help with photodex proshow gold 2.5
by pipster - 7/28/05 12:38 PM
does anyone know of any kind of resources or websites that have more advanced help and tips and tricks for photodex proshow gold 2.5? thanks.
by: pipster July 28, 2005 12:38 PM PDT
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I agree with you, someone needs to start a user forum for ProShow Gold.
It is an excellent slide show program,
it just needs a decent user's guide.
Here is my tip of the day:
Avoid the gap of silence between background music selections
When you get ready to add background music to your ProShow Gold 2.0 slide show:
Click the Options Icon
In the ''Track Settings'' window:
Add two or more songs
Assume you want to overlap songs one and two, just enough to remove the silent part of the second song.
Click on the name of song-two to Highlight it.
Set the offset to -4 (seconds)
Then test by playing the slide show.
Start playing just at the point that song one ends and song two starts.
You may need to adjust that offset to get it just right.
To increase the overlap - make the minus number higher (e.g. -6).
If anyone has any more tips - add them to this thread.
do you know if there is a way to get words to disappear on the screen and then have more words come on? or do you have to use the same picture twice?
also have you seen the contest winner on photodex.com. i was trying to figure out how he did some of that stuff or if he must have other programs he's using as well. ie...the flying puzzle piece, picture in picture, opening curtains etc..
Yes you have to use more copies of the same slide.
Make sure that you set the transition time to zero, to make it seamless.
Also I have found that when using more than one copy of a slide and you have movement involved; on the slide "Image/Video" tab, set "Scaling" on all to "Fill Frame".
And on the slide Motion Effects tab of the second slice, press the "Match" button. I do not use the "Keep matched to previous slid" check mark, as this can cause some wiggle of the slides when viewed.
I have used as many as four copies of a slide to get the movement I want. I had a photo that was showing two paintings on the wall (Will Rogers and his wife).
I zoomed into the painting of Will Rogers, then panned across to his wife's painting, then retracted back to the starting shot, then had a static shot for 3 seconds.
I will have to check out the contest winner's sample.
I have not seen it. Might learn a few tricks.
Using Multiple Slides with Motion
I am glad to see this issue addressed, as I have had to use multiple slides to achieve desired motion effects (beyond the simple slide 1 and 2 example mentioned in manual and Help for ProShow Gold 2.5).
I have noticed that using multiple slides to have a continuous motion effect (mainly zooming) requires a little patience and creativity depending on the nature of the motion and when it starts. If Slide #1 is static and you desire motion (zoom in or out) to begin with Slide #2, then no problem. Use a "cut" transition (with time set at zero) between Slide #1 and #2, and the zoom starts exactly on time at the beginning of Slide #2.
On the other hand, if you have motion in Slide #1 -- particularly a wide-range zoom in or out, which will exaggerate this issue -- I have found that, at least for me, the zoom in Slide #1 does NOT end at the end of the "slide time" but instead seems to continue through the transition between Slide #1 and #2. (Based on the generic explanations in the ProShow manual, I had thought that the transitions were not part of the slide and that, for motion purposes, you could expect a slide's motion to end when the slide ended, but this does not seem to be the case.) Setting Slide #2 to "match previous" does not solve the problem simply because Slide #1 has not "come to rest" when the transition kicks in. This issue may not be noticeable in all cases, but if you look carefully you can see the mis-match between the end of Slide #1 and the beginning of Slide #2. If, say, you want to use a paintbrush transition (for example, to transition between a black and white and color versions of the same slide with a wide range zoom out on Slide #1), there will be at least a minor difference between the (apparent) ending position of Slide #1 and the beginning of Slide #2.
As has been mentioned here, I have often inserted an extra static slide in the sequence to allow for the motion to come to rest before continuing with the desired motion sequence. There's no end to the number of times you may want to do this to get the effect you want.
I've been using ProShow Gold 2.5 for about three months and think it's an outstanding program and appreciate your sharing your tips and moderating a forum on the product!
