Audio Visual

An “A/V” presentation is basically a slideshow with a sound track- either music or commentary. It may include video clips, or the whole thing can be a video movie.

In the past , two slide projectors were used, sunchronised with a tape deck. These days, it’s simpler.

Several computer applications can produce the slideshow type of presentation. It can be done using Powerpoint , or the “Openoffice” free equivalent, “Impress”. In both cases a sound file is just dragged into the slideshow.

There are applications purpose built for creating AV slideshows, such as Proshow Gold , which is on the club PC, or Windows Movie Maker

Using Microsoft Movie Maker to do audio visual presentations.

Since Windows 98, Microsoft  has included a free program called “Movie Maker” in all Windows releases- except Windows 10!

For Windows 10, you have to download Movie Maker 2012  as part of the “Windows Live Essentials” suite.

As of March 2017, Microsoft’s own download page for MS Live Essentials was removed. The following link is for a “Wayback Machine” archive of the last version (2012). Follow the link , download and save the file, then run it to install essentials. (This worked as of 19 August 2018). Unless you want the other apps in the essentials suite, just tick the box for Movie Maker when you run the installer.

Wayback version of Microsoft Live Essentials.

 

Once installed, it’s very simple to use. Drag some pictures in, drag a sound file in and select the delay between images, how long to show each image and what sort of transition to use when moving from one image to the next.

How do you find a sound file? Either use a microphone to record one, or download a WAV or MP3 file from the internet, or copy one from a CD of music. Both usually work with the club’s PC.

Once finished, the whole presentation is saved as a video file.

Download it, install it and play  it. Movie Maker is not so fancy as “Proshow Gold”, but it does the job.