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Photos on DVD for big screen TV

by stevoreno / February 14, 2008 4:55 AM PST

I am now burning my photos to DVD to view on my TV,,,my Canon camera has 3.1 megapixels. Most of the 4x6 and up to 8x10 prints are acceptable. However, when viewed on the TV they are not very sharp, in fact most are fuzzy. Do I need to get a new camera with more megapixels?

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Photos on TV
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 6:21 AM PST

Most 3 megapixel cameras produce photos that are 2048 x 1536.
That is more than enough pixels to produce a good image on your television.

First check and make sure that your files are approximately 2048 x 1536.
If they are, I would suspect the software you are using to produce the DVD.
Or the method the DVD info gets to the Television.

How are you producing the DVD?
What are you using to send the DVD info to the television?

For this purpose, I use a DVD slide show program to produce the DVD.
And use a standard set-top DVD player to play the DVD and show it on television.
I get good results with photo files as small as 1 megapixel.


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Photos on TV
by stevoreno / February 15, 2008 5:29 AM PST
In reply to: Photos on TV

Thanks snapshot for your in-put,,,I check my camera and I do have it set to the largest resolution (2048x1536). I did notice that the jpegs that I cropped had a smaller file size, some 2 megs,,is that normal? I am using a software program called DVD Photo Slideshow Pro to burn my DVDs. and a Sony stand alone DVD player. Could it be that I may be working with the layers on my images too much prior to burning?

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DVD Slideshow
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 15, 2008 7:27 AM PST
In reply to: Photos on TV

Sounds like you have the right type of software and hardware.

Cropping is similar to clipping an article or photo out of a newspaper.
You end up with a lesser amount of pixels, based on how large the crop area. But 2 megapixels is still enough.

I will download a trial copy of the software program you are using, and give it a try.
I will let you know what I find.

I am using ProShow Gold by Photodex.
You can download a trial copy at

I am still using an old version.
It has worked so well, that I have not needed to update it.


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Slideshow Follow-up
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 15, 2008 9:59 AM PST
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I downloaded the DVD Photo Slideshow Pro program.

And produced a short (8 slides) slide show, using some high quality photos from the Internet.

While reviewing the slideshow on the computer the images looked soft.
That is camera-speak for "not sharp".
I went ahead and made a DVD to see the final result.

I was using a Philip set-top DVD player connected to a 42" LG plasma TV, through three component cables and two audio cables.

The pictures were OK but soft (not sharp).

I then created a DVD of the same photos using ProShow Gold by Photodex.
It produced sharp images, compared to the DVD Photo Slideshow Pro images.


I suggest you download the trial copy of ProShow Gold and see the results yourself.
The program interface is much like the software you are using.
You will be able to get the hang of it quickly.


Let me know what you see.


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How to make photos play on DVD for big screen TV
by wonlance / February 18, 2008 11:01 AM PST
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