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Nuts and Bolts

Updated on March 2, 2015
A nutted bolt being attacked by weeds and in danger of drowning
A nutted bolt being attacked by weeds and in danger of drowning | Source

With a simple title like that one, you might expect a simple article. Your expectation was right "on the money," that is, your reading instincts were good ones.

A collection means more than one

What we have here is a small collection of public domain digital images of mechanical nuts and bolts of several types, plus several stray screws tossed in with the rest of the hardware. For each recognizable image, a nut, a bolt, a screw, there was another image developed and saved -- a kaleidoscopic transformation of the original image.

Load 'em up and then sound off

Paired in this manner, the images were then loaded into an easy-to-use piece of software (Microsoft Photo Story 3) which assembled the digital images into a lively presentation that either is a video or could safely be called one. Of interest is the music track that was assembled with the image frames, The Photo Story 3 program actually generates the musical notes to suit the user. You select the sort of instrument sound you want, the tempo, the mood, and so forth. The program makes the right kind of noise based upon your choices.


As of the moment of this writing, Photo Story 3 is a program that can be downloaded free of cost from MicroSoft's website. Music other than the program-generated kind can also be used with Photo Story 3, and there are some free download sources available for both public domain music and music licensed without royalty charge under Creative Commons licensing. One of the CC-licensing providers is You provide artist attribution for the music you use, and Jamendo will provide the licensing.

Two minutes alone with you

This "Nuts and Bolts" video presentation has a playing time of about two minutes and five seconds. In the event you download it as a file from its place on You Tube, it is in the MPEG4 format. Upon its original construction, the video format was "WMV." Video formats are readily changeable from one to another, so whatever video player software you may have in your computer or other video playing device should work directly or can be made to do so.

Modernizing your photo album

There are video generation software packages available other than the one available from MicroSoft, but that package can be considered to represent the lot of them. You can go back to your old photos that sit inside of the photo albums, digitally photograph or scan them, and, from the digital images, produce your own "history" videos, complete with text captions, voice narrations, and background music and sound effects.

In other words, you can become locally thought of as a copy of the famed historical still photo videographer, "Ken Burns."

For those who don't like fuzzy images

Suggestion - If the video playback, below, sets the screen resolution, it is best to select "360p" or greater for a sharper image screen presence.


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      Gustave Kilthau 2 years ago from USA

      Good Doctor BJ - I hope that the Photo Story-3 program information is useful to you. It is really very easy of use. I use the one of the program, "GimPhoto's," apps to produce the kaleidoscopic images from the original photos. (both programs are free-with GimPhoto available at

      I hope that all is well with you these days, and I apologize to you that I have been among the missing from HubPages so much of late.


      Gus :-)))

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the realistic info on the Photo Story 3 program, Gus, it is most appreciated. Will try it out myself. And your Nuts and Bolts video was most creative. Who would ever thunk such neat designs could be created?