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Recommendation, please: Free software (windows-based) to make DVD slideshow

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Hi,

I need to make a slide show, burn to DVD, then play on DVD player (playable on a DVD player, not just a PC.) [It will be projected, which is, I think, the same technology as viewing on a TV)]

This would be made from still images (digitized photos.)

Bonus: allow me to add a sound track.

Bonus: the software would allow the "Ken Burns effect" (it appears as if a camera is slowly zooming in, possibly panning too)

Bonus: free or open source (but, if there is a great app for $30 or less, that would be OK.

Thank you!

-Dennis
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by:Paul Sauvé
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How about Windows Live Movie Maker...

It also has Zoom/Pan...you can add a soundtrack and it's FREE!

Here is a short tutorial to get you started: Windows Live Movie Maker: Create, Edit, and View Movies

And a few MS videos here: Movie Maker - Your very own movie studio
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by:dtleahy
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Thanks, paulsauve.

I have used Movie Maker, and knew it would work, but was hoping to find something with more features. Most transitions are jarring (to me), so, for a slideshow for a 94 year-old's birthday, I'm thinking that the "Ken Burns effect" and maybe some fade-in and fade out will be enough. But I knew Movie Maker didn't have that Ken Burns effect I was hoping to find. (In looking around, I found that you can download Photo Story 3 from Microsoft and then there is a way to set a begin and end zoom and pan and fake the Ken Burns effect... but that sounds tedious.


I just downloaded, and I'm auditioning DVD Slideshow GUI (which is a collection of tools, but appears to have the feature set I need.)

http://download.videohelp.com/tin2tin/
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Paul Sauvé earned 2000 total points
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Here is the Animations setting I used:Ken Burns effectThis is the result that I posted on YouTube.
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by:dtleahy
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Indeed, you met the criteria I wanted. Thank you very much for your time, Paul (paulsauve)

(My main computer is XP, and I should have looked at Movie Maker on a Windows 7 box. I had forgotten that they are different versions and that the one that comes with Windows 7 is more feature-rich.)

-Dennis
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by:Paul Sauvé
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Hi Dennis,

Glad to have been of service to you :-)

Paul
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