To download PhotoStory: Go to www.microsoft.com. On the left side under Product Resources, click on Downloads.
Type PhotoStory 3 in the blank space after All Downloads and click Go.
The file that comes up will be PhotoStory 3 for Windows. Click on the title.
On the next screen click Continue to validate that the computer is running a genuine version of Windows
On the next screen click on the download button. If a Security Warning window appears, click Save. Just be sure that you choose where to download so that you can find the file to install it. Note: Another menu box may appear that will ask you to Run, Open, or Close. You will need Run the file to install.
After installing the program, go to Start, Programs and click on PhotoStory 3 for Windows on your Programs menu.
A welcome screen will appear. Click on “Begin a New Story” and NEXT at the bottom right of the window.
The Import and Arrange screen is where you choose the pictures you want to use in the Story. Click “Import Pictures.”
A File Browser window will appear. This is where you find the location of your pictures.
You can click on the first picture you want to import and scroll down to the last picture and press the Shift key and click and it will select all of those pictures. Click OK to import all of them at one time. You can also choose pictures at different times and from different folders. Note: You can import up to 300 pictures.
Your pictures import onto a timeline. You can change the order by using the arrows on the right or by dragging and dropping them to the location you would like.
Before clicking NEXT, you have the option to get rid of black lines around the pictures or edit the photos. Note: You can Save your project at any time by clicking the Save Project button at the bottom of the screen!
After you click NEXT, you come to the Add a title to your pictures window. You have an option to add text to any of the pictures by clicking on the picture and typing in the text. You can choose color, font, and location of the text. When you have added text to all pictures you wish to add text to, click NEXT.
At the Narrate your pictures and customize motion screen, you can add narration, zoom and pan and set the timing on each picture. After attaching a microphone, select the photo from the timeline that you want to narrate and click on the red dot to begin or stop recording. You can also add notes in the text area. If you make a mistake or don’t like the way it sounds, click on the back arrow button to erase the narration and start again. You can preview the narration by clicking on the Preview button. Below any selected picture, click on Customize Motion
In the Customize Motion Screen you can click specify start and end position of motion and set zoom and pan features of the program. You can also choose to set the duration automatically (based on narration, etc.) or set the number of seconds to display the picture. You can click Preview to see how your picture will look. You can also click the Transition Tab to set transitions from picture to picture.
Transitions determine how the video will move from one picture to the next. Pictures transition automatically unless you wish to set a specific option. Transitions preview at the top of the screen but can also be previewed in a separate window. When you are finished, click Close to return to the previous window. Scroll to view all available transitions.
When you have finished with all narration and customization, click NEXT. This will bring you to the Add background music screen. You have the option to select music you have on your computer or from a CD (non copyright violation). You can preview here as well. Click on select music to go to a CD or folder where you have audio files. You can set the volume of the background music on this screen. You might want the music in the background softer if you have narration.
To create music, you can select genre, band, mood, tempo and intensity.
When music is selected it appears above the pictures on the timeline. You can click on different pictures and change the music to suit a series of pictures. Note the changes in music between pictures 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 and the volume adjustment. Note: Background volume must be adjusted for each different track inserted.
The next step is saving the finished product. Save your story for playback on your computer. Specify where you want to save the movie as well as the name. You can choose to browse for the location. If you leave it at the default it will save to My Documents, My Videos. Click Next. It will take a while to combine, narration and text and pictures depending on the number of pictures.
The final step – Completing PhotoStory 3 for Windows – gives you the option to view your story of create another story. At this point you want to play your story. When it plays through completely, you will find a Window Media Video (.wmv) copy of the video located in My Documents, My Videos unless you changed the default. This file can be played on any computer with a Windows Media Player. Note: The original PhotoStory file cannot be played by someone unless they have the program. You can go back and edit it at anytime, replay it and have a corrected video.