Slide Options
Nudge a Layer or Caption
Nudge More
Constrain Dragging
Next Slide
Previous Slide
Next Layer or Caption
Previous Layer or Caption
Next Keyframe
Previous Keyframe
Zoom Layer or Caption In
Zoom Layer or Caption Out
Duplicate Layer or Caption
Toggle Layer or Caption
Toggle All
Keyframe Editor
Set Slide Time
Add Caption
Add Gradient
Add Image
Add Solid Color
Add Keyframe
Add Multiple Keyframes
Add Time to Keyframe
Set Keyframe Time
Reset Slide
Reset All Keyframes
Reset Keyframe
Scale Current Layer
Vignette
Crop
Jump to Slide Style in list

  CTRL+L
CTRL+Arrow
CTRL+SHIFT+Arrow
SHIFT+[drag in preview]
Page Down
Page Up
CTRL+Page Down
CTRL+Page Up
SHIFT+Page Down
SHIFT+Page Up
CTRL+Plus
CTRL+Minus
CTRL+D
CTRL+H
CTRL+ALT+H
CTRL+K
CTRL+T
CTRL+SHIFT+C
CTRL+SHIFT+G
CTRL+SHIFT+I
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+G
CTRL+SHIFT+K
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+K
CTRL+ALT+K
CTRL+SHIFT+T
CTRL+SHIFT+R
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+R
CTRL+ALT+R
CTRL+ALT+[1-5]
CTRL+SHIFT+V
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+C
Any Letter or Number

             
             
Audio

  Show Options

Sync Show To Audio
Quick Sync
Quick Sync to Track
Quick Sync Selected Slides
Manage Soundtrack

  CTRL+T
CTRL+Q
ALT+Q
CTRL+SHIFT+Q
CTRL+M

  Show Settings
Show Background
Soundtrack
Watermark

  CTRL+H
CTRL+SHIFT+B
CTRL+M
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+W



Transitions






Slide Styles






Adding Video to a Show