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Mini dv and ppt slide show to dvd, what are my options?

by smedby / September 9, 2007 12:18 PM PDT

My sister and niece from Sweden just visited and I have about 40 minutes on a Mini dv from my Canon ZR40 camcorder. I always like to put it on a dvd so my daughter can watch it later and also have one made for the european system for them to watch. The company I have used, have raised their prices. $20 for US, $35 for european. I also have a ton of still pictures from my Canon digital camera. I want to make a slide show and have it put on the dvd after the film. The price for that was a minimum of $75 ea. Too much for me!

I have a Dell laptop with XP Media version on it. What are my options, can I do it myself or any suggestions of a better company. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks.

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I doubt it
by tubaloth / September 11, 2007 7:23 AM PDT

Doing it isn't that hard if you are just trying to copy it straight over. But I don't know if your laptop is powerful enough to do that. What kind of processor do you have? Either way you would have to buy a program to do it which would cost anywhere from $50-100 anyways, but then you could always use it. Some programs let you pick which format you are going to burn the DVD for.
If you do this often enough then buying the program should be worth it. I would run it on a Desktop PC, but maybe your laptop can handle it.
Thinking about it, Vista lets you copy movies onto your computer and edit it, but I don't know if you can burn them but you should be able to find a program that can burn wmv files for free.

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by JK-8 / October 9, 2007 9:08 PM PDT
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Photo Story 3
by VideoProf / October 10, 2007 2:21 PM PDT

You can do it yourself. Microsoft offers a free photo slideshow software program. Search for "Photo story 3". The software is very easy to use and you could create a video within one night from your still photos. You can also add voice comments and music.

You can also download Windows Media player if you don't already have it to edit your video (and even add your slide show). You will need to buy a DVD burning software. Easy Creator 9 also lets you compress your videos for iPods or streaming. It runs about $80 US$ but you could get a cheaper software program.

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