How to Make a Video Slideshow in Adobe Premiere Pro
A video slideshow is a way of storytelling, through video – even if that is adding movement to still images through transitions. Using a combination of video footage, still images, text, animations and effects, you can build something unique to share with your audience.
Why Use a Video Slideshow?
The use of video has skyrocketed over the last few years, particularly as technology is more accessible and cheaper than it used to be. Cisco predict that by 2022, video will be 82% of all IP traffic. If you have a message to share, or even if you just want to entertain, it makes sense to embrace video, and a slideshow can be a cost-effective way to do that. Even if you don’t have footage to use, you can create movement from still images with effects like parallax, like this example from Envato’s Slideshow Contest:
Here are some ways making a video slideshow can help your brand or business:
The versatility of a slideshow means you can customise it to fit a variety of scenarios, helping to drive leads or customers to your brand, product, or service
Slideshows are a nifty thing to include in presentations to pep them up a little whilst still keeping the overall look professional
A slideshow can become a sort of teaser or opener, if you have something big coming up like an event, or special release for example
If you’re planning to put your video on social media then you’ll encourage more engagement and get more views compared to plain text or images
How to Create a Stunning Video Slideshow
With developments in video and in software or apps, making a slideshow has never been easier – there are tons of options for creating something that looks great and is effective in getting your message across. If your design or video skills are limited, that’s okay, there are sites like Placeit where you can create a video slideshow right there on the site, without any need for additional software.
If you’re a little more versed in the major software suites like Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro, then you might find sites like Envato Market and Envato Elements have what you’re looking for.
Professionals are creating templates every day, so that you can make a video that’s of a high standard and quality, but also represents you and your brand by allowing you to make changes to colours and fonts, and add your own content.
Some things to consider when designing your video:
Know why you’re making your slideshow – what’s its purpose? Focus on one goal, don’t try to cover everything. You can always make more videos
Tell a story, whether that’s presenting a question and solving the problem, or a simple narrative, but know how you want to begin and end your slideshow
Keep text to a minimum. Videos should focus on great visuals and sound to convey your message
Be consistent. Don’t be tempted to use a massive amount of transitions or animations – it’ll look messy and unappealing
How will you share your video? You may need to make more than one version depending on site limitations
Video Slideshow Templates
There are so many great templates to choose from. Here are a few from Envato Elements, designed for Adobe Premiere Pro, to kick-start your inspiration.