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patkerrigan

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What size (pix) , resolution, and format should I use for making a slideshow dvd for use on television set players? I'm not getting very good results!

I'm presuming you're using the DVD slideshow feature where you drag groups of pictures to the Toast Video window. The final resolution of the photos is 640 x 480 in this case. The pictures are MPEG encoded.

 

There are a couple things I've noticed affecting the DVD slide show picture quality. One is that they don't look as good played on a computer as they do on a TV. This is because the resolution of the computer screen is much greater than 640x480 so there are a lot of interpolated pixels when it is blown up to full screen. They do look fine if you play at actual size rather than full screen.

 

The other problem I've seen is when Toast has to resample to 640x480 from high resolution images. It seems to work much better to use a photo editing application to downsample to 640x480 (or 1280x960) and then drag those to Toast. I've always used JPEGs.

 

One more thing: sharpening can make them look worse on a TV, in my opinion.

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I'm presuming you're using the DVD slideshow feature where you drag groups of pictures to the Toast Video window. The final resolution of the photos is 640 x 480 in this case. The pictures are MPEG encoded.

 

There are a couple things I've noticed affecting the DVD slide show picture quality. One is that they don't look as good played on a computer as they do on a TV. This is because the resolution of the computer screen is much greater than 640x480 so there are a lot of interpolated pixels when it is blown up to full screen. They do look fine if you play at actual size rather than full screen.

 

The other problem I've seen is when Toast has to resample to 640x480 from high resolution images. It seems to work much better to use a photo editing application to downsample to 640x480 (or 1280x960) and then drag those to Toast. I've always used JPEGs.

 

One more thing: sharpening can make them look worse on a TV, in my opinion.

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