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Previewing Show And Music

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A lot of my slideshows are done in time with the music or have elements that match the lyrics of a song. This means editing the display time of a given photo/video to match the musical accompaniment. I can do that by changing the number of seconds each photo or video is displayed for. However, if I go back to preview my changes I have to watch the show from the beginning to see if it fits the music where I wanted it to. If I click watch from here, the slideshow will start from that photo/video, but my music starts from the beginning of the track instead of the chorus or lyric I want to hit with a given slide. The longer my slideshow is, the more annoying this is. Am I missing something? Is there a way around this?

 

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A lot of my slideshows are done in time with the music or have elements that match the lyrics of a song. This means editing the display time of a given photo/video to match the musical accompaniment. I can do that by changing the number of seconds each photo or video is displayed for. However, if I go back to preview my changes I have to watch the show from the beginning to see if it fits the music where I wanted it to. If I click watch from here, the slideshow will start from that photo/video, but my music starts from the beginning of the track instead of the chorus or lyric I want to hit with a given slide. The longer my slideshow is, the more annoying this is. Am I missing something? Is there a way around this?

 

Thanks

 

 

I know, this really makes the project a LONG process, what i,m going to try is to make a lot of small slideshows,save them as wmv then burn them in Nero with a menu so you can watch them as single shows or when you watch at the start all the shows should play back to back . If not paper ,pen and stopwatch argh !!!

Hope this helps Derek :unsure:

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I know, this really makes the project a LONG process, what i,m going to try is to make a lot of small slideshows,save them as wmv then burn them in Nero with a menu so you can watch them as single shows or when you watch at the start all the shows should play back to back . If not paper ,pen and stopwatch argh !!!

Hope this helps Derek :unsure:

 

Thanks. I guess that is always an option, but it may just have to be a stopwatch for me. Sure is a quick way to get to hate a song though. After 100 repeats to check where you are, even the best songs lose their appeal! :huh:

 

Its just that after using something like Photo Story 3 (a free MS download) where you can preview half way through a music track, and get an on-screen timer, that Photoshow gets a bit frustrating. Still, Photo Story 3 is not as whizzy and only does photos, not vidoes. Maybe a fix will come in a future version.

 

 

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Thanks. I guess that is always an option, but it may just have to be a stopwatch for me. Sure is a quick way to get to hate a song though. After 100 repeats to check where you are, even the best songs lose their appeal! :huh:

 

Its just that after using something like Photo Story 3 (a free MS download) where you can preview half way through a music track, and get an on-screen timer, that Photoshow gets a bit frustrating. Still, Photo Story 3 is not as whizzy and only does photos, not vidoes. Maybe a fix will come in a future version.

 

 

Jonathan

 

 

 

I think this is an important topic. There are a few things about PhotoShow that prevent detailed music editing and Show timing. This has to do with any flash based multimedia projects like PhotoShows. There is a delicate balance you need to strike between several variables. I hope this doesn't seem too technical or wordy but the cat is out of the bag.

 

Any Show made and viewed on your computer (i.e. a show that plays through the PhotoShow program) looks at your available RAM, virtual memory and processing speed and determines what it can show at the right time and what it cannot. If you have a very large show (I have heard of shows with thousands of photos!) the timing could be off.

 

Many people have computers that are fast enough for a program to work around this. For the most part, shows play well on a desktop machine However, when you upload Flash content on the web, it needs to start managing bandwidth and a host of other variables that throw shows out of sync. You can find out of sync flash video all over the web for the very same reason.

 

I really like the idea of exporting the show as a wmv. You could burn a PhotoShow DVD too. both of these take time and look at every frame of the show to make sure it plays as accurately as possible. However, you may still see some errors. PhotoShow was never designed with detailed audio editing in mind.

