Weddings mean photos, and photos mean slideshows. If you’re happy with the photo slideshows in iPhoto, read no further. If you want a slideshow that wows the audience and gets you compliments and additional work, then you’ll need FotoMagico, which is what I used to create two slideshows for the aforementioned family wedding (one of wedding and reception photos, one of my sister and me as children).
Here’s a clue that FotoMagico will create better slideshows than iPhoto (or most slideshow apps). There’s a Home version. And there’s a Pro version. The Pro version is so good it’s considered broadcast quality. The Home version is similar, minus a few features.
What you get is a typical photo timeline. Drag and drop photos from iPhoto direct to the timeline. Each photo can have a zoom, pan, or tilt effect, as well as transitions between photos.
The timeline also allows for an audio file to be dropped in. And, text can be dropped in on top of the photos. The interface is intuitive, not complicated, though you’ll devote some learning curve time to trial and error on the settings options.
Even the less expensive FotoMagic Home handles movie clips mixed with photos and text. The Pro version adds multiple audio tracks, a narration recorder, a teleprompter, and Aperture and Lightroom integration.
The slideshow can be exported to YouTube, as a web movie, burned as a DVD, and converted to play on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV. The Pro version has an option to run the slideshow as a standalone player, or exported as an OS X screensaver.
All those controls require some effort to overcome the learning curve, but the end result slideshow is remarkably better than anything you can do in iPhoto.