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May 08, 2007 02:46 |  #1

I searched the forums but many people suggest proshow which I know doesn't work on the mac. I love showit but I want to be able to make DVDs for my clients. I have also tried iphoto/idvd and i"m not too impressed with their image quality after the export. Am I being too picky? Any other suggestions for some great slideshow software for the macs? How is fotomajico?

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May 08, 2007 05:46 |  #2

Try Simpleviewer by Felix at Airtight Interactive: http://www.airtightint​eractive.com/simplevie​wer/ (external link)

Otherwise, Adobe Lightroom is excellent for quick and customisable slideshows.

Sorry, just re-read you wanted DVD's! I use iDVD but admit it needs more options...and yes, image quality does seem to suffer a little


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May 08, 2007 07:34 as a reply to  @ mckay photography's post |  #3

Not sure this is correct, we just looked at a Mac and the guy said a program comes with it, called Imovie or Ishow ???? He produced a very nice show for us in under 1 minute with music and transisitons...

It came with the Mac's.


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May 08, 2007 07:35 as a reply to  @ LeesaB's post |  #4

Ok...and it does make DVD's also...maybe it is a newer version?


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May 08, 2007 09:56 as a reply to  @ LeesaB's post |  #5

Island Photo is referring to the same software you are Rakefet.

When you output a slideshow from iPhoto to iDVD it looks ok on a TV - but not so great on a computer due to the higher resolution of the monitor.

iDVD is the culprit - it resizes the photos in a fairly ordinary way.

I use it and it is fine - but I would love a better option as well.

I think Showit's one major flaw is that you have to send off money and wait for a DVD to come back.

Much better to be able to sort it out straight away and burn it yourself.

Please - are you listening David - I would pay extra for the software if you would include this feature - buy it in a heartbeat.

Cheers,

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May 08, 2007 13:08 as a reply to  @ Wedding Shooter's post |  #6

oo OK...like I said, I am very very new to Mac...actually have not comitted to buying one yet...but most likely will...and I have never made a DVD from one yet, and it is good to know this, because I was SO SOLD on what they showed me and when asked, could I make a DVD, of course I was told YES...what I should have asked is..How good of a DVD does it make?

hmm...so, we need software for making and buring a DVD..ok..like Islandphoto said..back to square one. I was not help UGH..sorry...


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May 08, 2007 13:11 as a reply to  @ LeesaB's post |  #7

ok and...I LOVE proshow gold...One reason I wil probably keep my PC up and running...great Slideshow maker, DVD producer etc. I planned on keeping my PC up, just not internet ready and removing most software besides a few that I still really really like to use.


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May 08, 2007 13:52 |  #8

Wedding Shooter wrote in post #3171393 (external link)
Island Photo is referring to the same software you are Rakefet.

When you output a slideshow from iPhoto to iDVD it looks ok on a TV - but not so great on a computer due to the higher resolution of the monitor.

iDVD is the culprit - it resizes the photos in a fairly ordinary way.

I use it and it is fine - but I would love a better option as well.

I think Showit's one major flaw is that you have to send off money and wait for a DVD to come back.

Much better to be able to sort it out straight away and burn it yourself.

Please - are you listening David - I would pay extra for the software if you would include this feature - buy it in a heartbeat.

Cheers,

Chris

I use MAC and you can make slideshows with iphoto, then import to idvd, you have a choice when setting up to burn for tv or computer view.


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May 08, 2007 14:05 |  #9

Thanks Pamela - I'll give that a try. I have made DVDs for clients and they have been very happy with them - I just see a huge decline in the image quality on the TV screen - also the black lines of the frame sort of move on the TV. On the computer - it looks great. Also - I'm having trouble with not chopping people's heads off because of the kensburn effect (which I love) I just don't like it when it doesn't show the whole frame on certain images.


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May 08, 2007 14:11 as a reply to  @ islandphoto's post |  #10

Have you taken a look at Apple's DVD Studio Pro? It's more expensive, and overkill to be sure, but it has great results and is completely customizable. I use it all the time to give clients slideshows quicklyl. Of course I'm normally a video guy, so I have all the software.


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May 08, 2007 14:27 |  #11

On my mac I use this one:

http://www.lqgraphics.​com/phototomovie.php (external link)

There's also a Win version. It's about $50. Then I burn the resulting movie with iDvd, looks great on TV. I use DVD Studio Pro too (we also make videos) it's great and all, but for what you guys want, it is overkill. iDvd is just fine, and Lisa, iDvd does make GOOD dvds, try it. Don't judge the DVD on your computer monitor, watch it on a regular TV.

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May 08, 2007 15:20 |  #12

I use iMovie then import to iDVD. What I do is resize my images to 1440px on the longest dimension, then add and regular sharpen filter twice in Photoshop. I have had great results doing it this way. The images will look overhsharpened on your monitor, but on a TV they will look great.


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May 08, 2007 18:38 |  #13

thanks guys for all the feedback :) I agree that it does look better on the TV than on your computer screen. That's a good idea to sharpen it.


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May 08, 2007 20:06 |  #14

islandphoto wrote in post #3172692 (external link)
Thanks Pamela - I'll give that a try. I have made DVDs for clients and they have been very happy with them - I just see a huge decline in the image quality on the TV screen - also the black lines of the frame sort of move on the TV. On the computer - it looks great. Also - I'm having trouble with not chopping people's heads off because of the kensburn effect (which I love) I just don't like it when it doesn't show the whole frame on certain images.

With the Ken Burns effect you can turn it off on individual images and also adjust it for individual images. There is a check box on the main screen of the slide show that allows you to do this.


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May 08, 2007 20:52 |  #15

Not sure if you own lightroom but its slideshow program is nice, i actually just used it for the first time over the weekend to show a client their eng session, worked really well actually, and what really sold me on it was the fact that it mixed the photos up so you didnt get the same setting one after another,




  
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