Digital Slideshows Made Easy: Prime-Time Slideshows
Skip the reruns and show your photos on TV instead
Another easy option for displaying your images on TV is a device like the SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer (www.sandisk.com); it accepts most common digital camera memory cards. Connect it to your television's video input, slide your digital camera's memory card into the appropriate slot and the Digital Photo Viewer displays your images on your television. The SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer comes with a remote control that lets you move through the photos, rotate images if necessary, zoom in and out on a photo and more. Pretty easy, huh?
The eFilm PicturePAD from Delkin (www.delkin.com) does double duty as a slideshow viewer and convenient image archive. The PicturePAD is a handheld mini-hard drive that can be used to store your digital photos when you're on the go. When your camera's memory card fills up, insert it in the PicturePAD and download your photos to the PicturePAD's drive, thereby freeing space on your memory card. When you get home, connect the PicturePAD to your television and enjoy an instant slideshow.
If you don't mind doing a little work on your PC, you can make an impressive multimedia slideshow that will play on any home DVD player. This is the best choice if you want to share your slide show with people who can't drop by for the premier showing, as you can send them copies.
There are many software applications that will let you easily create slideshows on disc. If you have an Apple computer (www.apple.com) with a SuperDrive, you can use iDVD to create your show. Launch iDVD from within iPhoto. iDVD lets you specify which images you'd like in your show, the duration of clips, and also lets you add music from your iTunes library to accompany the show.
For Windows users, there are many terrific software programs that let you put slideshows on DVDs as well as VCDs. The VCD is a great solution if you have a CD burner, but no DVD burner, in your computer. VCDs are essentially CD-Rs that your slideshow software will encode in such a way as to allow them to be played back in most home DVD players.
One of our favorite programs that allows you to create slideshows on CD and DVD—complete with transitions, narration, music and titles—is Ulead's DVD PictureShow 2 (www.ulead.com). You also can make basic image adjustments, if necessary, without switching to a separate image-editing program.
Roxio's Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 (www.roxio.com) is another affordable software package that lets you create sophisticated multimedia slideshows and save them on DVD or VCD for playback on your home DVD player. This application also features several useful disk utilities. Use the Disc Copier function to quickly make multiple copies of your slideshow to send to friends and family.
Sharing your photos in the comfort of your living room can be a fun, social way to share images. Whether you prefer to connect your camera directly to your TV, use a special set-top viewer, or create slideshows in the computer, your slideshow is probably the best thing on TV tonight.