Help needed - transfer of photos to other media

daverob

Active Member
Want to transfer photos from hard drive to CD or DVD so I can watch photos on my TV. Any help given will be much appreciated!
 

StevieBuck

Well-known Member
I assume you are planning on playing them through your DVD player?

Some DVD players will playback JPEGs saved on CD or DVD, so simply writing them to disc will work.

If you're player doesn't support this then you can create a DVD video from the photo files.

Check out this page at videohelp.com which has a whole list of guides and links to software you need. Some of the software is free, and some you will have to pay for - so just have a look through it. DVD slideshow GUI is something I've looked at before and seems easy enough to use.

http://www.videohelp.com/guides?sea...its=25&archive=0&search=Search+or+List+Guides
 

daverob

Active Member
Stevie - Many thanks for your reply - will try this out and let you know how it works! Cheers - Dave:)
 

echrada

Banned
You can also use Picasa and at the bottom click make gift dvd/cd and it will make a slideshow with your selected photos to burn to a cd/dvd.
 

windup

Active Member
Hi,
I do this regularly as I find it far preferable to looking on the PC.
Don't use the DVD players built in slide show.. it takes AGES to fill the screen one frame at a time.
I use Pinnacle video studio but any basic video editor will make a slide show from pic files and then make a DVD.
You can download trial versions on the web if you don't know which to go for.
I suggest you keep each photo to about 2sec duration, and leave out all the fancy transitions.. it only serves to annoy after the first time.
and add some gentle background music at a low volume that serves to add to the ambience... Voila !!:thumbsup:
 

daverob

Active Member
Hi Stevie. Looked through the link, really good, but in parts, beyond me!! I do have Picasa 2 on my system. Have transferred photos to disk (both CD-R and DVD- + RW) just won't work on my DVD player to the TV. Am I using the correct Disks? Don't understand why I can't view photos on either hardware? Your thoughts and advice would be appreciated. Cheers Dave
 

StevieBuck

Well-known Member
It sounds like the photos have been copied to your disc as JPEGs - and your DVD player doesn't play these files as is. So no matter what you use - CD or DVD - it wont play back.

What you'll need to do is create a DVD slideshow. Any video editing software will take the still images and basically convert them to a DVD video stream which will play in your standalone player.

I'm at work at the moment, but I can check out Picasa later to see if this is capable of this. It's more likely that you'll need different software though.
 

daverob

Active Member
You can also use Picasa and at the bottom click make gift dvd/cd and it will make a slideshow with your selected photos to burn to a cd/dvd.

Morili - many thanks for your suggestion - have already tried this, but for me it doesn't work! Perhaps I'm doing something not right!
 

windup

Active Member
As I said, get yourself a proper video editor.
You then compile a 'VIDEO' using your still images, but they then become a video file in whatever format you choose.. avi, mpg or DVD.. which the DVD player sees as a DVD, not still images.
You can choose how long each image displays, add audio, a title and silly topsy turvy transitions if you feel it will add to the overall result.
There is a learning curve but it is worth doing properly...
OH!, and on that point.. use a DVD RW disk to try out your first attempts... because there will be mistakes which otherwise go straight in the bin :thumbsup:
 
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daverob

Active Member
Hi Windup - thanks for the help. By the way what do you consider to be the "proper video editor"? I have NERO - will this do? cheers, Dave
 

jetinder

Active Member
You can do it in an even simpler way.

In Nero select
:-
Make data CD
or
Make data DVD.

Click on +ADD button.

Add all the photos you want, burn it on to CD / DVD.

You can now view JPG photos on your TV.

I've done this and view photos on a 4 year old Matsui DVD player, so if that can do it, your DVD player can easily do it.
 

windup

Active Member
Dave,
Everyone has a favourite program, which comes from trying several examples.( just like women, really.. they each have problems and special treats)
I use Pinnacle studio, which does have problems with some PC/Users ( like myself) in that it crashes for no reason.. others find it works with no problem.. but it is very user friendly and worth some problems it may cause.. and you can see what you are doing without having to select different viewing panes... like some more complicated types.
Just remember to SAVE YOUR PROJECT regularly to avoid losing everything.
I also use Nero, but only as a device to burn the final result onto a DVD disk.. in itself it does have various options to create files and DVD, but I find it a bit basic and only use it for specific tasks. (It is very good at converting wmv files to DVD.)
I suggest you try and download a trial of Pinnacle Studio, Corel/ Ulead video Studio and Sony Vegas... just go to the sites and search.
http://www.click-now.net/download/Pinnacle_Studio.htm
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1208530085716#versionTabview=tab0&tabview=tab6
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Editors/Sony-Vegas-Movie-Studio-Platinum.shtml
If you just want a basic slide show with no refinements then Nero might just do it.. try it out.. but you will quickly see why other specialised programs are so popular.
As I say tho.. there is a learning curve... be patient and try inputting just 5 or so pics at first, just to get the hang of it.:smashin:
 
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StevieBuck

Well-known Member
The way jetinder explains is basically what you've tried already - i.e burning the JPEG files as is directly to a CD/DVD.

If you have a full version of Nero then there will be an option to click on to create a proper slideshow DVD. As windup said though, just try out a few progs and see what you can do.
 

daverob

Active Member
Hi Stevie and Windup. Many thanks for all your help. Have been successful in downloading photos as you both described. As you both say, a little at a time, and of course saving periodically. Will let you know how everything is going. Thanks again, Dave
 

windup

Active Member
Dave,
Good to get your feedback and to hear you are now on the way to Hollywood. We all started with the same problems and as the Actress said to the Bishop " practise, practise, practise". :thumbsup:
 

daverob

Active Member
Special Thanks to StevieBuck-Morili-Windup-Jetinder for all the help given for my original question. Much appreciated for your inputs. Have now managed to download photos to show on my TV. Nobody in Hollywood is interested in what I have achieved!! Great to know there are many Forum members who take such an interest in what probably most consider a very basic question and answer problem. Cheers, Dave :hiya:
 

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