BOOT CAMP 508 (15/01/08)
Digicam to PC to TV part 5
typical DVD slideshow of 20 or 30 photographs, say, only amounts to 100
megabytes or so, which is a bit of a waste when you consider that a blank DVD
can store up to 4.7Gb of data, so this week, in the final instalment of this
short series I’ll show you how to put several slideshows on one disc.
procedures are basically the same as those used to compile a single slideshow
disc but there are a few differences in the way the files are managed, and some
extra options for you to play around with, though as before it is a good idea
to master the basic techniques first, before getting too carried away.
first thing to do is get organised and create a New folder on your hard drive
where the individual slideshows you want to appear on the disc will be stored;
it’s not compulsory but it will make your life a lot easier when we get to the
authoring stage. Inside the new folder create sub-folders for each slideshow.
can now begin compiling your slideshows using the DVD Slideshow GUI program we
looked at in part 3 (Boot Camp 506) and if you’ve already managed to create a
couple of discs and know your way around try adding some background music or a
commentary. It’s worth inserting a few subtitles as well, especially if you are
making the disc for a friend or relative who may not know everyone involved;
it’s a really useful way of letting your audience know where a photo was taken,
or who’s in it.
you finish each slideshow go to Export on the File menu and save the files in
one of your newly created sub-folders, and don’t forget on the Save As Type
drop-down menu use the ‘gui for dvdauthor’ option.
open GUI for DVD Author (see part 4, Boot Camp 507) and if you have changed any
settings (PAL/NTSC colour system, for example), make sure they are correct for
the new DVD by going to Permanent on the Settings menu.
would start off by choosing a background image for your main menu. I would go
for something fairly light to ensure that the buttons we’ll be making in a
moment are clearly visible. Right click into the image editing screen and
select Menu Properties. Locate the photo you want to use by clicking the
Explorer icon to the right of the Image file path box. This dialogue box also
lets you chose an audio file that will play whilst the menu is on screen,
however, you can only use .ac3 tracks that have been created by DVD Slideshow
to the directory tree on the left and in the upper section locate the subfolder
where the first of your slideshows is stored. Double click and inside there
will be a file with the extension * .m2v. Drag the file icon onto the screen
display window and a dialogue box opens. The Audiofiles box should show the track
created by DVD Slideshow GUI and this should have an .ac3 extension.
have added any subtitles to the pictures check that they are listed in the
Subtitles box below. I found that on one or two occasions this box was empty
and there may be a bug in the program, however, it is easily remedied. Simply
click the folder icon, which should open your slideshow project then select the
file with the extension *.ssa.
OK and the title of your slideshow appears as a button. Right click on it to
change its properties (size, text etc.), and to make it look a bit more
interesting I suggest overlaying the button on a thumbnail image. Go to Insert
> Image and click on the display window. Use the dialogue box that opens to
select an image and if necessary change the size. Drag the image and button to
the desired positions and repeat the procedure for each of your
this is the opening screen I recommend adding a title of some sort. Click Text
on the Insert menu and the now familiar Edit Text dialogue box opens. You can
also add a Play All button, which you will find on the Insert menu.
this point you have all of the ingredients for a fully functional multi
slideshow DVD and you can go ahead and burn the disc, but if you are not in a
hurry there are a few more embellishments you could add – see this week’s Top
more or less all there is to it and all that remains is to load a blank DVD and
click the Burn DVD button (or Create DVD if you want to preview before
burning). Nero or ImgBurn (see part 4, Boot Camp 507) start the recording
process and in a few minutes your disc will be ready to use.
Next Week – Poor Man’s Vista
Audio Codec 3, developed
by Dolby Laboratories and probably better known as Dolby Digital, the
multi-channel audio compression system used on DVDs
Three or four character
code at the end of a file name, indicating the type or format of file or the
program used to create it
To create new folders and
sub folders open Windows Explorer (XP) My Computer or Computer (Vista),
highlight your main drive icon (usually C:/) right click in the right hand pane
right-click and select New > Folder.
a lot you can do to give your multi-slideshow disc a really polished and
professional appearance but at the very least you should insert titles and
alter the background images for each slideshow intro page because as it stands
the default background image chosen for the Main Menu will appear. It’s very
easy to change; on the lower section of the directory tree double click the
‘TitleSet’x’Menu icon for each slideshow to open the Start page. Right click on
it and select Menu Properties. You will see that there is already a Back
button, to take the viewer back to the DVD’s main menu and you can change this
and add a thumbnail image to make it stand out.
Don't forget, there's a
full archive of previous Boot Camp Top Tips at www.pctoptips.co.uk
© R. Maybury 2007, 0512
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