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    I would like to transfer a large quantity of JPEG images, grouped in folders, to a DVD so I get to choose a folder from the top level menu and then get a timed slideshow of the pictures. I have tried an old copy of Nero Burning, but it seems like a large lump of software for a very small task. Any suggestions as to free or cheap software for this please
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    Free appears to be limited for this task, but you might try LPG. I do not have any personal experience with this software.
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    [quote name='dpollock' post='769265' date='05-Apr-2009 09:14']I would like to transfer a large quantity of JPEG images, grouped in folders, to a DVD so I get to choose a folder from the top level menu and then get a timed slideshow of the pictures.[/quote]
    Hmmm, most computers and DVD drives come with basic software for burning a set of files to disc. However, basic burning software is unlikely to include any software that would go on the DVD to actually drive a slide show. Do you need that as well?

    If the goal is to provide folders that work with functions built into a DVD player, then basic burning might be sufficient.

    If the DVD is meant to be viewed on a PC, you could consider creating photo albums that run in a browser, and then burning those to DVD. I think you can build the albums in a few minutes using Jalbum. In addition to publishing on the web, you can publish to optical media. See Support Forums : Making a CD from the jalbum pictures ... @ Jalbum's forums.

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    [quote name='dpollock' post='769265' date='05-Apr-2009 12:14']I would like to transfer a large quantity of JPEG images, grouped in folders, to a DVD ...[/quote]
    Here's another free one that I've used for quite some time. I've never burned one to a DVD rather have always used a CD. But, I would think that since this slideshow program is just "data" files, CD or DVD shouldn't matter.

    The files can be in folders and browsed or selected at will; you can include music if you like and the "hardest" thing about it is setting up the .INI file with your operational choices.

    LPJ-Software

    Edited to add: Oops, I just went back to check Doc's link and it looks like that site is using the same software I recommended. Maybe there's a "typo" in the LPG...

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    Followup.

    I just tested LPJ slideshow by burning a DVD of a show I created last year when Billie and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. There are two folders and each contains some JPG files. Keep in mind that these files were made by scanning some 45 year old 35mm slides which have gotten a bit fuzzy over the years. I'm glad I did the scanning when I did.

    If you go here (http://www.alhoffman.org/billie_and_al.zip) and download the zip file, unzip to some temporary folder and execute the file SLIDESHOW.EXE you'll see what I mean. Remember, during the slideshow, as told on my opening screen, pressing M (for menu) and then OK will take you back to the screen to select the other folder or ALL folders.

    If you want to try a DVD just burn all the files to a DVD and the Autorun.Inf file (if you have it turned on) should start the show.

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    I left out one requirement. When the CD or DVD is complete, I would like to play it on a DVD player linked to a TV set. the links you all have suggested seem to be aimed at playing on a computer???? Forgive my ingnorance, but talk of Autorun files seems to be computer based
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    [quote name='dpollock' post='769331' date='06-Apr-2009 08:23']... I would like to play it on a DVD player linked to a TV set ...[/quote]
    Aha, that's a horse of a different color. Well, I'm going to have to admit that I've never done one and I don't know of any free software to do that job. I get a bit nervous when Googling for that kind of stuff, for there's all kinds of "underhanded" web sites out there.

    I use AshampooŽ Burning Studio 8 which has that capability but I must admit to never having tried it.

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    Just a postscript in case you're interest in Ashampoo is piqued. I just tried my first (TV) DVD burning using the same pictures (JPG) that I had in my PC slideshow. I added background music just to make sure and got a successful burn of a DVD that plays OK on my television set. FWIW.

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    [quote name='dpollock' post='769331' date='06-Apr-2009 08:23']I left out one requirement. When the CD or DVD is complete, I would like to play it on a DVD player linked to a TV set. the links you all have suggested seem to be aimed at playing on a computer???? Forgive my ingnorance, but talk of Autorun files seems to be computer based[/quote]
    Again, I have no personal experience with this software, but it is FREE and does what you want according to the review.

    http://www.nchsoftware.com/slideshow/index.html
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    [quote name='dpollock' post='769265' date='05-Apr-2009 12:14']I would like to transfer a large quantity of JPEG images, grouped in folders, to a DVD so I get to choose a folder from the top level menu and then get a timed slideshow of the pictures. I have tried an old copy of Nero Burning, but it seems like a large lump of software for a very small task. Any suggestions as to free or cheap software for this please[/quote]
    I have used this to convert many JPGs to play on a home DVD player. It's a little slow to convert but it's FREE and it worked fine for me.

    Download it at DVD FLICK
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='769377' date='06-Apr-2009 12:11']Again, I have no personal experience with this software, but it is FREE[/quote]
    We need to proceed with caution on this one. I downloaded and gave it a try this afternoon. I spent a LONG time making sure I knew what I was doing and made a DVD slideshow, with captions and background music that all work just fine INSIDE the program. BUT, after burning the DVD it will NOT play on my DVD player (made sure I selected NTSC!) nor WMP on the computer. I don't have any idea what's wrong and will continue to check their forum to see what I can discover, but just beware!

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    [quote name='Bigaldoc' post='769439' date='06-Apr-2009 17:40']We need to proceed with caution on this one. I downloaded and gave it a try this afternoon. I spent a LONG time making sure I knew what I was doing and made a DVD slideshow, with captions and background music that all work just fine INSIDE the program. BUT, after burning the DVD it will NOT play on my DVD player (made sure I selected NTSC!) nor WMP on the computer. I don't have any idea what's wrong and will continue to check their forum to see what I can discover, but just beware![/quote]
    Thanks for doing a Beta Test Al. That's part of the reason I put the "no personal experience" disclaimer in.
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    [quote name='dpollock' post='769331' date='06-Apr-2009 08:23']... play it on a DVD player linked to a TV set ...[/quote]
    As I mentioned earlier, Ashampoo does the job satisfactorily if not a bit klutzy to use. One drawback is that it's a burner and that's all. It isn't designed as an editor. Once you burn it's finished.

    I was going to try the other freebie that Bob mentioned but when I saw that it doesn't have subtitle capability AND the seemingly SLOW conversion speed, I decided against a trial.

    So, I continued on what I hope was a CAREFUL web search for DVD editing software and came up with a "Kiwi-land" product from a company that I'd never heard of. I didn't find anything "cautionary" about this company, so I downloaded a copy of their DVD PixPlay from here: Xequte: DVD Slideshow Software and so far I like what I see. You can download it free but any DVDs you burn will have a watermark on them unless you pay the $30 USD registration fee. No need for a lot of detail from me as the web site has LOTS of screen shots and helpful info.

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    How would it work if you made movies out of the still images using Windows Movie Maker 2?

    Just a thought.

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    [quote name='dpollock' post='769331' date='06-Apr-2009 08:23']I left out one requirement. When the CD or DVD is complete, I would like to play it on a DVD player linked to a TV set. the links you all have suggested seem to be aimed at playing on a computer???? Forgive my ingnorance, but talk of Autorun files seems to be computer based[/quote]

    Have you had a chance to try the program I suggested in post # 10?
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