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Today’s guest post comes from photographer Rob Knight.
I led my sixth photo workshop in Costa Rica this past September. I decided to expand the trip from my usual seven day-six night schedule to a full nine days and eight nights. The extra two days allowed the group to relax and enjoy more shooting and instruction.
I held a contest at the end of the workshop to see who could come up with the most dynamic ProShow slideshow. I was not surprised that the best show was created by Kathy Veitch. Kathy has been a student of mine for several years and this was her fourth trip to Costa Rica with me! She won a one-year pro subscription to ProShow Web courtesy of my amigos at Photodex.
I thought I would share some of my tips for using ProShow Web for creating slideshows on the road:
ProShow Web is a great way to share your travel photography in a dynamic and entertaining way. With a few tips and a little practice you can create great slideshows on the road in no time!
Since we’re nearing the holiday season, chances are that you’ll be spending time with family and maybe even sharing your slideshow creations with them too. For me, this also happens to be the time when I realize how poorly set up some of my family members’ TV sets are. Whether it’s watching “stretch-o-vision” at my parents’ house or watching a DVD on a player that’s hooked up with a video cable standard from the 80s, it can be a little hard to resist the urge to try and improve their technology rather than spending time with them.
There can be many points of potential quality loss in your slideshow viewing setup. The factory settings on your TV, for example, are usually not the best. Your DVD or Blu-ray player can also be hooked up or set up in a less than optimal way. And finally, your DVD output settings may not be optimal for your slideshow. Today I’m going to show you how to make sure that your slideshows look as good as they can on your television.
When creating a DVD in ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer, there are several options that can determine how good your slideshows look. In the Options tab of the Create DVD window, look for the following options:
The DVD player itself is where I notice most people lose quality. The DVD player you bought in the late 90s or early 2000s probably still works, so there’s no need to upgrade it, right? Actually, many of the early DVD players were made for tube televisions, and they may be making your DVDs look worse than they should on your HDTV.
The type of cable that’s used to connect your player to your TV is very important. If possible, make sure your player is hooked up via HDMI, or perhaps component cables (red, green, and blue video cables with red and white audio cables). Hooking up via S-video or Composite (yellow video cable with red and white audio cables) is going to make your DVDs look bad. If your DVD player only has Composite or S-Video, it’s time to think about getting a new DVD player or Blu-ray player. A Blu-ray player should have both HDMI output and 1080p upscaling, so this is the safest bet, even if you are only going to play DVDs on it.
The settings on the DVD player can also have an effect on the quality you see on your TV. Here are some general guidelines:
There are a few options on modern HDTVs that are on by default that negatively affect your viewing experience. Here are some things to check for:
Hopefully these tips will help you get the most out of your setup. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Rangefinder magazine’s November issue features a wonderful article about the benefits of giving gifts to your photography clients as a way to maintain relationships and grow new ones. They feature 10 great gift ideas and real-life examples of each one. You can read the full article here.
ProShow slideshow software is highlighted as the tool-of-choice for making custom slideshows to gift to clients and plays an important role in photographer Laura Endres Hicks’ business. Laura presents a slideshow at the end of an ordering session to long time clients as a surprise gift.
“It doesn’t matter how much they order,” she explains, “it’s a relationship gift; my personal business model is built on relationships and maintaining them.” Hicks will pick about 20 to 30 of her favorite images (40 to 50 for weddings) and create what she views as “an artistic view of the session-not just a recap.” The slideshow “can be shared among family and friends; it keeps going and going.” Hicks says an hour of her time is a small investment for that kind of exposure, branding and marketing.
Do you offer your clients a gift as a ‘thank you’? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
The top 5 most buzzed about topics and questions about making video slideshows withProShow. These come directly fromProShowusers just like you and are collected by our customer service team every other week! Read the round-up below to see what people are curious about this week.
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No matter how cheap blank DVD media gets, it’s always a bit defeating to throw away a disc after realizing the DVD you’ve just created isn’t quite perfect. Perhaps your disc menu doesn’t look exactly like you want it, or maybe you used the wrong image in a particular spot in your show – either way, you now have to re-render and burn another disc. I’ve always felt it’s a good idea to have a rewritable DVD-RW disc around for instances like these, but those discs have slower write speeds, which can make testing out your DVD a longer process than it needs to be.
Fortunately, both ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer allow you to skip the disc writing process and create an ISO image file. This file contains the entire DVD disc structure, and with the right software, you can use this to proof your final product before you actually commit to a disc. There are several ways to do this, but today I’ll be focusing on using the free VLC media player.
When you’re in the Create DVD window, click on the Burning tab at the top. The “Disc Writer” option will show the name of your burner by default. Click this box and choose “ISO Image File” instead. Next, click the Create button at the bottom as you normally would. When prompted, choose a save location for the ISO image file; you can choose the same folder in which you saved your slideshow. Once it’s created, now you’ll need a way to view this ISO file.
VLC is a free multimedia player that supports playback of almost all common video and audio formats. It also supports playing both DVD discs and DVD ISO image files. Here’s how to use it:
You should now be able to play your full DVD in VLC player and make sure it’s set up just like you want it.
One thing that is important to note is that menu highlights will disappear after 5 seconds in VLC, even though the areas are still clickable/selectable. When the menu loops (typically 30 seconds), the highlights will be restored.
If you’ve proofed your ISO file and want to go ahead and burn your slideshow to disc, you can easily burn the ISO file without having to go back into ProShow. For Windows 7 or Windows 8 users, simply right click the ISO file and choose “Burn disc image”. This will bring up Windows Disc Image Burner. All you have to do next is click the Burn button.
If you’re using Windows XP or Vista, Windows Disc Image Burner is not going to be available, but there are other free options. Instructions for using the free ImgBurn application can be found here.
If you’ve ever wanted a jpeg image of a slide you have created, the Still Frame Capture option is for you. With this tool you can capture any moment of your slide and save it as a JPEG or PNG file for safe keeping.
This publishing option is designed to allow you to take snapshots of your show that you can save as individual images. How you take the shots, what resolution, and where they’re saved is all configurable by you.
The Capture Frame window will appear. This is where you find the options you can use to take still images of your show. Let’s take a look at each section:
ProShow will begin making the captures once you click on Ok. The captures will be saved to the chosen folder and available immediately. Remember that if you choose to capture only the current frame, you’ll be asked to choose a file name and save location once you click on Ok.
Last week the Photodex team and photographer Kevin Gourley, led a fun and challenging photo walk with 30 local photographers. We toured the Texas State Capitol building in Austin, Texas and captured some great shots. Watch the video above that showcases a selection of images captured by our photo walk attendees. We love the different points of view that can be seen from shot to shot.
The video slideshow above was made using ProShow Producer. ProShow is award-winning, easy-to-use software that turns your photos, videos & music into stunning video slideshows! Try ProShow free at www.photodex.com/try
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The top 5 most buzzed about topics and questions about making video slideshows withProShow. These come directly fromProShowusers just like you and are collected by our customer service…
No matter how cheap blank DVD media gets, it’s always a bit defeating to throw away a disc after realizing the DVD you’ve just created isn’t quite perfect….
If you’ve ever wanted a jpeg image of a slide you have created, the Still Frame Capture option is for you. With this tool you can capture any…