Video and Photo desktop slideshow software?

Is there a simple inexpensive desktop software solution for automatically playing a folder containing both video and photo files without burning video DVDs. Just point to the folder and starting playing ALL the content in a nice slide/video show format.
tpgriffinAsked:
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quizwedgeCommented:
Are you on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer? For a Mac, iPhoto could work well for you, but you'd have to import the files into the program.
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tpgriffinAuthor Commented:
Sorry, Windows PC (Win 7 or maybe Win XP).
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MereteCommented:
There is no media player for windows that will automatically play a folder of video and images,  you need to add them first
once you drop them into the media library and press play it will play whatever is in the library until it ends.
If you have windows 7 then you have the Media Center?
Which version of windows 7 prof 32 bit pro 64 bit? home or some other, do you have media center ?

Windows Media Center for xp or Windows 7 would be the ideal solution for you
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP_Media_Center_Edition

Did you want to watch this on your PC or on a TV that has a USB support as there is a couple of work around,
TV, drop your files onto a USB media drive if you want auto play
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Western-Digital-WD-TV-Mini-RMVB-Media-Player-1080i-USB-/330711941709?pt=AU_MultiFormatMediaPlayers&hash=item4cfff7c24d
or just a straight USB drive you have to press play
for the PC xp or W7
you can load VLC portable to a USB drive, it will act as a media player for the files on the drive
 lets make the drive 1 terabyte in size, when you plug it into to your TV USB or your DVD player USB or on the PC USB VLC will play whatever is on there once you set it
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=599

Windows media player with xp that would be  WMP 11 right?
just add everything to the playlist and it will play them automatically once you press play. Even the images will play as a slideshow as that is how images are played.
It will just progress through these images automatically.

There is a but !!! , you need to consider what format the video are in regards to support in WMP 11, wmp 12 supports more
All the same say avi or mpeg? not flash? WMP supports a limited amount video formats, wmv, avi with a codec installed, mpeg mp4 maybe. Not flash or quick time or real.
VLC player standard
Gom player  is another open source and it supports all  variety of video and will also play images.
http://player.gomlab.com/eng/download/
Media Player Classic - Home Cinema very nice player open source and supports pretty well everything
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quizwedgeCommented:
Looks like Merete has a very thorough answer, so I'll bow out. If VLC works for you, I'd recommend trying that suggestion as it's a great media player for anything from digital files to DVDs that are too scratched for other DVD players.
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tpgriffinAuthor Commented:
I found my own solution:
http://www.irfanview.com - 1,000,000 new users monthly

Run IrfanView
    Press "W" (which is a shortcut for: File / SlideShow)
    Turn OFF "Show Text" in the middle of the screen.
    Select "File Types" - All Files.
    Select "Full Screen options" and select "Fit to screen: All images/movies".
    Browse to your media folder and drag files to the bottom box.
    Select "Play SlideShow"

It Shows Images and Plays Video from the same folder.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
FWIW - Windows Live Photo Gallery also displays/plays most image and video formats!
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tpgriffinAuthor Commented:
It was the only solution that meet our needs.
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