How do you make the DVD's?
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    Default How do you make the DVD's?

    I've been helping Leslie (who recently passed the written exam) put her images to DVD. There is no criteria as to how the DVD should be made (other than formatting to NTSC.

    Can we simply put the images together in a picures to exe. executable file on the DVD? will that suffice, or do we need some sort of DVD specific production program. If so, what's out there?

    Michael
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
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    If you are on a Mac use Fotomagico
    I'm sure there are programs for PC that will do the same thing.

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    A really simple way is a slideshow program.

    Another way (if you already own it) is Nero has a slideshow creator built in. Just slap the photos in, in the order you want them to appear, set the display time, etc and click burn.

    Adobe Premier is another way too. But it gets slightly more complicated then the first 2 options.

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    Hey Michael,

    Congrats to Leslie and when she passes well you guys know the ourppa.com CPP passing tradition right? lol

    Anyway's, I sent mines in as a standalone DVD player playable DVD. I used proshow producer (or gold), no music, with about 3 seconds transition. I did put blank slides set to 1 sec in between each image.

    Good luck on her review!
    -Marc Benjamin, M. Photog. Cr. F-PPC
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    Ulead DVD Burner

    Roxio Media Creator (I prefer this one of the two).

    Both of these programs also have slideshow creators. I do recall that the Roxio one has a "hi-def" option to select for DVD-video, whereas the Ulead one does not. Anyone know if that makes a difference?

    I inferred from what little directions there were that it should be readable on a standabone DVD player also. In that case, just dropping an .exe file on a DVD won't work....
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    Default I use Canopus Imaginate...

    It does a great job of compressing a large JPEG to the small TV format (720x480) with no artifacts. I also use it for photo montages. It doesn't contain any DVD authoring software, so you'll still have to use Nero or something like that.
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    I used Pro Show Gold, but first I used PhotoShop to add a number to each image in the lower righthand corner. This matched the list with the client names.

    3 second exposure with fade tranistion. Easy, fast.


    John
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    I bought ProShow Gold and used it for my second DVD -- you can defninitely tell the quality difference between it and the other programs I mentioned. If you're going to go the DVD route, ProShow Gold will be a great investment!!! (and save you some troubles too)
    Betsy Finn, Cr.Photog., CPP
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    If you like gold then producer will blow you away!
    -Marc Benjamin, M. Photog. Cr. F-PPC
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    Default Let's Record the Lessons Learned

    Okay, Marc and Betsy have both been successful with the DVDs, so we know what they did works.

    Could you guys do us a great favor and give us a detailed track of how each of you put your packages together? Then we can make sure the knowlege gets archived and remains available in the future.
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