Audio Visual – all sorts of names had been adapted for that medium – in the past a minimum of two slide projectors, otherwise there would be a dark screen between images, about one second at best. The creative dissolve was one of the most important elements of these shows. Still is – or ought to be – today with digital equipment.
Sound is still much more important than most digital programme suppliers make it out. For real Audio Visual, one would not take any old background music, doodling along. It ought to guide the visuals in most productions. O.k, beginners select a suitable piece, – priority is the length – after they have estimated average screentimes of the images. That’s quite normal, I have started like that as well.
Average does not mean, equal dissolves and screen times. That you can choose in the programme, click “auto-show”, and this might be useful for setting up the basic show. Any AV, which is made like that, without any changes in rhythm ( according to your sound ) will be an inferior show.
If you see enough good AVs, you might soon pay more attention to the sound. Either have lyrics to which you will fit images or you work in tandem, sound and images. I does pay off to have a good idea of the music and the images. If you have a theme – say flowers and plant related – you could record the music, edit and get a feel for the piece or the mix. Then you play it quite often and think which images are suitable to each other and to the music. ……………so far 12. Sept. 2017 …………