That looks to be a transition.
I don't have 2.5 ... so look and see if you can find a transition for the puzzle pieces.
thanks for the replies. there is a puzzle transition but it doesnt do anything like it does in the contest winner. he does a lot of neat tricks in there, maybe he's mixing video in. im not sure. still trying to figure it out. even the borders around his pictures, some of the others have that too. maybe they add them in that way or set a different setting for view size. hmmmm.
The contest winner most likely uses the ProShow Producer 2.51 ver , which opens up at lot more features not offered in Gold
i didnt know there was a newer version then 2.5
The referenced ProShow video (I believe the original poster was referring to a video by Mark Ridout)is clearly identified at the outset as being produced with ProShow Gold 2.5 (those done using ProShow Producer 2.5 are likewise so identfifed). Like the original poster, I too am finding it difficult to duplicate some of the really cool effects used by Ridout. While I can do similar (maybe better) artistic effects using Paint Shop Pro 9.0 in conjunction with ProShow Gold, I have not been able to duplicate the use of what appears to be a ''split slide'' effect, i.e., two photos on one slide with one fading out and another fading in followed by the other side fading out and a new photo fading in. I am currently testing ProShow Producer but it seems that the only big difference from ProShow Gold is the ability to layer photos. It also advertises a faster rendering speed and watermarking abilites but these are not all tha important to me at present, at least not worth the $350 cost to upgrade! Has anyone figured out the ''split slide'' algorithm yet? Thanks.
Intentionally Creating Gaps in a Single Soundtrack
I recently created a 7 minute slide show that contained two separate video clips, dropped in two places in the middle of the show. I had a single soundtrack about 5 minutes long which (for thematic reasons) I wanted to keep as the sole soundtrack. (Note: Syncing the show to the soundtrack was not an option due to the large disparity between the desired length of the show.)
I tried "piecing together" segments of the soundtrack to start/stop within the applicable segment of slides so the soundtrack would not continue playing through the video clip and thus end prematurely. I painstakingly calculated the start/end/offset from previous track settings but encountered a glitch. Things worked fine until the beginning of the third slide segment (i.e., at the conclusion of the second video segment). The sound in the last second or two of the video segment (which I did not alter) suddenly decreased.
To work around this, I found a better approach that seems to allow you to piece together segments of a single soundtrack. First, don't use a soundtrack for the "show." Instead, manipulate the sound by starting your segments within the appropriate slide -- Use the Slide Options|Sound and then insert your audio track. Then, set the end time to the desired length and, most importantly, check "continue playback of sound after slide ends". I know this sound like a poor-man's soundtrack for the entire show, but it was the only thing I could come up with to keep the audio segments from interfering with my video clips. Hope this helps someone.
Hope this helps
Similar Name but Different Software
Ulead PhotoShow is what I used until I discovered ProShow Gold.
Here is link to ProShow Gold:
They have a free download if you care to try it.
Photodex Proshow Gold
I have never burnt a show onto a CD, but I have burnt several shows on DVD and it works fine, providing that you keep each "chapter" with a reasonable volume of photos and videos, I would say 99 photos max and two video bits of 20 to 40 secs max. Also, a hint is to check the volume of each photo below 2,500 Ko, as a large number of voluminous photos tends to freeze the burning, don't ask me why. You can use Computer Pic as an easy means to compress and improve your photos. Also, be modest with the number and modifications of music pieces if you use videos. I'm a happy user and very proud of my final results, but getting good results is time-consuming as the program is not very stable and sometimes freezes to destruction. Any hint as to how to reduce time and freezes would be welcome.
The first thing is to check the Photodex site and see if the version you are using has the latest patches.
Photodex is pretty good a responding to problems.
You should aim your question in their direction.
To keep improving their product they need to know if someone is having trouble.
If your problem has been experienced by others, they will probably have a solution.
Be sure to mention what version of Proshow Gold you are using and what version of Windows you are using.
