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DVD PictureShow by Ulead
is a very nice and easy to use application to create a VideoCD
or DVD holding your photo's (either made with a digital camera
In this short guide I'll show you how to create your own
Photo-VideoCD or Photo-DVD, which you can playback on your
PC and on most standalone DVD-players.
Note: not all DVD players
are capable of playing VideoCD.
Note: Read the disclaimer
You can download a trail version
(limited number of albums and a limited number of photo's per album)
at the ULead website.
The application is pretty cheap, something like $39.
Step 1: Have the photo files ready
Naturally one needs photo's to be able to add them to
a VideoCD or DVD.
For photo's you can use basically any common file format,
like: GIF, BMP, JPEG
(also the new JPEG 2000 format!), TIFF , PSD
If you want to combine it with video
fragments then you're on the wrong page. DVD PictureShow
is not supporting movies. You can create a similar disc with for example
Nero, see "Photo VideoCD with
Nero" for details.
Step 2: Start the application
INSTALL DVD PICTURESHOW
If you haven't installed the application yet, then do
For those who'd rather test the application first,
download a trial version at the Ulead's
website and finally install the application. The trial version is
limited in the number of albums and the number of photo's per album, but
it will give you a good impression on what is and what isn't possible.
START THE APPLICATION
After installing, the application should be available
in your Windows START-menu. Click "Start" -
"Programs" - "Ulead DVD PictureShow"
and finally click "Ulead DVD PictureShow".
The first window that appears let's you choose if you
would like to create a "VCD 2.0" (VideoCD)
- Choose VCD 2.0 if:
If you do not have a DVD-writer or if you plan to write the photo's
on a CDR or CDRW, then please select "VCD 2.0",
since the result of a DVD burned on a regular CDR or CDRW is very likely
not compatible with your standalone DVD player.
Capacity: VideoCD allows a maximum of 1900
photo's on it. This does not mean that this much images will
fit the CD, it's just a limitation of the specification
- Choose DVD if:
If you do have a DVD-writer and plan to write a DVD (-R, -RW, +R, +RW),
rather go for "DVD" as you may experience
similar problems as seen burning DVD's on a CDR or CDRW. I haven't had
the chance to really test this since I do not own a DVD-writer (anyone
Capacity: DVD allows a whopping maximum of
9801 photo's on a single disc. Once again - this does
not mean that this many will actually fit - it's specification limitation!
TV-SYSTEM and other PREFERENCES
In the lower right corner you see a "Menu"
button. Click it once with the left mouse button. A popup menu will appear
showing you several options, the first being "Preferences"
- click it.
This little dialog window shown below now appears. You
can copy these settings and click "OK".
The settings shown above are pretty safe settings for
users that live in Europe (PAL). Residents
of the USA should copy the same settings but check NTSC
instead of PAL.
Note: PAL uses a higher resolution
and therefor a slightly better image quality.
(these settings match the settings for Europe)
PREFERENCES IN DETAILS
Note: it's safe to skip this
section and continue to the next ... it's for reference only.
This is used to set the resolution properly for the target TV-system
(Europe: PAL, USA:
NTSC). Secam users should check PAL.
Note: most DVD players are capable of playing
either formats. Most modern TV-sets can handle both PAL
- Fit into title safe area:
Allows you to specify a title safe margin. This is the margin between
thumbnail and title text of that particular thumbnail. For the title
safe area, as a guideline for different devices, use 12% for NTSC and
10% for PAL.
- Apply anti-flickering filter:
Reduces "interlace" flickering, always check this
option as it will improve picture quality when displayed on a TV.
- VCD Player Compliant:
Check this if you are experiencing trouble with your DVD/VCD player.
DVD PictureShow will now use the so called Constant Bitrate (CBR) as
defined in the VideoCD standard. If not checked a variable bitrate (VBR)
which some DVD/VCD players cannot handle in VCD mode.
If you plan to add music - this option will limit the capacity of the
disc to 70 minutes of playback time! So consider switching it off for
Don't forget to click the "OK"
button once you're done customizing your settings.
Step 3: Creating Albums and adding
After you choose either "VCD 2.0"
or "DVD" and maybe did some "Preferences"
changes, it's now time to actually build your Photo-VideoCD or DVD. Click
the "Next" button to get to the "Create
slide show" window.
Before we can do anything, you will have to set the
source of your pictures first. Usually you get the photo's from files,
so make sure the dropdownlist, left from the "Add Slideshow..."
button shows "Images from File". Finally click
"Add Slideshow..." in order to create your
first album of this disc.
