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Welcome to the Photo Story 3 section of the Movie Maker 2 website, the place where you use the best features of each app to move your movies or slide-show type videos up to more amazing levels.

Photo Story 3 installed on some Windows 7 systems but not others... until Microsoft in late Feb 2010 tweaked the compatibility filters to let it through to all systems.

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Newsletter #162 was about the basics of Photo Story 3. Click the image to read it.

Newsletter 162

Photo Story and Movie Maker are complimentary tools. There are times when one is better to use than the other, and there are projects that are best done by interactively using both. This section of the website will help you determine when to use one versus the other, and how to use them together.

Photo Story 3.1 was released in July 2005 as part of the Digital Image Suite 2006 for 32-bit Windows. It brings back the option of burning a VCD, using the Sonic disc making engine. The option was included in Photo Story 2 but not in Photo Story 3.


Newsletter #25 was a special issue about PhotoStory 3, when it was first released. Click the image to read it.

Newsletter 25

Newsletter #26 was about using Movie Maker and Photo Story 3 together. Click the image to read it.

Newsletter 26

Newsletter #44 used both Photo Story and Movie Maker to make a project from some photos received by email from a relative, California condors flying over the Grand Canyon. The idea of a Photo Story 3 project template was introduced in this issue. Click the image to read it.

Newsletter 44

Newsletter #49 was about using Movie Maker to start a Photo Story 3 project, focusing mostly on audio/music. Click the image to read it.

Newsletter 49


If you don't have Photo Story 3 for Windows yet, it's a free download from Microsoft:

Photo Story 3 for Windows

...similar to my Photo Story 2 website, this section of the Movie Maker website will not focus on problems installing or using Photo Story 3. It'll be about getting the most from it.

There's also a good online tutorial at WindowsPhotoStory.com

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Let's jump right into a couple samples that use both apps together, starting with the embedded video playing at the right. Here are the steps I used:

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You can see a couple things from the sample.... the degree to which you can zoom without getting pixilated, and how precisely you can zoom.... select any spot on a picture and zoom into it. The zooming and panning capabilities of PhotoStory 3 are wonderful.


Photo Story 3 is great by itself, as you can see from the above sample. But if you're making movies rather than slide-shows, nothing beats using it with Movie Maker to take your projects to amazing levels.

Click the image of the owl in the newspaper at the above left or use this link to a combo sample that uses the story from above and wraps it with some video clips in Movie Maker 2. There's no limit to what you can do when you start with still pictures, make a Photo Story video, and use the story in your movie project.

That's why I use this part of the Movie Maker website to cover Photo Story 3 instead of updating the stand-alone Photo Story 2 site.

PapaJohn

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