Go Gracefully between Songs in ProShow

Most songs are 3 or 4 minutes long, but our slide shows can run a whole lot longer, so we add multiple songs. Fading out the end of one song and fading in the beginning of the next can lead to a fade that sinks down into silence before the next song fades in. Very ungraceful. The solution is to overlap the end of the first and the beginning of the next song. Don’t be afraid to apply long fades–they’re far more graceful. For example, here’s where two songs meet:

Notice the flat line between the songs? The first song has a short stretch of silence at the end of it. It’s this kind of thing that makes supplying a formula for fade and overlap impossible, but if you look at the tracks, you’ll be able to take such things into account.

For this pair of songs, I found that using 10 seconds for the first song’s fade-out and the second song’s fade-in worked perfectly when combined with a -2 offset for the second song. Had the silence at the end of the first song been longer, I would have had to account for it, supplying a longer negative offset. Only our ears can tell us when something is right.

Here’s how I set song #1:

And here are song #2’s settings:

Listen for a gradual fading out, and before the first song is completely gone, the second song slowly fading in. You want neither silence nor abruptness.

You can do these adjustments directly in the soundtrack, but for me, the sound options screen is faster and more precise. How you do it is up to you.

Published in: on November 29, 2012 at 11:05 am  Comments (10)  
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  1. Remember all of us appreciate what you teach us, although we very seldom post any cooments. THANKS!!

    • You’ve no idea how such a comment pleases me! 🙂

  2. Ahem, I will second that. It’s amazing how Proshow is so much easier to use after other’s show you how to do something. I will definitely post comments after each and every video you upload from now on.

    Thank you so much and keep posting.

    John A

    • John, we’re all still learning, and we’re doing it by helping one another no matter where we are on this earth. What would we do without the internet?


  3. Thank you for your posting. You have tips and tricks that I would have never learned by just reading the manual. These are very helpful! Thanks!

    • Sharla, the manual is better than it used to be, but it still leaves an awful lot to be desired. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a third-party book called “The ProShow Bible”? It would be a bestseller amongst ProShow folk.

  4. Endless thanks, Barbara, for all your help. I always wondered how to handle those spaces between songs.

    • Elizabeth, not until I started composing music did I learn how to overlap fades, and only then did I realize the process is the same in ProShow. A light bulb moment!

  5. Thank you, Barbara. You make it this so easy but to someone who is not verymusically inclined your tip is a boon!
    Another ProSho Think for my folder.

    • Rosemary, it was uncomfortable for me to hear sound dip down into silence before rising back up, and knowing it was the silence that disturbed, I sought a way to eliminate it. It was a simple fix, but it sure took a while to understand WHAT needed fixing.

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