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05/27/2007 08:28:54 PM · #1
I have been using Proshow Gold to make DVD photo slideshows for quite a while. I'm having problems with it and would like to replace it with something better. Is anyone using something that they are completely happy with?
05/27/2007 08:39:14 PM · #2
I've been trying out pixtivity and have really enjoyed it so far, it's worth a look, plus they do have the demo.
05/27/2007 09:41:05 PM · #3
When I was looking for slideshow software I tried a bunch of the free ones as well as some reasonably priced ones.

Of all the ones I tried it was down to Pinnacle Studio 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0. I picked Adobe since the interface was better (IMO). Both allow layering of video and audio tracks and adding transitions between frames or multiple images per frame is very easy.

Both Pinnacle Studio and Adobe Premiere Elements have trial versions for download so you can try them out.


05/27/2007 10:00:22 PM · #4
My pinnacle studio keeps locking up on me - and I have tried several versions of it, and on several different computers - the darn thing is somehow too buggy to work properly.

Because of those problems, I have tried oodles of different programs in an effort to find something else more reliable.

Sadly, though, Pinnacle has spoiled me. If it worked properly, it would be BY FAR the best slideshow program I have tried out. It does everything I want it to do, and more. Nothing else measures up (all my opinion, of course.... others' mileage may vary).

So I keep sticking with it, hoping that some day an upgrade or patch will fix all my problems with it.
05/27/2007 11:16:10 PM · #5
Just curious what problems you're running into with PSG and whether you've upgraded to the latest version or not? (I upgraded just before a wedding two weeks ago and I noticed there were tons of bugs that were fixed and of all that were mentioned I think I had only run into one of them)

I'm using Proshow Producer now. It's mostly the same as PSG, just with the added ability to do layers and a few other little things. I like it a lot. There isn't much I'd want it to do differently.

05/27/2007 11:24:08 PM · #6
Originally posted by dwterry:

Just curious what problems you're running into with PSG and whether you've upgraded to the latest version or not?


I don't have the latest version... I'm using version 2.5 and they have version 3.0 out. Since I'll have to pay $45 to upgrade to version 3, I am looking at my other options.

The major problem that I have is when I create a DVD slideshow, the average PC won't play it. It hangs, skips, jumps, etc, indicating that the pc doesn't have enough horsepower to run the show. My most recent problem is that someone's home DVD player won't play the show either. I hadn't run into that problem until now.

I'm going to take a look at Adobe Premier Elements demo and see if I like it or not...
05/27/2007 11:39:31 PM · #7
HI
If you want the best there is, then I can recommend this.
3D ALBUM PICTURE PRO PLATINUM. They have a basic model as well. There is a learning curve involved but once you have mastered it you will have the best slide show ever! Download a trial version and try it out.
05/27/2007 11:41:55 PM · #8
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

My most recent problem is that some one's home DVD player won't play the show either. I hadn't run into that problem until now.


I ran into that once, I switched to a different type of DVD media and then their DVD player worked. I was using DVD +R and switched to DVD -R for them (and for awhile I stuck to -R format, but now I'm back to +R again). So if your writer does both formats, it'd be a quick/easy test.


05/28/2007 12:30:15 AM · #9
Originally posted by dwterry:

Originally posted by jmsetzler:

My most recent problem is that some one's home DVD player won't play the show either. I hadn't run into that problem until now.


I ran into that once, I switched to a different type of DVD media and then their DVD player worked. I was using DVD +R and switched to DVD -R for them (and for awhile I stuck to -R format, but now I'm back to +R again). So if your writer does both formats, it'd be a quick/easy test.


That could be one of my problems. I always write video to -R format disks, but I'm out of them and used +R. I didn't even think about that. I guess an older DVD player might not like the +R format so well.
09/01/2008 09:18:58 PM · #10
I highly recommend PHOTO STORY PLATINUM which is easy to use yet creative software to turn photos and songs to stunning slideshow and share on Youtube, mobile devices or burn CD/DVDs.
It has the power to leave someone breathless and offers much simplicity but although a perfect professional result.

official website:
//www.ourpix.com/photo-story.html
hope it helps.

