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Burning VCDs

Hi Guys,
Sorry if this may seem to be an elementary question, but I am new to this stuff. I am using Photoshop Elements. I transferred my digital photos from CD (drugstore) to my computer. Edited them on 'Elements' and then burned a CD. Played it on my new plasma TV and I am not happy with the quality of the photos. Any suggestions? Type of CD? Burn speed? Anything else?

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Burning VCD

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I assume you made a slideshow and turned it into a VCD.

Most slideshow software will produce a VCD image size of 352 x 240, which will not look good on a TV.

Some slideshow software will also produce a VCD image size of 704 x 480 if you do not use transitions. It will limit you to 99 photos per show. But it will look good on a TV.

Some slideshow software will produce SVCD CDs with an image size of 480 x 480 which look OK on a TV screen.
But, most set-top DVD players can not read SVCDs.


Replace you CD burner with a DVD burner (about $50-$100).

Then use slideshow software that will burn DVDs ($70).

DVD slideshow software will produce 720 x 480 images which look good on TV. And they will play on all set-top DVD players.


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Re: DVDs

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Thanks, that was helpful. My computer has a DVD burner, but I couldn't figure out how to burn the slide show to a DVD. Should I assume that DVDs will give me more resolution than a CD?

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Yes...DVD is the way to go.

Not all slideshow programs can write DVDs.

The very popular "ProShow Gold" slide show software can produce DVD, VCD, SVCD, CD for PC, eMail and more.

You can download a trial copy for evaluation.

I have made over 25 DVD slide shows with ProShow Gold, including two wedding DVDs.


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