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whatever duration you have set in the Options panel. You can prepare each image for an animation (showing you start- and end-states in the Stage window) or just a single window for a static image or video. Right-clicking on transitions between slides in the Storyboard will bring up a contextual menu of all the transition types and options (including a few “fun” effects that can get pretty annoying if used too frequently). Clicking on a slide will display a variety of options, including abbreviated options from the Panel area. Basic titling is easy, either over an image or blank slide. All your animation and transitions effects work on the title layer just like slides and videos. We discovered that you can also create and import any file with alpha-channel transparency and overlay that as a title, so you can get even more creative with another application’s text effects. Opening up the Timeline in FotoMagico Pro reveals the program’s real design genius and power come to light (as do a couple of minor annoyances). Clips with any transition other than a hard cut appear as a strip that looks a bit like a Tetris block. Dragging the bottom half changes the duration of the image. Dragging the top half changes the transition time. A numeric display of the clip duration is in the timeline, but you’ll have to open the Options panel to see the (including ease-in and ease-out), which can be copied and pasted to other slides. Generally, the timeline design provides a pleasingly tactile way to work with clip length and transitions, with the easily accessible “handles” making working with transitions more convenient than many video editing programs. Though you can drag the play-head to scrub through the timeline, FotoMagico doesn’t let you park the head mid-clip; it will always snap back to the clip’s start point. This is a bit of an inconvenience if you’re just interested in playing into the ending transition.

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