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Slideshow Playback problem


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Being new to this I'm sure my problem is more a lack of knowledge than anything else. I created and previewed a slideshow complete with music. I burned this show to a CD-R disc using VCD format. During the burn the pictures appeared as they were encoded, so everything looked good to me. The disc ejected automatically when it was finished. When I put the disc back in to run the show there was nothing executable on it. There were five folders, CDI, EXT, MPEGAV, SEGMENT, and VCD. The CDI folder was empty. The rest contained .DAT and .VCD files. The main data file appeared to be AVSEQ01.DAT.

 

The project file that I used had a file extension of .DMSS

 

Anyone have any idea what I did wrong or failed to do at all?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

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You did not answer my questions!

 

Also, to create a slideshow it is much better to use Videowave and myDVD then the wizards you are using.

 

Sorry I wasn't clear. Let me try this again. In older versions of Roxio I used to create slideshows all the time. I'd write those shows to disk and then ship them to relitives and friends. Whatever program required to view the show was automatically written to the disk. All my friends had to do was slip the disk into their computer and autorun would execute program that played the show.

 

Putting all this another way. Is it possible to build a slideshow with EMC9 on a CD-R that will contain the player as well as the show so that all you have to do is insert the CD into a PC and the slideshow will automatically start?

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Define "standalone". The disc by itself can't be viewed without hardware, so what do you want it to play on? If you're aiming for it to play on a DVD player, then you should be aware that most new DVD players do NOT support VCD discs anymore. If you want to play it on a PC, then that PC needs to have some sort of software to play the disc, like Cineplayer, or some such application.

 

 

Dave, by "standalone" I was referring to the software, not the hardware. I'm trying to create a slideshow where everything required to view it on a PC is included on the disk. I used to do this all the time but don't know how or what program to add to the disk so that others, without Roxio, can view it. The only thing I can do to even see the shows I've created is to "preview" them. I don't know how to view them any other way. What program is "Preview" using to play my show?

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Dave, by "standalone" I was referring to the software, not the hardware. I'm trying to create a slideshow where everything required to view it on a PC is included on the disk. I used to do this all the time but don't know how or what program to add to the disk so that others, without Roxio, can view it. The only thing I can do to even see the shows I've created is to "preview" them. I don't know how to view them any other way. What program is "Preview" using to play my show?

It's playing it using whatever Preview application is part of EMC 9.

 

I suspect maybe you're thinking of the old slideshows that were part of ECDC 5, which did include an executable program on the CD. EMC 9 doesn't do that, what you're creating now is really a Video DVD of your slides that are converted into a movie, it's not a real "slideshow" where the separate image files are displayed one after the other. Unfortunately, the application you're looking for is no longer part of the suite. The concept now is to create a disc that can be played on a DVD player and shown on your TV.

 

You'll find that a VCD won't give you a very good quality image since the resolution is only 352x240, or something in that neighborhood.

 

If you still have your ECDC 5 discs (again, an assumption on my part) you may want to reinstall that application and do a slideshow that way, but as you're probably aware, those slideshows can't be played on a DVD player, only on a PC.

 

Hope that helps!

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If is to be played automatically on Windows PC, maybe output it as a WMV file?

That's a possibility, but I know the application he's referring to, and it included an Autorun.INF on the disc, and you could put a sizeable slideshow, with music, onto a CD (not DVD) and it would display at the full resolution of the images, or the display, whichever was lower. So, you'd have good output, and a much more compact set of files then a movie of DVD quality. I think a custom installation from his ECDC 5 disc is probably what will really do what he wants, if that's his preference.

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Being new to this I'm sure my problem is more a lack of knowledge than anything else. I created and previewed a slideshow complete with music. I burned this show to a CD-R disc using VCD format. During the burn the pictures appeared as they were encoded, so everything looked good to me. The disc ejected automatically when it was finished. When I put the disc back in to run the show there was nothing executable on it. There were five folders, CDI, EXT, MPEGAV, SEGMENT, and VCD. The CDI folder was empty. The rest contained .DAT and .VCD files. The main data file appeared to be AVSEQ01.DAT.

 

The project file that I used had a file extension of .DMSS

 

Anyone have any idea what I did wrong or failed to do at all?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

 

What program did you use to burn the disk? It appears that you burned it as a data file, but I don't know for sure. I burn DVD's.

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That's a possibility, but I know the application he's referring to, and it included an Autorun.INF on the disc, and you could put a sizeable slideshow, with music, onto a CD (not DVD) and it would display at the full resolution of the images, or the display, whichever was lower. So, you'd have good output, and a much more compact set of files then a movie of DVD quality. I think a custom installation from his ECDC 5 disc is probably what will really do what he wants, if that's his preference.

 

Thank you, Dave, and the rest of you who tried to help me. Your answer is exactly what I was looking for. I was using Roxio 6 to create those old slideshows. Sorry I wasn't clear in my original request.

 

I went out and bought some DVD discs and managed to create the movie. I'm still new to this. The only way I could get the movie to play was to create it without a menu. If it had a menu it would just sit there under Window's Media Player or a couple of other programs I tried and there was no way I could start the show. Without the menu the show runs just fine. Now that I've managed to complete my project I'll do some more research.

 

Thank you all again.

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Being new to this I'm sure my problem is more a lack of knowledge than anything else. I created and previewed a slideshow complete with music. I burned this show to a CD-R disc using VCD format. During the burn the pictures appeared as they were encoded, so everything looked good to me. The disc ejected automatically when it was finished. When I put the disc back in to run the show there was nothing executable on it. There were five folders, CDI, EXT, MPEGAV, SEGMENT, and VCD. The CDI folder was empty. The rest contained .DAT and .VCD files. The main data file appeared to be AVSEQ01.DAT.

 

The project file that I used had a file extension of .DMSS

 

Anyone have any idea what I did wrong or failed to do at all?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

 

You appear to have the correct files for a VCD disc. What do you mean there is nothing excetuable on the CD? To play a VCD on your computer you need to use a software player like Roxio Player or Cineplayer. Exactly how are you trying to play the VCD?

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You appear to have the correct files for a VCD disc. What do you mean there is nothing excetuable on the CD? To play a VCD you need to use a software player like Roxio Player or Cineplayer. Exactly how are you trying to play the VCD?

 

 

What I'm trying to do is create a standalone slide show on disk to give to each of my daughter's 1st grade students. I use Roxio's Slideshow Assistant which uses MyDVD Express to write to disk.

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What I'm trying to do is create a standalone slide show on disk to give to each of my daughter's 1st grade students. I use Roxio's Slideshow Assistant which uses MyDVD Express to write to disk.

 

You did not answer my questions!

 

Also, to create a slideshow it is much better to use Videowave and myDVD then the wizards you are using.

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What I'm trying to do is create a standalone slide show on disk to give to each of my daughter's 1st grade students. I use Roxio's Slideshow Assistant which uses MyDVD Express to write to disk.

Define "standalone". The disc by itself can't be viewed without hardware, so what do you want it to play on? If you're aiming for it to play on a DVD player, then you should be aware that most new DVD players do NOT support VCD discs anymore. If you want to play it on a PC, then that PC needs to have some sort of software to play the disc, like Cineplayer, or some such application.

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