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Any good programs for Slide Show projection ?

I just called up a local company for a price of renting a laptop for one week. One quote was $100 for one week.

When I checked KEH for cameras, my attention was diverted to used laptops they are selling. Roughly it is $500 for a used one of varying qualities.

I need a laptop to run a slide show. I have access to an LCD projector from a church where I am presenting my “multimedia show” in which I sing and show slides.

I have a laptop, but it is an ancient machine with Windows95. My desktop is Windows98SE. I can burn a CD using my desktop. The LCD projector at the church will play the DVD/CD since it was purchased for playing the DVD movies by the church.

I don’t know anything about burning a DVD, but I can imagine going into a digital lab in town for an hour or longer to burn a DVD. Would that be more cost effective?

Any thoughts or experiences?

by Tomoko Yamamoto at 2007-04-30 18:33:16 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Baltimore, MD , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

You should just borrow a laptop from a friend. I’m sure there are lightstalkers in Baltimore who will be happy to help you.

by Mike Wang/PATH | 30 Apr 2007 20:04 | Seattle, WA, United States | | Report spam→
Tomoko, a new (internal) DVD drive should cost a good bit less than $100. If you are looking for a refurb laptop, the one I recently bought from KEH has been fine. I have also bought refurbed from TigerDirect. W

by Wayne E. Yang | 30 Apr 2007 20:04 (ed. Apr 30 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks, Wayne, for your word regarding a KEH refurbished and Mike, for your idea of renting a laptop from a friend. There are not many Lightstalkers around. Even DC Lightstalkers live in the suburbs or even in Frederick. Baltimore is definitely not like New York.

Since I posted, I learned that there is a program to make a DVD photo slide show, which can be burnt on a CD/DVD. My concern with that software, DVD Photo Slide Show, or something similar is the resolution because the program is intended for viewing on TV. I need to project my slides on a fairly good size screen, so I need to be able to make a slide show with bigger files.

Speaking of resolution, what are the difference between VGA resolution and computer file resolution. The latter seems to be larger. The projector I have available is the Epson Moviemate. I don’t know which model that is, but I can find out the model number.


by Tomoko Yamamoto | 30 Apr 2007 21:04 (ed. Apr 30 2007) | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
I remembered that I have Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows95 on my Win95 laptop, which came with my Windows95 desktop I no longer have.

I have never used it for a PowerPoint presentation. Would it be usable or should I go for a newer program? The laptop can display on the TV, for example, or to an external CRT monitor.

Thanks in advance for any good ideas.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 01 May 2007 18:05 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
I learned that Nero 6 will burn a VCD out of graphic files.

The only, but the significant problem is that my Win98SE desktop is slow, only Pentium II although I have 750 MB of RAM.

I may have to get myself a newer computer. A used/refurbished laptop might be needed if I want to burn a VCD/DVD.

The ability to burn a VCD/DVD might be handy when I travel around to give my multimedia show. I won’t have to lug my laptop around.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 02 May 2007 04:05 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
iView Media Pro… and Fotostation
this two i can advice you

by [former member] | 02 May 2007 06:05 | Katowice, Poland | | Report spam→
Proshow Gold has a bunch of decent options. Easy to make an exe file that should run on your PC.

by Ian Taylor | 02 May 2007 11:05 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Thanks, Aga and Ian, for program suggestions.

I now remembered that I have another program on my Win95 laptop for a slide show which I did use back in 98! I did not use a projector, but used a TV monitor attached to my laptop.

The program is Adobe Photodeluxe which came with my printer.
It has a simple slide show program, and you run a show with a data disc or data on the hard drive. In my case I used my PhotoCD files.

I’m going to try this out soon to see how it looks on the screen, and if it is too bad, I have to dig into my savings for money to do either upgrade or look for a place to burn a DVD.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 03 May 2007 01:05 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
I have used a cable between laptop and TV monitor. The cables are inexpensive, but the quality is not as good as using a full-blown projector. For example, you can get lines across the screen. But it works OK as a backup. An option for burning DVDs is to purchase a separate burner, which can be used between a laptop and desktop computer. Oftentimes, too, you can take your program on a jump drive to someplace like Kinko’s and burn a DVD there.

by M. N. Surratt | 03 May 2007 14:05 | Texas, United States | | Report spam→
What I was thinking is to connect my Win95 laptop to the projector. The Epson Moviemate will play the DVD or will accept an input from the laptop. I don’t know what kind of input is being used.

I have an external hard drive attached to my desktop. Could I download a DVD burner software onto it and take it where I can burn a DVD?

What do you mean by a “jump drive”?


by Tomoko Yamamoto | 03 May 2007 16:05 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
What I meant by jump drive is sometimes called a flash drive or memory stick. It’s one of those memory sticks that you put into an USB port. You could load your files on that and take it to a place like Kinko’s. My guess is that a desktop or laptop somewhere else would be set up so you cannot run a program off your external drive. The administrator privileges in most networks are set up to prohibit that as a safeguard against spyware, viruses, etc. You would probably have to have the file finished on your memory stick (or maybe external drive, if someone allows that) that you intend to show.

By the way, before there were photo programs that would easily create slide shows … (I believe the new Adobe Lightroom will easily, which I want to check out) … I would use Corel Presentations. It’s the program that goes with WordPerfect, similar to MS Powerpoint. The difference is that in Corel Presentations you could make what they called “Show on the Go,” which had imbedded with it the program necessary to run the slide show on the CD. So anyone could run your slide show on another computer. Possibly, you still can. I haven’t kept up. There are so many better programs for photographers now.

