Quick start
Quick start guide
Choosing an output type
Importing photos and video
Importing background Music
Organizing the menu
Authoring the disk
Authoring a video
User guide
How to Create, Open, and Save projects
Creating a new project file
Opening a project File
Saving a project File
Output type
Output aspect ratio
How to add photos and video to your slideshow
Importing images & video
Adding a blank slide
Rearranging slides
Removing slides
Setting the slideshow menu thumbnail (Optical output types only)
Slideshow settings
Slideshow settings
Disk chapter markers
How to edit and decorate a slide
Rotating a slide
Setting display length
Setting the transition effect between slides
Duplicating a slide
Editing a slide's input media
Editing a slide's input media
Adjusting an image's colors
Cropping an image
Orientaing a decoration
Adding an outline mask
Trimming a video
Changing the text on a template design
Slide tab options
Using a pre-design slide template
Setting the background
Decorating with text, images and video
Adding text
Editing the text font style
Adding images, video or clipart
Manually selecting a decoration
Setting the time region a decoration is shown for
Setting the exact position of a decoration
Setting the transparency of a decoration
Setting the exact rotation of a decoration
Additional decoration options
Adjusting the pan & zoom regions
Adding filters
Adding a border
Ordering the decoration layers
Adding a motion effect to a decoration
How to add background music
Importing music
Removing music
Rearranging the background music order
Making a music track end on a slide
Trimming a background music track
Synchronize slideshow to the background music
Advance audio options
How to add a narration to your slideshow
Recording a narration for your slideshow
Rearranging narrations
Adding a narration or sound from an audio file
How to preview a slideshow
Previewing a slideshow
How to organize the menu disk structure (Optical output types only)
The PhotoVidShow disk structure and editor
Creating a new slideshow album
Deleting a slideshow album
Moving a slideshow
Changing the menu title or slideshow thumbnail text
Creating a new sub menu
Importing a slideshow from another project
How to set a menu theme (Optical output types only)
Setting menu background image and music
Setting menu layout and button style
Setting menu duration
Adding further decorations and altering a menu
Setting navigation button style
Setting the disk highlight style
How to author your project
How to author your project
Encoding with motion blur
How to create a video from your slideshow
Creating a video from your slideshow
How to burn your project to DVD, Blu-ray or CD
How to burn your project to DVD, Blu-ray or CD
Setting the output TV standard
Setting the Blu-ray resolution and fps
Reduce output to TV safe region
Ignoring menus
Including original material on the disk
Setting the disk image folder
Selecting a writer
Other editor options
Top tool bar options
Relinking project files
Undo and Redo

PhotoVidShow user manual

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Output type

PhotoVidShow supports authoring of five different output types, Video file, DVD, Blu-Ray, VCD, and SVCD.

The 'Video file' option is mostly for creating a slideshow which is ultimately going to be played on a computer, smart device or for the web. 'DVD-Video' and 'Blu-ray' are for creating and burning a video disk which can be played back on a stand-alone DVD/Blu-ray player and viewed on TV. SVCD and VCD are for legacy formats.

The 'Video file' option will mean PhotoVidShow will author the slideshow as a single video file. I.e. Mpeg4 or .mp4. This file can then be played back on the local machine or uploaded to a website like youtube, facebook for example. Further configurations for this video type are done at authoring time.

Tip: Most modern flat screen TV's will support playing PhotoVidShow mpeg4 video files. So it is still possible to play your slideshows on TV with this output type. In fact, this option is sometimes preferable to DVD as it allows you to create higher resolution slideshows e.g. 1080p. To do this, follow these steps:-

  • Create you slideshow as a .mp4 video file for computer or web.

  • Copy this video file to a USB memory stick and insert the stick into your TV (often it will have slots for this on the side on the TV)

  • Your TV will then search the USB memory stick for media files it can play. You may need to refer to your TV manual to do this stage.

The other options available are for creating optical video disks. Whilst most of us are familiar with DVD some may have not heard of VCD or SVCD. VCD or SVCD pre dates DVD and allows video to be stored onto a normal CD, but at a lot less quality.

Most DVD players will support playing VCD CD's whilst some support SVCD, although these formats are becoming more redundant. Nevertheless VCD and SVCD are still useful if you only have a CD burner.

As a general rule, if selecting an optical media as an output, select DVD over SVCD or VCD if your computer is able to burn this type of media. Additionally If you own a Blu-Ray burner then select this over DVD.

  • Video file (Mpeg4 H.264 encoder, up to 1080p HD quality)

  • Widescreen 1920x1080(1080p), 1600x900, 1366x768, 1280x720(720p), 1136x640, 1024x576, 854x480, 640x360, 484x272, 432x240, 426x240

  • Standard 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 800x600, 640x480, 320x240

  • AAC 48khz

    DVD (excellent quality) 2-3 hours

  • NTSC - 720x480

  • PAL - 720x576

  • Audio MP2 48khz or AC-3 (Dolby Digital 5.1)

  • Normal highlight/move selection menu

    Blu-ray (HD quality) 2-3 hours

  • Widescreen 1920x1080(1080p), 1280x720(720p)

  • AAC 48khz

  • Normal highlight/move selection menu

    SVCD (normal quality) 35-60 min's

  • NTSC - 480x480

  • PAL - 480x576

  • Audio MP1 44khz

  • Menu selection by number only

  • VCD (low quality, only suitable for video input) around 74 min's

  • NTSC - 352x240

  • PAL - 352x288

  • Audio MP1 44khz

  • Menu selection by number only

Note: Only 16:9 aspect ratios supported by Blu-ray. Only 4:3 aspect ratios are supported for VCD and SVCD in PhotoVidShow. Also note VCD and SVCD do not support AC-3 dolby digital sound.

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