This is a guide to make an animated slideshow on a DVD that will read in any DVD player.Download and install PhotoDVD
- how to video
- how to apply the same transition to many photos
- how to synchronize audio with photos
- Imaging tab settings info
Follow these easy steps to create a slideshow on DVD or for the web:Step 1: Manage your photos
Add the photos to your to project by dragging and dropping your photos into the window, using the icons on the bottom left of the screen, or via File | Add file(s) or Add complete Folder.
By double clicking on your photos in the list you can access the edit slide window where you can rotate your images, change them to black and white, change the animation and more...
With the live preview you can also set your settings in live time. Press play, and as the photos go by apply the movement and transitions you want to be used on that specific photo. Press the Apply and close
button when you have finished editing photos.
If you right click on a picture you will see that you can insert a chapter point.
These chapter points will be the basis for menu Creation. In PhotoDVD You will get a menu that looks like this (the top half of the screen will show the first image of your slideshow):
Selecting Chapters with your remote control brings you to a Menu section that looks like this:
Each chapter point becomes a thumbnail in the menu and a place from where you can begin playing your DVD. You can also change the way these thumbnails are labeled.
Go into the settings and click on DVD Menu. Here you can select different menu templates for your menu, and or choose No MENU, in which case no menu will be generated. If you create chapter points with No Menu
selected they will be, nonetheless, navigation points on your DVD, that you can skip through when watching on your DVD player by pressing the >> button of your remote control.
Examples of the different menu templates:
You can specify the behavior or your DVD with various settings:Auto-start playback
makes your slideshow play immediately when inserted into your DVD player. Not checking this item shows your DVD menu upon start (if you have included one).Loop playback
plays your slideshow in a loop cycle, when the end of the slideshow finishes playing, the slideshow starts playing automatically from the beginning again.Display subtitle on start
will activate/display a subtitle channel if you have written comments to your photos in the edit slide window. Even if you did not add subtitles you may see the filename appear on the screen as it too is considered a subtitle channel. Subtitles / comments can be activated or de-activated via the Settings menu of your DVD or by pressing the "subtitle" button of your remote control.
Chapter text format allows you to choose 1 of 4 ways to label the thumbnails in your chapter menu. Chapter Text:
Once you have defined your chapter points, by right clicking on the same photo you can define your Chapter Text which will be used as the title of the chapter thumbnail in the DVD menu:
Type in the text and press ok.
Looks like: Photo Comments:
By double clicking on your photos you have added to your project you access the Edit slide window. Here you can add comments (1
) to your photo slideshow as subtitles. You can access the subtitle editor on the right side (2
) if you want to go further. On the final DVD you can activate your comments via the Settings Menu or by pressing the subtitle button on your DVD players remote control. If you select Photo Comments
under Chapter text format, the title of your chapters in the menu will be the subtitle comments you wrote for that picture.
Looks like: Time in slideshow:
Will display the time in which this particular slide will appear in the slideshow as the title of the chapter thumbnail in the DVD menu. You can see each time for each chapter point in the photo list:
Looks like: Chapter number:
Will display the chapter number as the title of the chapter thumbnail in the DVD Menu, i.e. Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, etc.
Looks like: Step 2: Manage your music
Once you have defined your chapter points, and have added any other settings to your project in the Edit slide window, click on next. Add music files to play along with your slideshow.
The little scissors mean the audio will be cut (they will finish fading out), because its duration is longer than the diaporama one's. On the contrary, if the audio is shorter, it will loop until the diaporama has finished playing.
When you are ready, click on next.Step 3: Output Format
You can choose either DVD video or YouTube.DVD Video
Choose the video standard: PAL
(for Europe; Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Russia, Australia, Brasil, Argentina . . .) or NTSC
(for United States, Canada, Japan, South America, Mexico, Caribbean area . . .) and full screen (4:3) or wide screen (16:9).
You can also select the menu template which will be used on the title menu.
Below is the destination of the working folder. This will be the location of the compiled project. You can change this location.
If you tick the box "Burn converted project after compilation", it will compile and then burn right away, so make sure you have finished editing your slideshow. Note that even if you choose this option, your compiled project will be saved in the working folder.YouTube
Here are several settings.
Select an audio and a subtitle track and choose the resolution of your compiled video.
The "split output file" option will allow you to get around the 15 minutes length limitation on YouTube. Bascially, it will split your video into parts of the wished duration (in minutes only).
The ouput format will be mp4.
Clicking on Next Step
will lead you to the compiling process which will start automatically.
That is all there is to it!