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Jul 07, 2013 20:16 |  #1

So, I just got home from 17 days across Europe and out of 1666 pictures taken, I have several keepers. What I would like to know is what software programs you guys use to compile a digital slideshow. One that doesn’t reduce the quality of the photos. And one that can be played for an audience. Any suggestions?


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Jul 07, 2013 23:06 |  #2

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Jul 08, 2013 13:18 |  #3

I use PhotoDVD from VSO software (external link)


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Jul 08, 2013 20:17 |  #4

I use the output tools in LR, the slideshow module seem quite good, with plenty of options. PS has a similar tool, but I prefer the LR interface these days.

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Jul 10, 2013 10:21 |  #5

I use PS Elements to do a simple slide show. It's got the basics, pan, zoom, etc. and you can add music. Pretty easy to use. You can save it on a DVD or CD if need be.




  
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Jul 10, 2013 10:40 |  #6

Though it's no longer supported, my favorite when I want someones jaw to drop is 3DAlbum. I went and built a pc running windows xp just for that and one other program I use.


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Jul 11, 2013 14:51 as a reply to  @ Thorrulz's post |  #7

I know that The Picture People portrait studio uses a program called Darkroom, but I'm not sure who makes the software.




  
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Jul 12, 2013 07:29 as a reply to  @ lexplayer's post |  #8

There’s just doesn’t seem to be a clear consensus on a program that out numbers the others. Even going back to posts of 2004.


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Jul 12, 2013 09:18 |  #9

Try Proshow Gold.


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Jul 12, 2013 10:06 as a reply to  @ m.good's post |  #10

Yep. It seems to be the program of choice if there is a clear winner. Thanks.


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Jul 15, 2013 13:36 |  #11

dhornick,

Try free Perfect Photo Show - www.perfectphotoshow.c​om (external link)

Regarding paid software. Proshow Gold is a good program, also try another professional slideshow software - PicturesToExe Deluxe - www.wnsoft.com/picture​stoexe/ (external link) Most of photographers in the UK and France prefer this software for Audiovisual festivals and local competitions.




  
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Jul 17, 2013 20:59 |  #12

dhornick wrote in post #16100107 (external link)
. What I would like to know is what software programs you guys use to compile a digital slideshow. One that doesn’t reduce the quality of the photos.

What exactly do you mean by "doesn't reduce the quality"? Your digital photos are going to have to be reduced in size in order to either be displayed on your computer screen, HD TV, or a digital projector. So the "quality" of the images will have to be reduced in order to display them since there aren't 18 MP screens or digital projectors yet.

Lightroom, if you use it, has a slideshow function. THere's also the free Irfanview photo viewer than has a slideshow function.




  
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Jul 18, 2013 09:34 |  #13

HappySnapper90 wrote in post #16129935 (external link)
What exactly do you mean by "doesn't reduce the quality"? Your digital photos are going to have to be reduced in size in order to either be displayed on your computer screen, HD TV, or a digital projector. So the "quality" of the images will have to be reduced in order to display them since there aren't 18 MP screens or digital projectors yet.

Lightroom, if you use it, has a slideshow function. THere's also the free Irfanview photo viewer than has a slideshow function.

In the past I have used Irfanview for a simple slideshow and
ProShow Gold, ... it is very good if you don't mind paying for it. As I recall, it was able to adjust the slideshow to the music so that everything ends at the same time. Nice transitions too.


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Jul 19, 2013 08:44 |  #14

HappySnapper90 wrote in post #16129935 (external link)
What exactly do you mean by "doesn't reduce the quality"? Your digital photos are going to have to be reduced in size in order to either be displayed on your computer screen, HD TV, or a digital projector. So the "quality" of the images will have to be reduced in order to display them since there aren't 18 MP screens or digital projectors yet.

Lightroom, if you use it, has a slideshow function. THere's also the free Irfanview photo viewer than has a slideshow function.

Yes, I'm realizing that the quality will be reduced with pretty much any program used. I guess I was just hoping. I mean it's like when you post a razor crisp sharp picture on Facebook it then becomes just another picture almost to the point that it could have simply been taken with a phone camera. Just kinda sad that there are no means to post a picture and keep the quality of the original.

I do use PS CS6 and it also has a slide show function which is what I will end up using IMO.


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Jul 19, 2013 09:15 |  #15

The trick to posting images to many of these online hosts, such as Flickr and even FB is to make sure that the image you post will not then be resized by the host. For example I took to posting to FB at 700px wide, as this was small enough that it would not then be resized. I post all my Flickr images at 1024 px wide, and normally view them at that size. Also I can attach them to posts and maintain the full quality at least within the limits of the sRGB colour space, and 8 bit compressed JPEG. Personally from LR I save at quality setting 80, which gives a good level of file compression (40-60% smaller than Q100), but when compared by eye is indistinguishable from the maximum quality version.

If you are posting a slideshow online that usually needs you to be running it on your own server, so the image quality will solely depend on the quality of the files that you save/post. Posting full size images is also pointless as the image would otherwise need to be resized for display, so use sizes that can be displayed full size on the average monitor/display.

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