Message edited by author 2008-09-23 04:15:05.
10/11/2008 10:28:22 PM · #11
I have photo story platinum. It's so good that I don't want to tell anyone. The results on the tv or the computer look like George Lucas Star Wars. However i want to show off my work on U tube. does anyone know how to upload to utube using this wonderful software?

Message edited by author 2008-10-11 22:29:23.
10/14/2008 01:07:37 PM · #12
do you know if it supports RAW files ? to avoid to convert them before doing a DVD slideshow ?
11/11/2008 09:39:30 PM · #13
Originally posted by shezzbeck1:

I have photo story platinum. It's so good that I don't want to tell anyone. The results on the tv or the computer look like George Lucas Star Wars. However i want to show off my work on U tube. does anyone know how to upload to utube using this wonderful software?


hi shezzbeck1,
I found a step by step tutorial about how to turn photo into youtube video and upload to youtube with photo story platinum on its official website,hope it help.
//www.ourpix.com/tutorial/youtube-photo-slideshow.html

Message edited by author 2008-11-11 22:27:10.
02/02/2009 05:24:00 PM · #14
I highly recommend WnSoft PicturesToExe Deluxe - slideshow software. The main benefits:
- Reliable work of the main program and created executable EXE files with slideshows.
- Highest quality and sharpness of picture (even 1920x1080).
- Many output options: EXE file, DVD-Video, MP4, publish on Vimeo and YouTube.
- Ability to create complex animation of images on a slide, Masks.
See slideshow examples here.

Message edited by author 2009-02-02 17:31:30.
02/02/2009 05:33:21 PM · #15
Originally posted by SkyFinder:

I highly recommend WnSoft PicturesToExe Deluxe - slideshow software. The main benefits:
- Reliable work of the main program and created executable EXE files with slideshows.
- Highest quality and sharpness of picture (even 1920x1080).
- Many output options: EXE file, DVD-Video, MP4, publish on Vimeo and YouTube.
- Ability to create complex animation of images on a slide, Masks.
See slideshow examples here.


Do you know the difference between basic and deluxe? (other than price) Can't find a comparison on the website.
02/03/2009 10:18:59 AM · #16
According this page:

Deluxe edition "additionally includes VideoBuilder to easily burn slideshows on DVD-Video discs, create HD video files (H.264) for PC and Mac, publish slideshows on Youtube and Vimeo, video for iPhone and iPod".

So I think you may want prefer Deluxe edition.

I've choosed Deluxe edition ($75).

Message edited by author 2009-02-03 10:28:57.
05/21/2009 04:38:56 AM · #17
Here I will recommend photo story platinum, I keep it as an alternative to use along with MS Movie Maker. The output options and more than 200 templates is what makes it popular,especially the theme and styles about wedding,kids,love, Movie,etc

Supported Input Format
Pictures: BMP / JPG / JPEG / PNG
Music: MP3 / WMA / WAV
Supported Output Format Video:
DVD-Video ( NTSC/ PAL [16:9 ][4:3] ) / MP4 / 3GP / WMV / MPEG-2 / AVI / WMV

Turn Photo to Video for YouTube

Graduation album and music slideshow

Unique Father's Day Slideshow

Newborn Baby Slideshow

Message edited by author 2009-06-08 02:57:23.
05/21/2009 07:43:01 AM · #18
I use the pro version of Memories on Tv by Code Jam. It is a very creative program.
//www.codejam.com/index.htm
05/27/2009 11:40:50 AM · #19
Does anyone know what software was used to create this slideshow?

//bradyoshiro.com/blog/2009/02/21/wedding-slideshows/
05/28/2009 01:53:20 PM · #20
Anyone?
05/28/2009 01:58:00 PM · #21
Originally posted by bigrc:

Does anyone know what software was used to create this slideshow?

//bradyoshiro.com/blog/2009/02/21/wedding-slideshows/


Can't tell. The link doesn't work.
05/28/2009 02:03:18 PM · #22
I've never had any problems with PSG and in fact I'd say 80-90% of the members of my local photoclub use it for their slideshows. (We do a photo essay as one of the competitions).
05/28/2009 02:16:53 PM · #23
any recommendations for mac users?
05/30/2009 08:11:29 PM · #24
The link works for me. Anyone else care to help me figure it out?
06/02/2009 04:23:22 PM · #25
Anyone?
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