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How to Create a Photo Slideshow with Photo Slideshow Director HD on iPad

Have many photos on your Computer, iPad and web albums and wonder how to turn these photos into a stunning photo slideshow with many effects? Are you planing to create a music video for YouTube and Facebook on iPad? The following article will show you how to create a wonderful photo slideshow video with music, transitions, pan&zoom, theme, subtitle etc using iPad photo slideshow app—Photo Slideshow Director HD for iPad.

Download slideshow software for iPad in Apple App Store

To create photo slideshow on iPad, you need to install Photo Slideshow Director HD from Apple App Store.

Launch Photo Slideshow App and Import Photos from iPad Photo Library

Tap the app icon to launch it on iPad and create a slideshow project.

Then tap “Photo” icon to import photos from iPad Photo Library. Once you tap the “Photo” icon, all your photo albums in photo library will show in a list. Touch photo album and tap photos to add them into the app for creating a slideshow.

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Import iPad photo library photos

Import Photos From Web Albums

Besides using original photos in your iPad, you can download photos from your web albums for using in a slideshow. The app supports importing photos from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox, Microsoft Skydrive and Instagram. To add web album photos, you just need to tap the web album icon from the list and sign in your account, then choose and tap photos to download to the app.

Even you can snap photos using iPad’s camera and use them anytime you are making the slideshow.

download photos from picasa,flickr

Add web album photos

Arrange photos order and delete photos

To arrange photos order and delete photos from the slideshow, please tap one of photos from the photo list at the bottom of the screen. A “Pencil” icon on the left top of photo thumbnail will appear. Touch it and you will see a small banner showing four option icons, which means arranging photo order, moving to trash, setting pan&zoom and photo editor respectively from left to right.

Tap the first option “Arrange”, there you can drag any photos to anywhere to arrange order of these photos. Also you can drag the photo thumbnails to the places where you want to put the photos. You can delete photos by tapping the second options “Delete”. If you touch the third option, please use pan, pinch, rotation, gestures to set start or end frame to add Pan & Zoom effect into the slideshow.

arrange photo order and delete photos

Photo order arrangement


Edit photos with the app’s photo editor feature

One of the most popular feature of Photo Slideshow Director HD is its photo editing function. Though it is not a professional photo editor, it can meet basic photo editing needs, like cropping photos, photo sharpness, eliminating red eyes, applying filters etc. Among all these photo editing options, I like filter effects most. And the “Sticker” option offers kinds of small art clips for decorating photos.

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Photo filter effcts

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editing feature

Adding Background Music for Slideshow

Tap “Music” icon to import slideshow background music from iPad music library. You can choose music by Songs, Artists, Albums, etc. Tap the music name to import it. After adding music,  a list will show the music you are using in the slideshow. Touch music list, you can arrange songs order or delete songs. The icon(Like a Clock) enables you to sync slideshow duration to music duration.

create music slideshowChoose a Theme and Customize the theme

Now, tap “Theme” option next to “Music” icon. There are many beautiful stylistic themes. Choose the one you like and tough “Customize” to make your theme perfect. A good theme can a color to your slideshow and make the slideshow more fascinating.

choose a theme for slideshow

slideshow theme

Change slideshow transitions

Once photos are imported, the app will apply random transitions between photos. This will be helpful if you are using many photos. If you like, you can change the transitions. Tap the icon between two photos, and tap the transitions you like to apply them.

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Slideshow transitions

Now please tap “Setting” option on the right top of the main screen. There you can set slideshow time and transition time from the drop down option. If you want to play the slideshow repeatedly, please touch and move the switch towards right until it becomes On.

set slideshow duration

Tap setting option

Preview Slideshow and Save Slideshow

After customizing the slideshow, you can preview the slideshow in the app by tapping “Play” icon. If you are satisfied with it, touch “Export” icon to save the slideshow. You can save and share the slideshow in different ways.

  • Save it to iPad Camera Roll as a video
  • Wireless Transfer the finished slideshow to computer
  • Upload the slideshow to Facebook, YouTube for sharing
  • Upload the slideshow video to Dropbox and Skydrive for storing and sharing

Also, you can play the slideshow video on TV via iPad’s Airplay feature. If you have Apple Digital AV Adapter and HDMI cable, you can connect iPad to HDTV, then play the slideshow on TV.


