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How do I make photo CDs/DVDs with music?

by AKan / October 24, 2005 12:11 PM PDT


I'd like to create photo CD's or DVDs whick play a slideshow along with
music in the background. I tried dragging & dropping the .jpeg files &
.mp3 audio to a CD & burning it but that didn't work in my DVD player.
It dispayed the pix OR played the audio but not both simultaneously.
What's the best way to achieve this?

I have lots of software but it's dizzying to figure them out. I have the following: Pinnacle Studio ver. 8, OfotoNow, Roxio Videowave Movie Creator, Virtual CD ver. 7, Apollo DVD Copy, DVD Shrink 3.1 & Nero StartSmart.


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First what formats will play on your dvd player ?
by grimgraphix / October 25, 2005 2:20 AM PDT

Most dvd players say they will play windows media files and mpeg files but check to make sure by looking at the instructional booklet that came with your dvd player. If you intend on sending these out to family members then you might check with them as to what their dvd players can play as well.

I use a mac so the native iMovie and iDVD that came with it does an excellent job for me... if I'm not mistaken there is a program that comes with XP home that allows you to do much the same as well. BTW, I still have to decide the format I output to with iMovie so it goes back to the original issue of what your dvd players' capabilities are.


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Change your methods
by Dan Filice / October 25, 2005 2:35 AM PDT

By dragging and dropping your jpeg images to a CD, you are basically making a "Data" CD, which won't work on most tabletop DVD players. You need to use some of your software the way it was meant to be used...for movie editing. Basically you need to use a movie editing program to import your images, adjust the timing and add music. At least this is the way to do it if you want to make a DVD slideshow with music. Essentially you are turning your still images into a movie. If you had a Mac, I could guide you, but I am not a user of the many PC programs. Take a peek at the Camcorder Forum here and you can see many people discussing movie editing.

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