Software to create a Slideshow in a DVD format

OS: WinXp
Cpu: 1.6GHz
RAM: 3Gb
DVD drive: Lightscribe enabled Optiarc DVD RW

I want to create a slide show on a DVD to give to friends and family. The Optiarc DVD drive I have installed came with Nero but I have found that incredibly hard to use. I have only ever managed to create a DVD slide show once with it and have never managed to do it again.

So my question: Is there some easy-to-use free software available to create a DVD slide show?

If as a potential answerer you think this question should be posted in another zone, do please let me know.

Patrick
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patrickabAsked:
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ctpmn1Commented:
If you have Windows 7, or possibly Vista you can use Windows DVD Maker.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/features/dvd-maker.aspx

You can also try Microsoft Photo Story 3, which will make a video of your photos.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

Then you can burn them to DVD with DVD Flick
http://www.dvdflick.net/
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
ctpmn1,

Thank you for those links. I have downloaded the last two and will now experiment with them. I'll be back once I've had some time with them.

Patrick
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
ctpmn1,

I have completely failed in getting both PhotoStory and CDBurnerXP to produce anything playable on an ordinary DVD player linked to a TV.

Patrick
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
ctpmn1,

I have now tried 4 times to produce something that can be watched on the DVDplayer/TV but without success. All very frustrating. Have you any fursth thoughts or recommendations on the subject - including software that I would have to buy.

I have tried ProShow Gold and have managed to produce a watchable DVD - in fact it's really quite good quality. It's a bit pricey at $69.95. I'm not ruling it out but if you have views on other software that I should consider I'd be interested.

There's a summary of some of them at:

http://photo-slideshow-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Patrick
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
ctpmn1,

I have also just tried 'Wondershare DVD slideshow maker' - $69.95. It's faster than ProShow Gold, seems to produce much the same quality of result and has the benefit of having a menu system so allowing one to break up the show into manageable chunks. That may not sound much of a deal but as I've got about 1200 photos from one holiday it does make it easier for the viewers.

Patrick

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patrickabAuthor Commented:
ctpmn1,

Thanks for your contribution on free software. You pointed me in the right direction at least to get me started. In the event I believe I am going to have to spend something to get it all in one package.

Patrick
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
ctpmn1,

Just for the record...

I asked for assistance from Photodex about the menu system for ProShow Gold and was given some excellent help. ProShow Gold in fact has a better menu system than 'Wondershare DVD slideshow maker'. It allows the selection of a specific photo for a 'chapter' and it also allows better captions for each 'chapter'.

I also downloaded (300Mb+) of Xtreme Photo Story Deluxe and found it to be OK for assembling 'chapters' of a slide show, but it had a very poor menu system that I found a nightmare to make use of. Apart from that for some arcane commercial reason the downloaded trial did not allow the production of a test DVDisk. Not even with a banner across the pictures - like everyone else. Thus making the whole trial a total waste of time - and I was certainly not going to buy it without properly trying it.

The outcome is that I have bought ProShow Gold.

Patrick
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