Photo Gallery: How to add Slide Show?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by Beat, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. Beat

    Beat Guest

    Wonderful, I have all my pictures in Vista Photo Gallery, added Copyright and
    Tags.
    Now, I want to create slideshows. How do I do that?

    The only way I could think of is: Add a special Tag for each slideshow I
    want. Gut still: The order would not be freely definable.

    How do I
    - create a sequence of photos without duplicating them physically?
    - define transitional effects?
    - save it for future use?

    Can I do this with Photo Gallery or do I need another program? Which one is
    best?

    Your help is very much appreciated.
    Beat
     
    Beat, Feb 11, 2007
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    Bobfather Guest

    Make sure you change the folder properties to photo/ video (right click on
    the folder then choose properties, then customize Use folder type as
    template, use the dropdown list to pick pictures and video.) then a slideshow
    option will be on the tool bar of the open folder.
     
    Bobfather, Feb 12, 2007
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  3. Beat

    Beat Guest

    Many thanks, Bobfather

    Your tipp allowes me to view the content of a folder as a slideshow.

    But this is not enough.

    I want to compose a slideshow from img's coming from different folders,
    having different filenames, different timestamps, different tags.
    Then I want to sort the pictures manually and define transtition effects
    between the pictures
    Finally, I want to save the slideshow for future use.

    If I understand you response, it does not answer this.

    So the question remains:
    - Can I do this in Vista
    - or do I need to buy another Software.
    - What ist he best SW for this?

    I did like ACDC, It can do the above, but it does ot exist for Vista.

    Can you please give me a hint?
    Beat
     
    Beat, Feb 12, 2007
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  4. Hi Beat,

    Have you tried Windows Movie Maker already? It helps you import audio/video/pictures from different locations in the hard drive, add transition effects. Eventually it creates a video file (.wmv). This can be used for slideshows.

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    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Many thanks, Bobfather

    Your tipp allowes me to view the content of a folder as a slideshow.

    But this is not enough.

    I want to compose a slideshow from img's coming from different folders,
    having different filenames, different timestamps, different tags.
    Then I want to sort the pictures manually and define transtition effects
    between the pictures
    Finally, I want to save the slideshow for future use.

    If I understand you response, it does not answer this.

    So the question remains:
    - Can I do this in Vista
    - or do I need to buy another Software.
    - What ist he best SW for this?

    I did like ACDC, It can do the above, but it does ot exist for Vista.

    Can you please give me a hint?
    Beat
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Feb 13, 2007
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  5. Beat

    Beat Guest

    Yes, Ramesh, I tryed MovieMaker.

    It is great to arrange pictures, define Transitions, add tone and to export
    the finished show. Specially nice is, that I can embed the littel movies I
    made with my photo camera.

    It has the following disadvantages:
    - it 'copies' the images.
    - the screen resolution is lousy.
    - during viewing, I cannot zoom in/out of my picture to show Details (If I
    made a 360-Picture from a 8000M Peak for example)

    But you are right: The people programming the MovieMaker have 95% of the
    work done. They should just add the features needed for slidshows:
    - work with pointers to the files instead of copys
    - giving me the full resolution (or a resolution of my choice) at viewing time
    - integrate an "Export" function that would copy the viewer, pictures and
    the metainformation to a DVD so I could easily show my slides on a friends PC.

    The question is still open:
    - With what SW shall I produce my slideshow?

    Best regards
    Beat



     
    Beat, Feb 13, 2007
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  6. Beat

    George Gray Guest

    You might try Microsoft's PhotoStory 3. It is a free download.
    It allows multiple photos from anywhere on your system, transitions, special
    effects like the 'Ken Burns effect' (focusing on a spot on your photo and
    then moving around or staying stationary, allows you to highlight a specific
    area of the picture, etc.) and add music. You can turn it into a movie
    suitable for burning to a CD or DVD.
    Oh, you can also add narration and there is even a built in -- but
    limited -- soundtrack maker that lets you create 'music' out of a decent
    selection of sounds and tones. Pretty cool stuff.
     
    George Gray, Feb 14, 2007
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  7. Beat

    Beat Guest

    Thanks for your hint, George.

    But this PhotoStory does the same as MovieMaker: It makes a low resolution
    movie out of my high resolution photos.
    This is not what I want.

    - Each image should exist on disk just 1 time.
    - the slide show-program should just memorize the sequence and the
    transitions.
    - and it should be able to read the EXIF-Info so I can use the cataloging I
    did already in Photo Gallery

    Beat
     
    Beat, Feb 14, 2007
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  8. Beat

    George Gray Guest

    Actually, that is not quite right. You can make very high resolution movies
    out your slide shows. The problem is that when you put them on any medium
    other than your computer, the resolution will degrade. For example, if you
    want to burn a DVD, the resolution will be changed to match that of the DVD.
    How do you want to distribute your slideshows?
     
    George Gray, Feb 14, 2007
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  9. Beat

    George Gray Guest

    Sorry, did not see the EXIF requirement. Photostory is probably not for you
    then.
    Adobe has a product that would probably work well for you.
     
    George Gray, Feb 14, 2007
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  10. Beat

    Beat Guest

    Thanks again, George.

    Size is not a problem: If I have a show of 50 Pictures, 3 MB average size,
    this is 150 M. I add 20 M Metainformation - this is still not much.

    What I do not understand: Photo Gallery has most of the necessary functions.
    I can search my Images and dispaly them. What they should do: Allow to sort
    the selected images and allow to save the list in an XML-File. Also: They
    shold add the posibility to save copy the images the list points to to a DVD
    renamed according to the sorting.

    Adobe Photoshop (the small Version) is a big and complicated product. 90 %
    of the functionalyity is related to edit images - this is not necessary.

    regards
    Beat
     
    Beat, Feb 14, 2007
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