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Slide Show Software

Postby davidknibb » 2006-02-06 12:03

For ages I've used Windows Software to create slide shows, with music, from my .JPG files.
In my quest to move complately away from Windows to Linux, good s/w to do this seems to be the last impediment in the way.
I've tried Digikam (Create MPEG Slide show) with the kipi plugins - and it seems to be buggy and always crashes.
I've tried QDVDauthor - and that too seems to crash.

I'm running Sarge Stable, with various updates from Testing, Unstable and Experimental.

What experiences do other people have please ? Is there something you reckon I'm missing ??

Or is there another s/w package out there I've missed.

Thanks a lot for all ideas.

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Postby Scotti » 2006-02-06 17:33

What about OpenOffice Impress? I'm not overly familure with the software but I do believe it does slide shows.

Here's something I found with a search: Slideshow Creator
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Postby davidknibb » 2006-02-08 09:27

Thanks.

In the end, I got digikam working.

It failed because I was using the most recent versions of 'libmpegtools' - which seems to have a known bug - so I read.

So I tracked down a previous version and downgraded from the newer to the older version and hey presto, it works.

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Postby domecq » 2006-02-08 21:31

I use Gqview for slide show. It works so well! :D
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Postby Guest » 2006-02-10 13:53

Gwenview is my favorite (+kipi)
batch processing ( fe rename very usefull )
find duplicate, mpeg slideshow, export to html etc
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Postby dawgie » 2006-02-11 19:55

If you have imagemagick installed you can display a slideshow with this command:
$ animate -delay 2000 /path/to/images/
(to slideshow a directory with 20 second display of each image)
to do this full screen use -backdrop:
$ animate -backdrop -delay 2000 /path/to/images/

<ctrl><q> to exit
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Postby davidknibb » 2006-02-12 11:46

Thanks for your replies - what I'm after is software to CREATE slide shows - not display them.
I'm refering to the KIPI pluigin 'Create MPEG SlideShow' under Tools.
As I said, I've got Digikam to work by installing a previous edition of the library files. But it is still very rudimentary and I wonder if there is anything more sophisitcated out there.

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Postby dramac » 2006-02-12 19:27

I use cinelerra to create slideshows with transitions and music on DVDs. It's the same principle as using Premiere, if you have ever used that, except you would be dragging pics into the timeline instead of video clips. I don't know what you used in Windows, but this might be more involved than what you might be looking for. There is probably an easier method in linux to do what I do, but I prefer the greater control I have over the final product with a nonlinear video editor.
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Postby glf2818 » 2006-02-22 01:55

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O.K. upfront--I'm so blank I don't know why "create
a slideshow" requires special software.
I use zgv for slideshows. If I wanted to make up a new
slideshow (hasn't happened yet), I would just mkdir newslideshow and copy whatever images I wanted to it.
You have to be root to run zgv under X. It has many options listed in its manpage.
If you want a slideshow where you decide manually when to go to the next slide, just use xzgv. You can adjust it so the thumbnails don't show by clicking at the bottom right of the thumbnail column and dragging to the left. Spacebar to advance, q to quit. z to fit image to screen.
If the order of the images matters (seems like it might), you change the name of your images as you cp them so they end up in order /f1.jpg,/f2.jpg,... .
Its very simple, but I think you will like it if you try it.
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Postby dnusinow » 2006-02-22 02:35

Why on earth do you have to be root to run an image display software in X? That's insane.
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Postby glf2818 » 2006-02-22 02:53

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Why on earth do you have to be root to run an image display software in X? That's insane.

I have no idea. zgv is supposed to be run on console.
xzgv for X.
If you try running zgv in X as user, it says
you must be the owner of the current console to run zgv

I used to run zgv on console F1, but with my new system it acts very weird when I try to exit.
When I got the above message, I tried running it as root and it works fine.
I'm using Gnome and usually have user stuff going on on three sections and root on the other so its no big deal to me.
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Postby dnusinow » 2006-02-22 02:56

A good rule of thumb is to not be root unless you have to be. Being root to display images in a slideshow is just madness. If all you want is to display images dropped in a directory, you can pair imagemagick with a shell one-liner anyway and run it as an ordinary user.
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Postby davidknibb » 2006-02-23 13:20

Thanks for the answers. Firstly, I've not heard before of ZGF - so I'll try to find out.

The reason why I have always used 'special' software - to answer the question is because it provides a whole host of utilities.
If you look at 'make mpeg slide show' in the Kipi plugins to Digikam or similar, that have some options like how long each picture is show, transition effect from one picture to the next, conversion to a video format, adding audio etc, but it is fairly limited - some of the good peices of s/w running under windows offer a whole variety of effects and options - and it was this sort of thing I was trying to find in Linux.
Thanks for the reference to Cinelerra - I'll try that out.

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