So I'm a pretty well seasoned graphic designer with some front end web design skills. For an upcoming project (of which I have very little time until the presentation day) for a client that I need to impress, I need some advice on an efficient way to create a text-based (typographic centric) animated slideshow / video. What software do you recommend? I don't want it to look cheesy at all - it needs to look like high-level design. This is a PERFECT example of what I want to emulate:
I am familiar on how to use Flash, but I know how much time that takes and want to avoid doing something from scratch if I can. I've used iMovie to create simple slideshows, but don't think that program would be suited for what I want to do. I recall there were some programs out there at some point that had a large amount of pre-loaded swf scripts that you could just apply to any text, and add it to a timeline. But I don't want the scripts to be too cheesy, and need a large variety to choose from.
Again, short on time so want to see if you can recommend any programs that will take a lot of the leg work out for me. One tiny (and likely obvious) requirement... I need to be able to add music to the slideshow for certain — and I'd like it if the software can auto-sync to music too.
A reasonable cost to purchase any recommended Software is not a major issue - so it doesn't have to be freeware (although that would be just great!!). Also, I own the entire Adobe CS5 Suite so I already have AfterEffects (which I've never used so it seems scary to me), Flash (know how to use but don't want to use it if I don't have to), Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.
Thank you for your time and assistance! 500 points for the best answer :)