With Powerpoint, if the other laptop doesn’t have a version, you need to download the (free) Powerpoint viewer from the Microsoft Web site. Of course, you could also include that on your CD or DVD.

I would call ahead. Most computers come with some basic program for burning CDs and DVDs. Some are as easy as drag and drop.

I hope this helps.

by M. N. Surratt | 04 May 2007 20:05 | Texas, United States | | Report spam→
Late this afternoon I was busy trying to find a place which used to exist in Baltimore for digital imaging which you do at computers set up to do it.

I could not find the outfit any more. Tomorrow I call Kinko’s and camera stores in town, and perhaps some photographers as well for a place with a computer to burn a DVD with your graphic files so that I can play back the DVD on the projector I have access to.

If a cheap solution is not available, I may have to rent a laptop which can burn a DVD or buy a laptop with DVDR/RW. A refurbished/used laptop which can burn a DVD is more than $500.

Unfortunately, this month happens to be financially tight with extra expenses for my insurances.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 05 May 2007 00:05 (ed. May 5 2007) | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
Tomoko, for anything approaching “good” quality you should definitely not go for VCD, and even DVD degrades images a lot – because it basically converts the pictures to an MPEG-2 video stream. I would consider foregoing the CD or DVD route and playing it directly fromm the laptop hard drive. I also think that something like Corel Presentations or Powerpoint would be the way to go. If you wanted pan & zoom effects on your photos you will need to do that as a video file in something like Ulead VideoStudio, but you could output it to a High-Definition file and play it back from the laptop. But for sure you need to borrow a decent laptop for all that.

Come on Lightstalkers .., I can’t believe no-one has come forward yet and said, “Here, you can borrow my laptop” :) … How about the Church people?

(Full disclosure: I actually work for Corel, and we make Ulead VideoStudio which can be used to make HD and DVD (and in fact, HD DVD) slideshows, as well as the aforementioned Presentations)


by BignoseTW | 05 May 2007 01:05 (ed. May 5 2007) | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
Simple option, install Irfanview (freeware), it has a nice straightforward slideshow feature, it can progress slides randomly, looped or in a specific order at set time intervals or with a key press/mouse click, it also has an ‘alpha blend’ option that allows for smooth transitions between images. Connect your laptop (incidentally it has plenty of processor power/memory for this sort of use) to the projector using a vga lead. VGA resolution is 640×480 pixels, one up from this is XGA – 1024×768 pixels. Resize your images to 1024×768 or thereabouts so you’ll have more than enough resolution for the projected image without making the files too big for the laptop to handle without slowing down at all.

by John Carolan | 05 May 2007 12:05 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thanks for your suggestions, Tobie and John.

If using the laptop is a good way to insure the graphic quality, would my Win95 laptop (CTX is the manufacturer) be sufficient? My laptop comes with two external video-type connections. One is the RCA TV jack and the other is the external CRT connector which is 15-pin.

In addition to the MovieMate by Epson the church has, I have access to another LCD projector which is owned by the Presbytery of Baltimore which I have used in showing DVDs. The Presbytery of Baltimore happens to be located at the church.

As I have said before, I have Microsoft Powerpoint which came with Microsoft Office for Win95 for the desktop.

(In case some of you are wondering, I have been using my Win95 laptop for inputting musical scores and outputting as MIDI. For that it has been adequate although my Finale is kind of old.)

Tomorrow I can ask people in church.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 05 May 2007 13:05 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
The 15pin connector is for use with a VGA lead, that’s the one you should use with an LCD projector or external monitor. I’d keep the image files at approx 1024×768 pixels and save as jpegs to keep the file size low. Even an older laptop should be able to handle that without difficulty. Obviously do a test run first. I did a quick search for the moviemate projector and noticed that the moviemate 25 doesn’t have a 15pin VGA connector, although the moviemate 30 does so you might want to use the other LCD projector you mentioned or check what model of moviemate you have.. (I’d advise not using the TV jack on your laptop if possible as the image quality won’t be as good as using the VGA connection).

by John Carolan | 05 May 2007 18:05 (ed. May 5 2007) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thanks, John.

I checked the MovieMate 30, but not 25. Thanks for checking both for the connections. I’ll find out which one the church has tomorrow, and if necessary inquire at the Presbytery on Monday.

My earlier somewhat negative experience was based on using the TV monitor to show my slides in 98 using my laptop. In those days, the LCD projector was not easy to find available.

Today, it is different, so as you said, the old laptop would be handy to do the slide show projection if you have a “good”

I’ve downloaded Irfanview after checking that it is compatible with Win95.

Thanks again. Thanks, everyone else, for keeping up with me in this thread. Without your help, this thread might have met a premature death.

I’ll post an update on this later as I prepare my slide show as I’m pretty sure that more and more photographers would like to do an electronic slide show.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 05 May 2007 19:05 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
I found that the church has a MovieMate 30. They do not have a connector, however, but the person who told the church secretary so was not in church this morning.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 07 May 2007 03:05 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→

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Tomoko Yamamoto, Multimedia Artist Tomoko Yamamoto
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Wayne E. Yang, Writer/Photographer Wayne E. Yang
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Texas , United States
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Taipei , Taiwan
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Shetland , United Kingdom


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