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    OK. A friend asked if I would put together a slideshow with music to play at a sur[rise birthday party. (since I am most computer literate of all the invitees) I said I would.

    Problem is (A) finding the right program to use.
    (B) deciding what size to scan photos into computer.

    (A)I have a PC at home and a Mac at work and brother's house.
    preferably looking for a free or minimally costing program.
    I also would like to put onto a DVD to hook up to the projector.

    (B)Some photos are from early 1970's and earlier.
    Some photos are rather small (1.5 x 2) and many are 3x3.
    Most photos are blurry (i know I can only sharpen so much before making
    them look even worse)

    Any help appreciated.
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    have a look at

    www.slideshowpro.net

    don't know about music though
    Last edited by chris_bcn; 09-09-2006, 11:47 AM.

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      i volunteered to do this for a friends wedding reception. I used imovie. We used about 100 photos. It was waaaaaay more work than I had bargained for. We did it over a 2 day period and projected it from my laptop. The process isn't that hard, but it was time consuming.
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        Thanks for the replies so far. Yes, I am understanding the amount of work to do now, especially with fixing of the not-so-good photos (that may not even be noticed other than me). I figure the scanning would take a full day since I don't have such a large scanner and it is a little slow (4+ years though it is USB!).

        I think instead of a payment (as I am offered many times-I also created the invites), I will just swap services and get a patio for the backyard.

        An old co-worker told me to use iMovie too since it is set up for several songs compared to iPhoto and then to drop it into iDVD for the final Disc.
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          There is MSpowerpoint but I don't think it has sound. You can always make a CD timed with powerpoint I suppose. Your coworkers advice is the best given you have access to iDVD, iMovie and iPhoto. I have these programs but never use them because I use FinalCut and DVDstudio pro.
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            I ended up using iMovie because of the multiple song thing too. One stupid thing I did was tried to time everything so that the pics ended at the song. I didn't realize that there was a fade song button at the bottom! I was learning how to do it as I went. Turned out nice, though.
            You're no longer a child when a mud puddle is an obstacle rather than an opportunity!

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              Originally posted by cornfed
              I ended up using iMovie because of the multiple song thing too. One stupid thing I did was tried to time everything so that the pics ended at the song. I didn't realize that there was a fade song button at the bottom! I was learning how to do it as I went. Turned out nice, though.
              That's why I like FinalCut. You have an unbelievable amount of control with sound as well as video.
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                Thanks for the tip on the Song fade. the co-worker told me in iPhoto you can let it figure out how long to display the pis based on the song,however, with more than one song i can see the 'headache' it caused.
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