Photo books preserve vacations and other family memories; however, not everyone wants to look at a photo book. In addition, sharing a photo book is difficult, since it requires sending either a physical book or large digital file to someone. This post shows how to share photo books created within Artisan as videos.
The current version of Artisan will display photo books as a slideshow, but does not allow saving the slideshow as a video file. This limitation means that the slideshow can only be seen from the computer the computer that created the photo book or possibly from another computer that has Artisan installed. Sharing is difficult at best,
Sharing a slideshow requires a screen capture program. Two options are Movavi Video Suite or Camtasia. I chose the $39.99 Movavi Video Suite, since at $199, Camtasia was out of my price range. I did see that the reviews of for Movavi Video Suite on Amazon are not good; however, the program proved suitable for my needs.
Once you have have installed screen capture software, simply activate screen capture and start the slideshow. Since perfect timing is almost impossible, capture a little extra video. Then, after the slideshow is finished, open the video editor and delete the portion of the video before and after the slideshow. Next, use the Highlight and Conceal tool to remove the menu bar from the bottom of the video, if it is present. Finally, save the video as YouTube – HD 1080p.
Once the video is saved, upload to YouTube and share to your hearts’s content. Here is the video from my 2015 Disney Family Vacation.
Note added February 27, 2017: The paper designs used for this book were from the A Summer Symphony Colorwash Papers, Needlecraft Addiction Colorwash Papers and True Colors Colorwash Papers available from Forever.
I think a more effective way is to send a photo book from Artisan to your own Forever account, then with an email address you can share it to as many as you want to. From there they can order a book if they want to or continue to view it as long as you, the author, leave it with a sharing status. It’s much more private than You Tube too.
YouTube includes the background music, which is lost if you simply share the photo book files.
This is GREAT. Thanks for sharing this. Most people are much more comfortable with a You Tube video than going to a site they do not know. Plus it can be bookmarked.
You raise an interesting point. I know I am uncomfortable going to a site I am not familiar with, and if that site requires me to create an account, I am done.