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    ok question is how do i create a picture slideshow dvd and a short video

    all on advd-r 4.7

    and i would like to create a menu to select either the slideshow or the video

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  2. Hi AeR0,

    If you want to do it with freeware you can use DVD slideshow GUI to render your slideshow. You can see the tutorial in flash here: flash tutorial.

    Then you can use GUI for DVDauthor to make your menu with buttons and import the mpg from DVDslideshowGUI and your video as mpg(if you video is avi - you can encode it to mpg with quenc. Gui for DVDauthor guide here: DVD menu guide

    Or

    You can use DVDauthor GUI to set up your menu and add the dvd slideshow gui m2v+mp2 and your video to the dvd.

    And finally burn with cdburnerxp pro

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    Try Adobe Premier
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    Hi AeR0,

    However you get there, you'll need both your slideshow and video in DVD compliant MPEG2.

    When authoring, each one will go into it's own track and then the menu will list both tracks so the viewer can pick one or the other, as you want.
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    ok ive got the picture slideshow program im using slide show movie maker version 3.7

    how do i add a video now ? and how do i make a menu so i can select either the slideshow or the movie?
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    Slideshow Movie Make (I believe) outputs to AVI. You need to encode this AVI to DVD compliant MPEG2, then follow my words in the post above.

    If you're not sure on encoding, there's loads of guides to the left.

    A good-t-start-with authoring app is TMPGEnc DVD Author, as well as others already mentioned.
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    right the one i got puts it to a .avi video file.

    could i still use this one?
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    No. See my previous post. A pretty good but affordable encoder is TMPGEnc Plus.
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    AVIDemux is a good free AVI to Mpeg2 Recorder!
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  10. AVIDemux is a good free AVI to Mpeg2 Recorder!
    I agree! Personally I've had some issues with it but that's just me. Another couple good ones for windows are DIKO, and The Film Machine. A really good one for linux is tovid, you could run it in windows using something like cgywin if you wanted to. I really like Slideshow Movie Maker, and yes it outputs to avi, I use the XviD codec and then encode the slideshow to mpeg 2. You can then take your video file (which is also in mpeg 2 by this point) and use GUI for DVD Author to create your menu for it. GFD is great because you can make your menus complex or simple, depending on what you want.
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    Originally Posted by Garibaldi
    ..and yes it outputs to avi, I use the XviD codec and then encode the slideshow to mpeg 2.
    Why use the Xvid codec? It just introduces quality loss. You're better off using something like a DV or similar codec, unless space is an issue...
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  12. Why use the Xvid codec? It just introduces quality loss. You're better off using something like a DV or similar codec, unless space is an issue...
    Space is an issue because SSMM only supports output files up to 2 GB in size. I've used the XviD Codec with it on several projects and have had great results! I can post some screenshots if you want. Also the author of SSMM specifically recommends using XviD with SSMM (look on his site). DV is just uncompressed isn't it? What DV codec do you use?
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    Only 2Gb!!! That's terrible!

    Is that OS independent (i.e. FAT32 and NTFS)? And there's no setting in SSMM? It's not a limitation of a trial or something like that is it?

    DV isn't quite uncompressed, it's compressed but at something like 25Mbps. Any DV codec should be OK, but the Panasonic DV codec is good and free.
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  14. Only 2Gb!!! ieek.gif That's terrible!

    Is that OS independent (i.e. FAT32 and NTFS)? And there's no setting in SSMM? It's not a limitation of a trial or something like that is it?
    No it has nothing to do with the 4 GB limit with Fat32. That is just the highest output for some reason in SSMM, I would email the author if you want to know why specifically. Its freeware, not a trial or anything. I've been able to get some very long slideshows in SSMM with XviD, no problem.
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    Well, I never knew that - then again, I've never used it.

    Still useful to know though...
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  16. Well, I never knew that - then again, I've never used it. laugh.gif

    Still useful to know though...
    Its really a great piece of software, you should give it a try! What codec would you recommend (besides DV) for good quality?
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    Anything that's compatible with SSMM and outputs an AVi, that's also lossless or close to it.

