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    Default Looking for a good slide-show software

    I'm starting to look for a software that allows me to make and display a nice slide-show with a high quality XGA (or better) projector.

    My requirements are that I must be able to customize each transition (type and transition time) and of course synchronize the transitions with sound.

    It is an advantage if the program can make the slide-shows in a format suitable for the web as well.

    Any suggestions or experiences?

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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    Jens,

    Anything wrong with MS PowerPoint ?

    If you are looking for something cheaper, Sun has within their "Star Office" suite their presentation program "Impress" which is a PowerPoint compatible presentation package.
    http://www.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/impress.jsp

    Or you can download the free Open Source version of the "OpenOffice" suite "Impress" presentation package.
    http://www.openoffice.org/product/index.html

    Both of these last two are multiplatform - so you can choose Linux or Windows or both platforms !

    I am sure there are others but I'm only familiar with these and it keeps you mainstream.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    Hi Jebir,

    I have used the following:

    1. ProShow Producer from Photodex: Has the best group of features but can be buggy at times. Has the ability to make DVD shows. Has a less expensive version, ProShow Gold. http://www.photodex.com

    2. Pictures To Exe: Quirky interface but produces the sharpest output. Has the ability to make DVD shows. http://www.wnsoft.com

    3. Memories On TV: I've only used this a little but it works pretty well. Has built-in transitions like the two above and lets you create your own, too. Has ability to make DVD shows. http://www.codejam.com/slideshow/index.htm

    There are lots of others out there and I've tried some of them. These are the three I like the best.
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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    If you are using a Mac, FotoMagico does everything you need, and more. In my experience it is excellent.

    http://boinx.com/


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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    Thanks for the tips Friends.

    rally, maybe Powerpoint will work but in the past I have had problems with it for slide shows as it tends to load all images into RAM upon starting the show. My laptop has only 512 MB RAM of which half is occupied by the system...

    Chuck, FotoMagico seems to be very comprehensive, too bad I am using a PC.

    Jim, I'll check out all your suggestions. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    I can vouch for Proshow Gold. Full control of transitions and allows pan and zoom of individual slides. Full music support too.
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    I've used Pics 2 Exe with success in the past.
    http://www.swimswithsharks.com
    http://www.topsidephotos.com/

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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    I make slideshows for my wedding couples all the time and I love Memories On TV for how quick and easy it work.

    I used to use Pro Show Gold but bitched at the company so bad they sent me a cheque to say sorry. V2 would crash, burn bad disks and more. It was SO bad! but I have yet to hear anything issues with v3 but I have not been looking either.

    Pro Show Producer is top of the heap but you pay a top price for it. when Pro Show Gold was crashing Producer was getting praised!

    One thing I noticed with Pro Show and Memories on TV is they both do what the other can't. Pro shows' webshow is great quality where MOT is lacking! but with Pro Show products your customer would need a plug in to view the shows and I am not sure it works on MAC yet.

    Memories on TV does a great job on the DVD side of things.

    Most of the pros I know are using one of these two! Memories on TV used to put out an update very often and its been a while since the last so I am expecting a new version soon. One thing I have to say about Memories on TV and Code Jam, IT provides the best customer service I have ever experienced in my life! I am not just talking about online I am talking about everything. They work hard to fix any issues!

    Take Care

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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    Jens, if you're a Windows XP user, believe it or not, Microsoft Movie Maker does a very, very credible job and is included with XP.

    Microsoft Photostory works quite well and is a free download.
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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    Does anyone know if any of the above mentioned programs let you add small video clips to the slideshow?

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    MS MovieMaker lets you blend video clips with pictures. Do it every year with the boys' hockey video.
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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    Thanks a heap for the tips!

    A practical question: How are you guys dealing with copyrighted music in your web-published slide shows?

    I checked out Pro Show Gold and I liked it although the plugin thing and the eventual non-Mac compatibility is a definite minus. I'll check out the other options in the weekend.

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    Thanks Tom, I'll check it out. Does it make standalone shows or is a program needed to see the shows?

