Activity: Photo Story 3 for Windows®

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Session 3.2: Producing and editing audio and video files

Activity: Photo Story 3 for Windows®

Why use Photo Story 3 for Windows®?

Microsoft® Photo Story allows you to create slide shows of images, with the added advantage of text, recorded narration for each slide and inserted music.

A completed slide show can be saved as a movie to be played on a computer or it can be transferred to a PDA or smartphone.

Creating a photo story

  1. Open the program: select Start > All programs > Photo Story 3 for Windows.

  2. Make sure that Begin a new story is checked. Click on Next.

  3. The Import and arrange your pictures dialog box will appear. Click on Import Pictures and navigate to the E Guides USB memory stick:

    Content creation files > Resource Bank > Images. A choice of images are available.

Use the thumbnail view so that you can see the images.

Change to thumbnail view here.

To select more than one picture, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the required images. Insert all the images you want to use. They can be re-ordered later.

(Don’t worry if the images are the wrong way around – the images can be rotated in Photo Story.)

Your pictures will be inserted into the film strip at the bottom of the dialog box.

  1. Save your project by clicking on the Save Project button. Do this regularly! The project will be saved by default in My Videos so you will need to browse to the folder you created on the Desktop in order to save there.

  2. You can edit the slide show:

  • If you want to move the pictures within the slide show, click on the arrows.

  • You can delete an unwanted picture.

  • Some images may have black borders because they are not the right size and proportions for the software. Click on Remove black borders, and the program will preview each image with the borders removed. You can decide if it is appropriate to remove the black borders.

Beneath the main picture review pane, you will find a toolbar.

The back and forward arrows take you through the slides on the film strip. The tools allow you to:

  • correct colour levels

  • correct red eye

  • rotate counter-clockwise and clockwise

  • open the Edit Pictures dialog box, where you will find the above and a few more options, including adding an effect.

  1. Click on Next to add a title to your pictures. You can now add text to a picture.
  2. Select your picture, type your text into the box and select where you want the text to be positioned. You can also change the font and colour.

Repeat the process for each picture that requires text.

In the Add a title to your picture dialog box, you can see an Effect option below the main picture. Click on the drop-down menu.

  1. Click on Next to take you to the Narrate your pictures and customise motion dialog box. Click on the first picture to which you want to add a narration. The script box is where you can type what you want to say. This is a very useful prompt.

To record, you need a microphone plugged into your computer. When you are ready to record, click on the red button: Record Narration. Stop by clicking on the blue square.

  1. Click Next to take you to the Add background music dialog box. You can choose to add music to a slide or slides. Select music saved on your computer or use the Create Music facility and add some synthetic sounds.

  2. Click on Next to take you to the Save your story dialog box. You will be presented with a choice of ways to save your story. Select Save project (bottom left) > Save your story for playback on your computer. Click on Next to view your photo story.
  3. Two versions of the file are saved: one as a project so you can return and edit the photo story, and the other as a Windows® Movie Video (.wmv) that can be played using Windows® Media Player, RealPlayer™or QuickTime® software.

Additional features of Photo Story

You can add transition effects to your pictures by returning to the Narrate your pictures and customise motion dialog box. Click on Customise Motion beneath the preview pane. Select the Motion and Duration tab and/or the Transition tab to set how to pan or zoom in and out of your photographs, and to add transitions and timings.

You can add your own music by selecting genre, style, tempo and intensity in the Add background music dialog box. Preview the result and make any necessary alterations.

_Object_>_Media_Clip'>Inserting_a_Photo_Story_into_PowerPoint®_or_Word'>Inserting a Photo Story into PowerPoint® or Word

It is possible to play Photo Story 3 clips in a PowerPoint® or Word document.

In PowerPoint®, the video can be inserted by selecting Insert > Movies and Sounds > Movie from File and browsing to find the Photo Story file you have created. The movie will play during a slide show presentation.

In a Word document, select Insert > Object > Media Clip. Make sure the Display as icon check box is not ticked. An icon appears on the Word document and a toolbar appears at the top of the page. Select Insert Clip > Direct Show. Make sure that All Files is selected in the Files of type drop-down menu. Browse to find the Photo Story file you have created and insert it into your Word document. Double-click on the video placeholder to start playing the video.

Suggestions for use

The following are examples of learning materials produced using Microsoft® Photo Story 3 for Windows®.

Further resources

Open this document on your E-Guides USB memory stick to follow links directly to these web pages:

  • Microsoft® Photo Story 3 for Windows® download the free software

  • Photo Story 3 for Windows ( – a useful site for beginners, which answers frequently asked questions and offers tips and advice

  • ( – royalty-free images

  • Teachnet – Creating your Photo Story

  • Educational uses of Digital Storytelling.

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