    I'm not familiar with these - so check them out:

    huffyuv (?)
    PICVideo MJPEG (?)
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  18. About Huffyuv, I looked on their site and this was part of the description:
    Huffyuv is an open-source, freeware codec that offers excellent performance, but obviously, as all other lossless video codecs as well, requires helluvalot of free HDD space
    I'm could still give it a try but it sounds like it uses alot of HD space, which probably won't work well with SSMM considering the 2 GB limit. At least for longer slideshows.
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    Yeah - That 2Gb limit really is "a limit". How constricting...?
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  20. Yeah - That 2Gb limit really is "a limit". How constricting...?
    I wonder if someone could get the sourcecode (its freeware so maybe you could) maybe you could find the problem and fix it so there is no limit.
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    Originally Posted by daamon
    Yeah - That 2Gb limit really is "a limit". How constricting...?
    This might be of use/interest.

    I had a 2.92GB file (video only) produced by SSMM using a DV codec for compression. I couldn't get it to open in anything, but then thought I'd try Virtualdub.

    I checked the box "Ask for extended options after this dialog" in the Open Video File dialog box. Then I checked the "Re-derive keyframe flags" box. Vdub started reindexing the file, and then rebuilt the keyframes, and it seemed to work! I saved it out to a new file using "Direct stream copy", and I couldn't see any problems with the file - it played fine. It did take a while, maybe 30 mins to reindex and rekey.

    I was able to add the file into my NLE to mix with some Video, and then output to MPEG2.

    Not an ideal solution, but it did seem to work. Would be interested if it works for anyone else.
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    I may be missing something - the consensus here seems to be drifting towards creating the slideshow as an AVI clip - ie. repeating each slide (frame) for as long as necessary, muxing with a soundtrack and encoding with MPEG2?

    If so...

    Why use a technique that is so wasteful of time and DVD disk space when DVD has a built in feature for displaying still images with background music? See Audio DVD Creator for an example of specialized software which can do it. Any semi-pro DVD authoring app will also let you do it (with a bit more work), and will also let you mix stills and motion backgrounds on the same dvd (which I don't think the specialized apps will).
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    Well this is one of the many instances that having a NLE makes things so much easer.

    Not any help. I know.

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  24. This might be of use/interest.

    I had a 2.92GB file (video only) produced by SSMM using a DV codec for compression. I couldn't get it to open in anything, but then thought I'd try Virtualdub.

    I checked the box "Ask for extended options after this dialog" in the Open Video File dialog box. Then I checked the "Re-derive keyframe flags" box. Vdub started reindexing the file, and then rebuilt the keyframes, and it seemed to work! I saved it out to a new file using "Direct stream copy", and I couldn't see any problems with the file - it played fine. It did take a while, maybe 30 mins to reindex and rekey.

    I was able to add the file into my NLE to mix with some Video, and then output to MPEG2.

    Not an ideal solution, but it did seem to work. Would be interested if it works for anyone else.
    Really?! I'm going to give that a try! If I could have any size output from SSMM that would be great! Do you know why this works specifically (what is the technical reason)?

    I may be missing something - the consensus here seems to be drifting towards creating the slideshow as an AVI clip - ie. repeating each slide (frame) for as long as necessary, muxing with a soundtrack and encoding with MPEG2?
    Does this other option that your talking about allow you to have transitions between pictures and apply Ken Burns effects? That might be why some people choose to use avis -> mpeg 2s for slideshows, because you can add those effects to enhance the presentation.
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    wow im getting confused in here

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    Ignore the little interlude that went on - you've got an AVI from SlideShow Movie Maker. This needs to be encoded to DVD compliant MPEG2.

    You should also have a DVD compliant MPEG2 for your video.

    Each of these, when authoring, will go into it's own track. The menu will then be able to give the option of choosing one or the other, as you want.

    EDIT: And I forgot to add what Garibaldi says below...
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  27. Ignore the little interlude that went on - you've got an AVI from SlideShow Movie Maker. This needs to be encoded to DVD compliant MPEG2.

    You should also have a DVD compliant MPEG2 for your video.

    Each of these, when authoring, will go into it's own track. The menu will then be able to give the option of choosing one or the other, as you want.
    Right, and you can add chapters to each too if you want to be able to skip ahead to each.
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