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    Both generate .avi files
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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    Both FastStone Image Viewer and Irfanview produce slideshows. And they are free. Windows only.

    http://www.faststone.org/download.htm
    http://www.irfanview.com/
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    Hey Jens,

    I am using a few different Royalty Free Music Sites to buy music from for my slideshows. http://www.stock20.com/ Is a good one where you can get the rights to a song for $7.

    If you are looking for something with a little higher end feel then you are looking at trying http://www.stockmusic.net. They some great tunes but you are looking at $30/trax.

    Other than that, I am always on the hunt for some local bands who will give me the OK to use their tunes and I give them credit in the slideshow with a link to their site. Free tunes for free advertising.

    Hope this helps!

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    Hi finemom,

    ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer both accept video clips. I don't know about Pictures to Exe or Memories On TV. If I can find some time I'll check on those two.
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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    OK guys, I'm evaluating several of these suggested softwares and it seems like testing the workflow and power of the softwares is the easy part.

    It seems like one will have to get the high-end versions of the softwares in order to generate a slideshow with a true resolution of XGA (1024x768 pixels²) or more . I'd ultimately want to be able to generate UXGA (1600x1200 pixels²) slide shows for professional shows with an audience.

    Now, what I can't evaluate properly is if the available output formats are what I need - simply because 1) I'm not into digital video at all, 2) I am not into Macintosh at all, and 3) it isn't always clear from the websites of the various softwares.

    I have three requirements for the output format of the slide shows:
    • Platform-independent viewing
    • Web-showing without the need of a plugin
    • Smooth transitions at high resolution shows via a Windows laptop+digital projector
    I'd be very happy for any insight into what I should look out for in the softwares in order to fulfill these requirements.

    [RANT]
    It irritates me that these things aren't listed properly at the producers's websites but have to be learnt the hard way. Why should I have to download, install, and learn the entire workflow (which can be a subtantial effort) just to figure out if it is adequate for my needs (not talking about workflow which usually can be coped with)? For software in the $100-300 class, I think the producer should make available detailed specifications and manuals on their websites. No... they are lazy... bahh...!
    [/RANT]


    Any tips regarding the file-formats from those who have made this already are very welcome!

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    Default Re: Looking for a good slide-show software

    I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio for video DVD slide shows with JPGs. On my computer, Lview has a slide show feature that I use on my computer. It was a cheap little program that can edit pictures and do slide shows. lviewp1c.zip was the version I use. It was $20. The newer one is harder to use. This was from 1995. Its 32-bit and works in XP x64. I can open 900 JPGs in XP x64 with it.

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    Thanks Michael,

    Sony Vegas Movie Studio is my favourite right in regards of the workflow. However, as I wrote, I don't really know which formats are suitable for cross-platform viewing and web-streaming. Any insigth on that?

    SVVS has a maximum output resolution limited to 800x600 in the standard edition (I think it is 1400x something in the Platinum edition for $119).

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    I have not reinstalled it yet from my last upgrade of hardware. I will do it this week. I do have the platinum version. I usually make video DVDs and play them from the laptop instead of running it from the hard drive. Platinum was worth the $119. It is very fast. Runs on all four Opteron cores. I can encode a 2 hour DVD project in 90 minutes. MyDVD was over 3 hours. What is your video out on your laptop to your projector?

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    This is the best i came across so far but unfortunately it only comes in french. If you have no problem with that visit this link: http://www.microapp.com/logiciel_vos...2007_9085.html

    It will make a slide show, mix sound, mix video, animated text any where you need it, tones of transition, sound effects, export from 1080i HDTV to 320x240 video file for the web even cell phone. Its amazingly easy to use and incredibly cheap to buy. Ive made countless videos and slid show with this super software.

    Heres my last video that i made in just 2 hours "video encoding included".
    17 minutes includes videos, pictures, music, transition fade in/out and text. File size is 48 megs and will auto play in the popup window. Leave it time to load a little.
    http://milesimages.ca/film3.html. This is an annual sand castle building for all types of people of all ages. I didn't make a pro result cause its free for people to view on my web site and didn't want to spend 2 days on this. Double click on video to watch in full screen.


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