I have tried various softwares that will create a good slideshow with transitions and, repeat music insertion, some have limits on the no. of slides to show, some DVD's will not display on TV, others are that complicated that I need to read instructions every time I do a Project.
Can anyone advise the considered, "Best", all rounder. I was told about, "Roxio 2010" & now, 2011, on a cruise recently but have not had the experience yet. I have started with around 600 pics. and will reduce this to the very best pics. prior to creating a slideshow to eventually produce a DVD to show on TV's, funds are a bit limited for this venture, can anyone help with a recommendation / comments.
DVD SlideShow is easy to use and frustrating at the same time. If ArcSoft decided to dust off this relic and give it a coat of polish, odds are itís going to become more difficult to use. The main issue comes in the form of features not working as they should or altogether. We had to reinstall the program several time because it started to develop a mind of its own.
Photodex's offerings were leading the pack a few years ago when I was looking. Maybe they still are. Look at ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer. I believe they have a free trial.
ProShow is good. I have used it, but is there a reason you don't want to use the ubiquitous PowerPoint? It will do everything you mentioned and it is on virtually everyone's machine nowdays. Even if it isn't, you can export a viewer with the show.
I have been very happy with Photodex's Proshow Gold and they do have a Free 30 day trial. Also use a high quality DVD+R -- this will ensure you have better luck playing on different players (I use Taiyo-Yuden brand media).
Cyberlink has some very good programs and you don't need to buy the whole suite only if you want to and they offer 30 day trial.
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Another vote for Photodex's ProShow. I started with Gold then moved to Professional. There is a slight learning curve (nothing like PhotoShop) but its use is only limited by how much you are willing to put into the presentation.
I've used several different programs and they all seem to have one common problem. If I create a slide show and try to sync the photos to a background music track, the timing changes depending on the PC you use. Seems it's all CPU dependent.
but is there a reason you don't want to use the ubiquitous PowerPoint?
Probably because it is a nightmare to get PowerPoints onto a DVD for viewing on a TV.
Unless there is a tool for that somewhere that I missed.