lmuserx4849 wrote:phd21: I recall hearing that making a slideshow gives you the ability to have transitions.
This would depend upon the methods and or applications that you use to create the slideshow.
- "ffDiaporama" has incredible simple to use transitions that you can control before and after an image or video which you can then render to a final video file for various purposes including for adding to Bomobono or another DVD creator application.
- If you use a video editor like the excellent Kdenlive to create a slideshow and you want custom transitions, then you have to add each image or video to the project's timeline and add the transitions and customize them before and or after each image and or video. If you use "Kdenlive" built-in slideshow option, if will take all the images in a folder and display them for a certain amount of time you select and you might be able to choose one type of transition effect for all of them, but not custom transition effects per image.
lmuserx4849 wrote:I'm still not sure about cropping/aspect ratio. I think it is better to have control over it.
Anyone can crop and edit or change the aspect ratio of images or for content per image or by batches of images using many various applications (desktop GUI and console terminal based).
Assuming that the images do not actually have to be edited for content, to remove stuff you do not want seen, cleaning up the images, or for whatever reasons other than changing aspect ratios (sizing), applications like "ffDiaporama", and most video editors like Kdenlive, can change their sizes (aspect ratio) automatically to fit the video (slideshow) project profile you select before adding the images and or videos
and in some cases afterward as well. For instance, if you are creating a video or slideshow video for putting on a DVD for playing in typical home or business DVD players, then you would normally select a video profile like normal (square box) or widescreen at 480p or 720p at 25-30 fps and the images or videos you add will automatically be enlarged or shrunk to fit the profile you selected without any editing beforehand. It is a waste of time and resources to use a video profile higher than 720p for DVD's because the final DVD will only use the DVD format which is limited to 480p, unless you are going to also put the video on the Internet (web), USB sticks, email it to people, etc... Or, if you are using a Blu-Ray format and Blu-Ray discs which allow for higher resolutions. Typical DVD's will still look great even at 480p.
There is an imagemagick strip aspect
that might make things move along more quickly rather than gimp
Imagemagick and its related applications (montage, etc..) are awesome and they are actually used by many other image editing and processing applications from the Desktop or from the console terminal prompt. There is a newer version of this available too.
PS: You have a great voice. Love to hear what equipment you use to create your videos. Ever consider volunteering for LibriVox
Thank you ...
Unfortuantely for now, I have been using ancient, under-powered, computer hardware including very basic "low-end" audio and video equipment like a very low-end headset with mono mic, or using my webcam mic, sometimes using an ancient Bluetooth headset with mic. Because of this, It takes me a long time and many revisions to get the final tutorial videos and other videos to the stage they are when you and others see them, whereas having newer more powerful computer hardware and better audio and video hardware would change that for the better. I primarily use the superb "SimpleScreenRecorder" (SSR) for recording my desktop and the software running on it.