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Making slide shows with DVD Photo Slideshow

Making slide shows with DVD Photo Slideshow - A step by step guide to using DVD Photo Slideshow to make impressive photo presentations.

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I had an amazing vacation with my friends and took thousands of photos. I need to organize these photos in a special way not in random way. I have seem a photo DVD created by one of my colleagues. The DVD he made is fantastic. All photos play in a really smooth way and background music is added. He created different chapters on the DVD and each chapter is a complete story. Really cool and I want to make a similar one. Then I googled “photo to dvd” and finds there are so many programs claiming they can do this and I download demos. Finally, I found DVD Photo Slideshow and it is quite suitable for computer beginners like me. “As easy as 1.2 3” is advertised by Ansvoft, who produced DVD Photo Slideshow. In fact, the simplicity is the very reason I love it.

The following is what I do in DPS to create my slideshow.

Step one: Organize photos
Organize all photos in a folder and then create subfolders for each chapter of DVD beforehand. The reason I do this is DVD Photo Slideshow supports Batch Collect feature and I can simply add each readied subfolder as an individual slideshow.

Step two: Add photos
Run DPS and then right-click on the left bottom panel to choose Batch Collect from the menu. Then select the folder I have created and click OK. Each subfolder in this folder will be an individual small slideshow (chapter) in the whole slideshow. I can add different music and choose different album theme for each album.

Step three: Add sound tracks
It’s time to edit my album one by one. I organized albums by date. The first album is July 4th on beach and the second one is July 5th in museum, and so on so forth. The first modification I want to do is to add music to each album. More than one sound track, including mp3 music, recording voice and CD tracks, can be added. After select desired music, I trim them to match the duration of the whole album.

Step four : Choose a theme
I need to choose a theme to make the album look more animated. There are more than 50 cute and professional theme templates provided for selection. I choose the one with Hawaii scenery for my first album. Credits and titles can also be added to make the whole slideshow look like a complete play.

Step five: Modify each photo
I intend to make photos play smoothly with different transition effects. More than 260 effects are provided. I can simply click a button to randomize all transition effects to the album, but after this, I can customize those I am not satisfied with by double-clicking the slide and then clicking Transition Effect to make changes. Pan and zoom effect can be customized fully in this program and this is really good.

Text also is needed to describe the photo in more detailed way. Double-click the slide and then click Edit tab to add text I need.

Step six: Choose a DVD menu
In order to make my slideshow look more professional, I choose a DVD menu template for the whole slideshow. I can control the playback of the slideshow through the menu page.

Step seven: Burn the slideshow on DVD
Insert the DVD to burner and then choose DVD Video Disc as the output format. Click Burn Now and all I have done is burned on DVD playable on TV.

Tips:

  • Narration can also be added. You can just click the number marked on slide in Transition and Music tab to add sound narration to the slide.
  • Video clips can also be added as an individual album
  • With this program, you can also output the photo slideshow in other formats, such as VCD and MP4, FLV and AVI.
  • Licensed music is not supported. For example, the music purchased from iTunes cannot be added. You can need to record the music or convert the music.

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