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Finding Your Way to Slideshow Paradise > Finding Your Way to Slideshow Paradise - Pg. 270

Building Digital Lifestyle Slideshows Technique The iDVD Method How it Works Build the slideshow in iDVD, create a sound- track in iMovie Advantages Easy Easily match slideshow duration to soundtrack (varies image display time automatically) Disadvantages 270 Just like iMovie, iDVD changes the resolution of the images in the slideshow, meaning that the quality of the images can be degraded signifi- cantly Distribution limited to DVD only More work to add title slides Very difficult to add transitions or special effects The Combo Method Build the slideshow in iPhoto (or QuickTime Player), create the soundtrack in iMovie, combine the two tracks in QuickTime Player Only one really, but it is a biggie-- using this method, you can maintain full image quality Most work and complexity More work to add title slides Difficult to add transitions or special effects More work to distribute the slideshow on video- tape One of the most important factors that should drive the decision about which method you use for a given slideshow is the quality of the images you want to achieve. If having the highest quality is the most important thing to you, then you should usually choose the combo method. If you can live with slightly lower image quality and it is more important to be able to include transitions and special effects in your slideshow, the iMovie method is the way to go. If you are in a hurry and only need to put a slideshow on DVD, the iDVD technique can be a winner. When it comes to image quality, the means that you choose to display your slideshow is a very important factor. For some examples of what I mean by this, consider the following scenarios: · You are primarily going to display the slideshow on an analog television via videotape. The resolution of standard televisions and VHS tapes is fairly low. Creating a high-resolution slide- show for analog television won't do you much good because the images will be pared down when you show the slideshow on the television anyway. In this case, you should use the iMovie technique because it is the easiest, and it enables you to directly output your slideshow to vid- eotape. · You will primarily watch the slideshow on your computer. In this case, you will probably want to maximize the image quality since your computer is able to display high-resolution images. The Combo method is a good choice for this situation. · You want most of your projects to be on DVD so you can view them on a computer or on your home entertainment system easily. The iDVD method can be a good choice for this situation, although the other methods can result in a QuickTime version of the slideshow (and you can use iDVD to put any QuickTime movie on a DVD). NOTE With all this focus on image quality, I have made an assumption that the images you capture, whether via a digital camera, scanner, or other technique, are of a relatively high resolution. For example, if you use a digital camera that captures images with a resolution of two- megapixels or more (more pixels is better), your images are "high resolution," and you are likely to want to maintain as much of that quality as you can. If you use a low-resolution device to capture images, such as a one-megapixel camera, the image quality will only be so-so to start with so the method you choose doesn't have much impact on image quality. In other words, when it comes to deciding about image quality, consider the image quality from which you are starting.