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    I've been using ProShow Gold to produce slideshow/video files. I really like the program but it seems to have a nasty habit of unexpectedly shutting down. I've been investigating but can't seem to find/fix the cause. Now the Photodex web site seems to be down. (out of business?)

    My input to projects:
    -JPG files
    -Videos (AVI, MOV, MPG)
    -Audio files (MP3)

    Desired authoring:
    -captions
    -transitions
    -photo/video manipulation (zooms, pans, etc)
    -prefer audio transitions (fades. etc) ... bit ProShow can't do this

    Desired Output:
    -1080p video file

    I've seen recommendations for:
    -MemoriesonTV but many people report problems using the program
    -TMPGEnc Authoring Works but can's find much feedback

    Is TMPGEnc Authoring Works the best or are there better alternatives?
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  2. TMPGenc Video Mastering Works is probably closer to what you're looking for creatively, though it won't author to DVD or BR. Try Also Sony Movie Studio and DVD Architect.
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    they do not seem to be out of business....website works
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    Any good NLE can do it. VideoStudio, Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, etc. and with more flexibility too!! I used ProShow along time ago and gave it up for a good NLE.
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    Originally Posted by ron spencer View Post
    they do not seem to be out of business....website works
    Just checked the web site again and it is working now.

    Thank-you for the recommendations.

    I've just installed the trial versions of Sony Vegas, TMPGenc Video Mastering Works and Photodex producer.

    I'll test them and post back.
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    I've spent some time evaluating a few alternatives. Recognizing that this is only one person's opinion based on individual needs, here is my feedback:

    Phododex Producer:
    -Very similar to ProShow Gold
    -It also shut down unexpectedly just like ProShow Gold
    -Don't see any advantage is switching

    Sony Vegas:
    -Very professional program with a wealth of features
    -Very steep learning curve
    -A lot more complex that my needs

    TMPGenc Video Mastering Works:
    -Pretty good program with a lot of features but less complicated than Vegas
    -Reasonably steep learning curve
    -Awkward to place 4:3 photo in a 16:9 project and match photo to right aspect ratio
    -Very flexible transitions but takes a lot of fussing to get them right
    -Don't like any program that always requires internet access to verify legitimacy

    Corel Video Studio:
    -not a bad program but more complex than ProShow Gold
    -more oriented toward video production than slideshow production
    -difficult to coordinate titles with individual slides (eg. fade in/out with slide)

    My Conclusion:
    I'm going to stick with ProShow Gold and continue to find out why it unexpectedly shuts down. My needs are fairly simple and this program does what I want with a minimum of complexity.

    However, thank-you to everyone who took the time to make suggestions.
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    Have you checked out the Proshow Enthusiasts website? Here is the url: http://www.proshowenthusiasts.com/

    There are some knowledgeable folks there.

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    I believe that my issue with ProShow Gold is resolved.

    I turned off "GPU acceleration" in the ProShow preferences.

    So far - so good. It hasn't shut down since. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Well, crossing my fingers didn't work.

    After working on another project for some time, ProShow Gold started to crash again. This only seems to happen after some time working on a project. It's almost like the program ultimately runs out of computer resources then crashes.

    I have checked the http://www.proshowenthusiasts.com/ web site. That's where I found the suggestion to turn off GPU acceleration. I can't seem to find any other potential solution other than reinstalling ProShow. I also did that but it didn't help.

    It's a shame because ProShow is the easiest program that I have found to produce a combination slideshow/video.
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    difficult to coordinate titles with individual slides (eg. fade in/out with slide)
    That is just not true and it is an easier to program to use compared to Vegas.
    It makes excellent slideshows.
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    Originally Posted by pepegot1 View Post
    difficult to coordinate titles with individual slides (eg. fade in/out with slide)
    That is just not true and it is an easier to program to use compared to Vegas.
    It makes excellent slideshows.
    OK. Maybe I made a poor choice of words.
    In Corel, the titles are placed in a separate track. In ProShow, they are placed in the slide. I found the ProShow process easier.
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