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Export and publish slideshow

It is so easy to make a perfect photo slideshow with music and other effects on iPad.

How to transfer iPad slideshows to desktop PC

After making a fantastic slideshow on iPad with Photo Slideshow Director HD,  you may want to transfer the slideshow video to Desktop PC. Then you can copy it to USB drive for playing on HDTV, or burn to DVD disc, and etc.

You can move a iPad slideshow to computer in two different ways: 1. Wireless transfer to PC using Photo Slideshow Director HD’s built-in WiFi transfer. Read Tutorial>> 2. Transfer the slideshow to PC using iTunes.

How to transfer a slideshow to computer from iPad using iTunes?

Step 1 :  Output a slideshow to a movie file.  Please tap the “Export” icon on the main screen toolbar and share movie to “Photo Library”.

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Output the slideshow to a video format

After touching “Photo library”, a window will pop up, asking you to enter title and description for the slideshow. Then choose a video resolution for 360p, 540p and 720p.

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create a video with title and description

Although the video encoding speed is really fast on iPad, especially on the new iPad, you still need a little patience.  To encode a 5 minutes video of 720p,  it may take about 8 minutes.

Step 2 : After encoding is finished, the slideshow video will be saved to your iPad Photo Library. Now connect iPad to your computer using USB data cable.

Step 3 :  Open iTunes on your computer and it will automatically recognize the iPad and show iPad name under “DEVICES”. Click iPad name and choose the “App” tab on iTunes,  scroll down to File Sharing Section:

Save iPad Slideshow to Desktop PC

Save iPad Slideshow to Desktop PC


Step 4 : Please find our app icon (its name is “PhotoDirector”) and select the .MOV/.MP4 slideshow videos you just created, then click the “Save to…” button to save the videos to your computer hard drive.

Then you can copy the slideshow video to USB memory stick or burn it to DVD.



How to create a photo slideshow project on iPad

Create a photo slide show project on iPad

After running the program, if you see a blank project screen please tap the “New” button at the lower left corner to create a new project.

Create a photo slideshow with photos and music into fantastic slideshow in minutes on iPad.

Create a Photo Slideshow with Photos and Music on iPad

If the project screen doesn’t display, please to to the tab “My Projects” in the upper-right corner above the interface. Then tap the the “New” button in the pop-up screen.

Create a photo slideshow with photos and music into fantastic slideshow in minutes on iPad.

Create a Photo Slideshow with Photos and Music on iPad

Rename a project

Return to the project screen and tap the black edge of the project, use the backspace key to erase the name then tap “Done” on the keyboard.

Create a photo slideshow with photos and music into fantastic slideshow in minutes on iPad.

Rename the Project of Photo Slideshow on iPad

Delete a Project

Please return to the project screen. Go to the tab “Delete”  at the bottom of the screen. Then follow the next instruction “ Delete Project”.

Create a photo slideshow with photos and music into fantastic slideshow in minutes on iPad.

Photo Slideshow Director HD Delete a Project on iPad


How to use AirPlay with Photo Slideshow Director HD on iPad

One of the greatest features of Photo Slideshow Director HD is the AirPlay support. With AirPlay feature, you can  stream the stunning slideshow to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV using WiFi. If you have  an iPad 2 and Apple TV (2nd generation) with both iOS 5 installed, you can use this easy guide to activate AirPlay mirroring on your device and play the slideshow on big screen TV easily.

Minimum Requirements:

1. To use this feature, iPad 2 (and later) and Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)  . It does not work on  iPad1 and AppleTV1 .

2. iOS5(or latter)  is installed on both devices.

3. Wi-Fi.


Step 1: Make sure that your Apple TV is on, and that it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network with your iPad.

Step 2: Double press the home button of iPad to bring up the latest used apps list. Swipe the multitasking tray from left to right, and tap the AirPlay icon.

Photo Slideshow Director HD airplay

Photo Slideshow Director HD AirPlay

Step 3: Choose  “Apple TV” and toggle the on/off slider to ON. Then your iPad screen will be displayed on HDTV.

Step 4: Return back to Photo Slideshow Director HD app, tap the “Export” icon and select the “HDTV” item.

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AirPlay function of Photo Slideshow Director HD

Step 5: Now tap the play button, you can watch your photo slideshow on HDTV.

Play Slideshow on iPad with AirPlay

Play Slideshow on iPad with AirPlay