What do you get when you
combine your digital photos with your cd burner?
Photo slideshow movies!
Since many households have DVD
players, why not use them to share your photos?
Imagine creating a digital photo album of your
newborn or your vacation for all your friends of
family. Ordering prints at the photo shop will
cost you at least $0.25 per photo - the cost for
sharing your photos the old fashioned way
quickly adds up! In contrast, giving your
friends a CDR with a couple hundred photo's will
cost less than $1 a disc! Well, you need to have
a PC with a CD or DVD burner, some software, and
some time - but the end product is unique and
IntroductionDVD player sales have taken
off. The penetration of DVD players into the
average household has occurred even faster than
even it's promoters had expected. This article
certainly isn't going to propose theories as to
why this has occurred. Rather, it will point out
a nice side effect of this development. That is,
that DVD players provide an easy and cheap way
to distribute your digital photos to your
friends, family, or anyone you want. This is
possible because virtually all DVD players can
read and play VCDs and SVCDs, further, almost
all players will will have no difficulties with
a regular CDR produced from your home computer.
Some smart software companies have put these two
facts together, and created software that let's
the end user (that's you!) create "movies" to
share photos with your friends and family. Best
of all, it's easy and cheap!
- There are at least a programs that
will create "movies" from your photos.
- The offer a demo for download, both
is also available for purchase by download.
An overview of IphotoDVD by
KerensoftWe'll have a look at Keronsoft's
product. It's Canadian (not that I'm biased...),
cheap, and simple. It's hard to summarize the
product better than their own words, so here is
IphotoDVD is a
powerful but easy to use utility that allows you
to archive your favorite digital photos into
DVD/VCD compatible MPEG files with background
music and up to 127 transition effects. These
files can be viewed on your computer or burned
to a CD-R or DVD-R for viewing on your DVD/VCD
player. IphotoDVD is a must have tool for you to
share your favorite digital photos with your
friends and family especially when they have no
computer. Installation of
IphotoDVD is simple and straightforward. The
program is quite easy to use - there really
isn't a whole lot to say. It does what it's
supposed to do, in a nice easy way. A single
screen shot will do most of the
General Creation Process
- It's really simple. You browse and add
images to your slide show.
- You arrange the order of the photos by
double clicking them and dragging them into the
desired order (centre panel).
- You choose the transition effect for the
photo (left panel) - things like sliding in,
zooming in, etc.
- You can set the length of time of the
transition (how long or slow the transition
takes place) and how long the image is displayed
(bottom of rightmost panel).
- Add a soundtrack if you wish (it takes
- Preview your masterpiece.
- Then convert to save your movie in a file
(.mpeg) for your CD burning software to create
an SVCD or VCD or DVD.
- Switch to your CD burning program. Burn, and
you are done.
Conclusion and RecommendationThat's it,
I hope you've enjoyed this article. Overall,
this is a neat product which is pretty idiot
proof for the recipient of your CD or DVD. All
your friends need to do is pop the CD into their
DVD player to start the show. Give IphotoDVD
a shot - photo CDs make a great gift for your
friends and family.
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forums and post your experiences with photo to
CD/DVD programs or anything else!
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