A new window appears, allowing you to add individual
photo's to an album (naturally, the "Selected images:"
bar will be empty at first). This can be done using drag and drop
as shown with the red arrow in the image below. Optionally you can select
each image one by one and click "Add Image"
(double click an image works too!), or add all images in one go by clicking"Add
All". The "Arrange" button opens
a new window that allows you to modify the order using drag and drop.
Tip: You can
maximize this window, so you will be able to see more thumbnails. This
can be done by clicking the "Maximize" icon
or simply by double clicking the title bar (where it says "Create
The screen is basically divided in 3 active
areas (A, B and C)
and a button area:
In this area, you can select the folder that is holding you picture
files. Navigation is similar to the navigation you use in Windows Explorer,
so that should look familiar.
Will show you the content (i.e.. images) found in the folder
you selected in Area A. The images shown can be dragged to the lower part
("Selected images:") of area C.
Shows you the pictures you already did add to your slide show,
including the options one can set. Here you will find also the additional
Once you completed this album you can click
"Done" and return to the previous screen where
you can add more albums by clicking the "Add Slideshow..."
An already made album can be opened again
by double clicking it in the "Slideshow list".
Tip: In most
windows, you will see the amount of Mb used for this CD. For a regular
74 minute CD, 740 Mb will be the max, for a 80 minute CD 810 Mb will be
the max. I don't know the max for DVD's ...
Step 4: Define menu layout
So you're done creating albums? OK, click the "Next"
button so we can do some theme settings for the menu.
Here we can set the layout of the menus. Below "Project
Template" you can select the layout you would like. The
drop down box will show you available themes, like "Cool",
In the scrollbar below that you will see thumbnail examples
how they look like. Double click the one you like and it will instantly
CUSTOM BACKGROUND IMAGE and MUZAK
Naturally, the predefined themes are very cool, but
most of us prefer their own background image. This can be done by clicking
You can also have a background music here. Click to
select the soundtrack you want to use. Here we can use WAV, MP3 or MPA
format only as seen before.
Tip: for vacation trips I
usually buy a really nice postcard and scan that into my computer. Then
I make the postcard very light (increase brightness and decrease contrast)
as a background.
When you've finished the details on the theme, you can
now click "Next" and take a look at the preview.
The remote control on the left allows
you navigate (unfortunately some buttons like "skip" etc are
missing) your show to see how it will show on a TV.
Click "Next" if you're satisfied,
or click "Back" to return to the theme page.
Step 5: Burn that puppy
We now arrived at the "Output settings"
window where we do some final preparations before burning this CD.
|Location where Ulead DVD Pictureshow will
"render" the CD or DVD image. The value below the input
field shows you the amount of disk space needed for this particular
DVD or CD (here: almost 600 Mb).
Any disk or folder
that has enough space.
|Select your DVD or CD recorder (normally
this is selected automatically)
|Burning speed. You can set it to Max if
you have burned CD successfully before on this PC at Max speed. Otherwise
select a lower value.
|The burn process will be simulated in order
to see if speed settings are OK. The CDR/CDRW/DVD will not be written
|Depends on your CD-writer, some do other
don't support buffer under run protection (Burn Proof is one of them).
|Label of your CD or DVD. Usually a name that
either makes sense or is part of a sequence.
image files to disc
|This option allows you to save the pictures,
additionally, in the original high-res file format. This way the images
are stored on the VideoCD or DVD and can later be used for making
Note: if this option is not available, then you might want to check
Ulead for an update!
Use Joliet file
system for VCD
|This option allows you to use large filename
- for example in the photo filenames that are stored in a separate
Now click "Next" to continue.
In the now upcoming window you will have to make sure
"Record to CD:" (or "Record to
DVD:" for DVD) is checked. Optionally you could use the
option to write to image file ("create image file").
Note: if you're writing to
a CDRW, it can be usefull to use the "Erase CD"
button for cleaning out the CDRW.
Now click the button "Create VCD"
(or "Create DVD" for DVD). PictureShow will
now render the CD-image. After that, the CD-writer or DVD-writer will
burning the CD or DVD. Just be patient :)
After the CD has been completely burned, you can try
it on your PC using DVD playback software, or play it on your standalone
DVD player to see if it all works.
Tip: You will need a capable
DVD playback program to play this CD! Some DVD playback programs do not
even support this format!
Don't forget: a copy of the
original image files are stored in a folder on the CD - if you check the