RealTimes from RealPlayer is a free software to create video stories from photos. Using this software, you’ll be able to bring all your favorite photos to life by turning them into stunning video stories. It offers various video filters and transitions which you can add to your stories in order to make them look astonishing. You can also add predefined music to the stories or upload and add your own. Currently, it offers 10 different predefined music tracks including Inspire, Winning, Shining Bright, Piano Music Inspiration, etc. Another unique feature of RealTimes is “Remix” which automatically selects the best scenes from your story and includes them in the story duration assigned by you.
Similar to other applications such as PicoVico, Animoto, etc., you can also use RealTimes to turn a bunch of your favorite photos into videos (stories) with animated transitions. Apart from turning photos into stories, you can also use your existing videos and create eye-catching stories out of them. All the photos, videos, and stories are safely stored in the cloud of RealTimes (1 GB maximum storage in the free version).
Note: The free version of RealTimes is limited to 1 GB of storage, maximum story length of up to 30 seconds, SD quality playback & streaming, and limited filters & transitions. If you like RealTimes and want to get rid of these limitations, then go ahead and purchase the premium version.
How to Create Video Stories from Photos using RealTimes:
Step 1: First, you need to install and launch “RealPlayer (RealTimes)” on your PC and then go to the “Library” tab. After that, click on the “Photos” option on the left and upload the photos using which you want to create video stories. When the photos are uploaded, simply select the photos and then hit the “Create Story” button at the bottom, as shown below.
As soon as you do that, it will open up a new “RealTimes Story” window with all the editing options. At the bottom of the window, you’ll see 4 different editing options named, Title, Scenes, Effects, and Audio.
Step 2: Now, to start editing the story, simply click on the “Title” option to add a title slide to the story. For this, you can simply enter a title, description, and then choose the title slide background. You can either select any of the uploaded photos as the background or choose a color layout.
Step 3: After adding a title slide, click on the “Scenes” option to view and edit scenes (each photo will play as an individual scene in the story). Here, you’ll be able to add new scenes (photos), delete unnecessary scenes, and reorder scenes by dragging the position. It will also display the story duration by including all the scenes. Remember, the maximum story duration in the free version is limited to 30 seconds.
Step 4: Once you’re done playing with the scenes, click on the “Effects” option to choose a video filter and transition for the scenes. The free version of RealTimes offers a limited amount of free filters and animated transitions.
Step 5: You can also add music to your video stories to make them more interesting. To do this, simply click on the “Audio” option at the bottom and then you will see 10 different predefined music tracks. You can either select any of these music tracks for your story or you can also upload your own audio file.
Step 6: At the bottom of the RealTimes window, you will also see a “Remix” button using which you’ll be able to add a remixed flavor to your video stories. To remix a story, you need to click on the “Remix” button, set a story duration, enable shuffle scene order, and allow randomize music. After that, simply click on the “Remix Now” button and it will automatically select the best scenes from the story and use the assigned settings to remix the existing story.
Step 7: When you’re done making video stories using your photos, you can directly share them with others via Facebook and Email to show off your creativity.
My Final Verdict:
RealTimes is a pretty interesting and useful software that can help you bring all your favorite photos together and turn them into visually appealing video stories. Personally, I like RealTimes as it comes with a simple and intuitive interface and also offers various filters, transitions, and music tracks to make the video stories stunning.