 

 

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I think this is an important topic. There are a few things about PhotoShow that prevent detailed music editing and Show timing. This has to do with any flash based multimedia projects like PhotoShows. There is a delicate balance you need to strike between several variables. I hope this doesn't seem too technical or wordy but the cat is out of the bag.

 

Any Show made and viewed on your computer (i.e. a show that plays through the PhotoShow program) looks at your available RAM, virtual memory and processing speed and determines what it can show at the right time and what it cannot. If you have a very large show (I have heard of shows with thousands of photos!) the timing could be off.

 

Many people have computers that are fast enough for a program to work around this. For the most part, shows play well on a desktop machine However, when you upload Flash content on the web, it needs to start managing bandwidth and a host of other variables that throw shows out of sync. You can find out of sync flash video all over the web for the very same reason.

 

I really like the idea of exporting the show as a wmv. You could burn a PhotoShow DVD too. both of these take time and look at every frame of the show to make sure it plays as accurately as possible. However, you may still see some errors. PhotoShow was never designed with detailed audio editing in mind.

 

 

Ok, thanks for the reply, but I am not doing a large show (20 photos so far and one 3 min audio track), I am not publishing it online, (just on my own PC so far, and that is where it will stay if I cannot fix this), and I have about 1.5G of RAM/2 Ghz processor which should be enough to power a little show like this. Your own spec is # 700 MHZ processor or faster # Hard drive with 1GB of free hard drive space # 512 MB RAM or more. Pity help you if you are running PhotoShow on that PC...

 

I know you say Photoshow was not designed with detailed audio editing in mind, but I wouldnt really consider this a lot to ask. If you have the ability to add music to shows, why would you not want to synchronize it? Microsoft do it with a stripped down free program like Photo Story and it works well. If that program included video, I might never have downloaded Photoshow in the first place.

 

 

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Ok, thanks for the reply, but I am not doing a large show (20 photos so far and one 3 min audio track), I am not publishing it online, (just on my own PC so far, and that is where it will stay if I cannot fix this), and I have about 1.5G of RAM/2 Ghz processor which should be enough to power a little show like this. Your own spec is # 700 MHZ processor or faster # Hard drive with 1GB of free hard drive space # 512 MB RAM or more. Pity help you if you are running PhotoShow on that PC...

 

I know you say Photoshow was not designed with detailed audio editing in mind, but I wouldnt really consider this a lot to ask. If you have the ability to add music to shows, why would you not want to synchronize it? Microsoft do it with a stripped down free program like Photo Story and it works well. If that program included video, I might never have downloaded Photoshow in the first place.

 

 

One of PhotoShow's main benefits is to share shows online, on cable TV, in DVD and even now in your itunes for podcasts. With all these different formats, there needs to be some flexibility.

 

This is not a professional program. It does not have advanced setting for precise editing. Specific timing and audio editing are not the focus of PhotoShow. Other professional programs make highly detailed multimedia applications and video for film, TV and games. PhotoShow focuses on its ability to share photos.

 

 

 

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One of PhotoShow's main benefits is to share shows online, on cable TV, in DVD and even now in your itunes for podcasts. With all these different formats, there needs to be some flexibility.

 

This is not a professional program. It does not have advanced setting for precise editing. Specific timing and audio editing are not the focus of PhotoShow. Other professional programs make highly detailed multimedia applications and video for film, TV and games. PhotoShow focuses on its ability to share photos.

 

Thanks again. I take your point about Photoshow's main objectives and focus, but disagree that the program would need to be a professional editing tool to fix this issue. As stated above, Microsoft's Photo Story 3 is able to sync the audio. It is by no means a professional program. It is a free download that offers only some very basic Ken Burns type effects (as they have come to be known). Now Photoshow 5 is far more visually appealing, and offers many more great customizable options, but audio sync can be achieved in non-professional programs and I for one would be very pleased if this is a direction that you were to follow with future versions.

 

I wont add any more comments to this thread as I feel you have given more than reasonable responses. I thank you for your time.

 

 

 

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