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Slideshow Issues


Richard S

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I have been trying to put together a slideshow, which should be a simple task, and have run into no end of issues:

 

First, the irritants that can easily be worked around:

 

When retieving a saved slideshow project, EMC9 incredibly does not recognise the *.dmss file extension. I have never before encountered any program that does not look for its own files. I have to manually insert *.dmss every time for the files to appear.

 

When Slideshow Assistant loads, the window cannot be maximised (or minimised). Why?

 

Now the real problems I have not been able to solve:

 

I tried to insert blank slides with text to intersperse the show with titles. Seemed to work OK until I retrieved the saved project. This project contained 5 title slides, the thumbnails displayed #5 in positions 3 thru 5. When I clicked on one of the errant slides to enlarge it, the correct one came up but with no text (each one was a different colour). When I tried to add the text again, the original text miraculously appeared and the thumbnail finally showed the correct slide. Note also that slides 1 and 2 also did not contain the text and I had to repeat the above process.

 

I added the Menu page and burned the DVD, creating the slideshow in DVD Projector format (I liked the idea of moving forward and back to look at the pictures and I do not need the fancy borders). On playback I noted the following:

 

I first tried viewing the slideshow on my computer using Windows Media Player and the Roxio player. Neither worked. The menu I used was animated and it appeared monochrome, pixellated, flickering and I could not advance to the slideshow itself using any keys. I does show on a DVD player through a TV, but with problems.

 

The forward and back do not work at all. The only way to move forward is using the Enter key on the DVD remote (I tried three different DVD players with the same effect). I cannot move backward.

 

The images were cropped all around, losing about 5-10% all around the (carefully cropped) images.

 

The Titles referred to above were blank - no text anywhere.

 

Only about half of the slides appear in the slideshow, the rest have simply vanished. (I sat dutifully through the burning process and observed all slides being added, so the problem does not appear to be there). The missing slides were in the middle of the set. I tried jiggling the order a bit, but the same group were missing each time.

 

I scanned quickly through some earlier posts to see if this had been discussed before and learned that Slideshow Assistant had issues and I should try Videowave. So I tried the Title slides again. The ones I had already inserted, predictably I suppose, came through blank again. I added the text yet again and found that the text had also been applied to the following slide as well. I could not confine the text to the single (desired) slide. I then moved the title slide to the end, just to see what would happen. The slide moved, but the text remained in place, and then extended to three slides.

 

I gave up in frustration.

 

For reference: the images were all scanned in very high resolution (2400 dpi and higher), cleaned up in Photoshop and saved in TIFF format. Each file is many megabytes. Does this make a difference?

 

Has anyone else encountered these problems?

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I have been trying to put together a slideshow, which should be a simple task, and have run into no end of issues:

 

First, the irritants that can easily be worked around:

 

When retieving a saved slideshow project, EMC9 incredibly does not recognise the *.dmss file extension. I have never before encountered any program that does not look for its own files. I have to manually insert *.dmss every time for the files to appear.

 

When Slideshow Assistant loads, the window cannot be maximised (or minimised). Why?

 

Now the real problems I have not been able to solve:

 

I tried to insert blank slides with text to intersperse the show with titles. Seemed to work OK until I retrieved the saved project. This project contained 5 title slides, the thumbnails displayed #5 in positions 3 thru 5. When I clicked on one of the errant slides to enlarge it, the correct one came up but with no text (each one was a different colour). When I tried to add the text again, the original text miraculously appeared and the thumbnail finally showed the correct slide. Note also that slides 1 and 2 also did not contain the text and I had to repeat the above process.

 

I added the Menu page and burned the DVD, creating the slideshow in DVD Projector format (I liked the idea of moving forward and back to look at the pictures and I do not need the fancy borders). On playback I noted the following:

 

I first tried viewing the slideshow on my computer using Windows Media Player and the Roxio player. Neither worked. The menu I used was animated and it appeared monochrome, pixellated, flickering and I could not advance to the slideshow itself using any keys. I does show on a DVD player through a TV, but with problems.

 

The forward and back do not work at all. The only way to move forward is using the Enter key on the DVD remote (I tried three different DVD players with the same effect). I cannot move backward.

 

The images were cropped all around, losing about 5-10% all around the (carefully cropped) images.

 

The Titles referred to above were blank - no text anywhere.

 

Only about half of the slides appear in the slideshow, the rest have simply vanished. (I sat dutifully through the burning process and observed all slides being added, so the problem does not appear to be there). The missing slides were in the middle of the set. I tried jiggling the order a bit, but the same group were missing each time.

 

I scanned quickly through some earlier posts to see if this had been discussed before and learned that Slideshow Assistant had issues and I should try Videowave. So I tried the Title slides again. The ones I had already inserted, predictably I suppose, came through blank again. I added the text yet again and found that the text had also been applied to the following slide as well. I could not confine the text to the single (desired) slide. I then moved the title slide to the end, just to see what would happen. The slide moved, but the text remained in place, and then extended to three slides.

 

I gave up in frustration.

 

For reference: the images were all scanned in very high resolution (2400 dpi and higher), cleaned up in Photoshop and saved in TIFF format. Each file is many megabytes. Does this make a difference?

 

Has anyone else encountered these problems?

 

The program to use to create a slideshow is Videowave. The assistant is a very basic wizard that lacks many features of Videowave and is only meant for the simplest of slideshows.

 

To add text to single slide, you add the text to the internal track for that slide. There is not much point in scanning at such a high resolution since the slides are converted to DVD video format which is 720x480.

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