Do a complete uninstall. Install newest version, make sure anti virus is turned off when downloading. This
process solved all my problems with the program freezing up.
Hi to all
This is a Newbie to digital photography and this site.
It may not be good group etiquette, which may be why no one has mentioned it, but there is a very active Yahoo group for Proshow users which as you will find includes a lot of Mark Ridout's work and often provides useful hints and tips etc (including the opening curtains intro), which is so easy. It is done with just 1 slide of a pair of closed curtains. The next slide is typically a baby's face. The transition is about 20 seconds or so using a split transition that splits the first slide gradually in two and slowly revealing the second slide.
To Snapshot2 - as Moderator feel free to remove this link to the above group. I would not want it to detract from this group which has much more going on.
This is a user's group for ProShow Gold and something I have been looking for.
It does not compete with any CNet forum.
So I am leaving the link.
Proshow DVD players compatibility
Like to know how to get my Proshow dvd to work on a Panasonic player (it does not work)
There are several possibilities:
1. You may need to update the firmware in the DVD burner.
Find out the burner manufacturer and model number.
Visit that manufacturer's website and see if there are any firware updates available.
2. The media you are using may be defective.
Try a different brand of media....avoid off-brand media.
3. Some DVD players have problems playing DVD-R or DVD+R media.
So change the type of media you are using.
4. If you are using read/write media (DVD-RW, DVD+RW), switch to either DVD-R or DVD+R media.
Some DVD players will not play read/write media.
It is always a good idea to try your slideshow DVD on someone elses DVD player, and see how it works on a different player.
Firmware is not always the answer, good programming is!
You need to choose software that is more reliable. Granted, the software works for most slideshows, but it has some little quirks that will drive you mad. These quirks don't appear until you really try to control everything about your slideshow.
Also, the software does not lend itself to advanced PC's that have multiple optical burners (ie. two DVD burners). When I had one DVD burner the software worked fine, but when I added a second DVD burner to my secondary IDE controller (first set as master and later set as slave) the software would lock up my PC. I have been waiting for over a month now and the vendor still has not fixed the problem. Also, the software has not had any updates since April, 2005. That is just a little too long between updates. I would say one update every six months would be acceptable. It appears the company is too busy getting their new professional tool out the door, instead of supporting their existing products.
Don't get me wrong, it is a very fine product, but it has some warts that can drive you nuts. There are easier tools to use, but they don't have the depth of ProShow Gold. I just wish the vendor did a better job of supporting the product. When I can burn DVD's using three other software products, but not with the ProShow Gold software, it tells me the software is not functioning properly.
Be warned! It will work on the more basic PC setups, but not for the more full featured advanced PC's.
by setiprime - 12/19/05 7:41 AM
In Reply to: Firmware is not always the answer, good programming is! by drpenl
I just built a 495 slide show with 5 pieces of background music. Granted it is a rather large project but everything works well - right up to the "burning image" point. Computer and burner stop communicating. Finally got it to work after changing the output quality from 'high' to "standard quality".
why this has to be - I have no idea, but it is irritating to have a feature listed but unuseable.
The recent spate of upgrades do indicate they (photodex) are working on the program, but a 'troubleshooting' forum on their site would be helpful.
I am trying to get a download from the proshow producer 2.5
I need to find a download that isn't from the actual proshow site; but from the producer 2.51 version rather than the new 2.6 version. -wondering if anyone knows how I can download (the free trial) of the 2.51 version of producer; not the gold version! It will only give out the updated software. I need the one put out before dec 13th; the 1723 version of 2.51!
by snapshot2 - 12/28/05 8:50 PM
In Reply to: I am trying to get a download from the proshow producer 2.5 by ellisapho
An independent user's group has been created and can probably help with your quest.
I had the same problem. You will have to burn your show as a "DVD Disc" (not VCD) and just leave the standard settings there by default (you really shouldn't need any changes from default to save space on the DVD). Create your show and it will most likely work on all DVD player formats. Mine did.
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