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Q: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV ( Answered,   5 Comments )
Subject: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: stan2-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 24 Aug 2002 18:16 PDT
Expires: 23 Sep 2002 18:16 PDT
Question ID: 58214
The result of a 9960 mi. trip from IN. to anchorage with my inspiron
2500 and my kodak 3700 I have managed to download 2383 pictures into
aprox. 38 albums in dell picture studio,image expert2000 I want to
convert some or most to analog and copy them to VHS to make up a slide
show effect to show to different groups.  what eqpt. do I need to do
Subject: Re: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV
Answered By: wengland-ga on 27 Aug 2002 15:20 PDT

What you need is a bit of software to create the video presentation -
Powerpoint is good, although not specific to video, and a way to
output it.

For content creation, I personally love the Pinnacle Studio DV
products.  About $100, allows you to drop images into the timeline,
add transitions, sound effects, narration, background music and more. 
Then, you can render the completed video to a format of your choice
and output it to VHS.

The output can either be accomplished by running the video-out of the
laptop to a VHS recorder using a PC to TV video adapter, as pointed
out by lizzybarham-ga
( ), or by
burning the completed movie to a Video CD.

Any CD-R drive can burn a Video CD, given a Video CD compliant MPEG
file.  Pinnacle Studio DV can create the MPEG file for you, and the
best Video CD creation software is Nero Burning Rom, from Ahead
Software, about $70 or less.

Video CD discs can be played on most modern DVD players, offer
CD-quality sound, and better resolution than VHS tapes.  Additonally,
unlike video tapes, they won't wear out after several playings.  And,
unlike video tapes, they can be played in a computer as well as a DVD

Or, if you really need the VHS tape, you can copy the Video CD output
to a VHS tape.


Pinnacle Systems

Pinnacle Studio Software:

Nero Burning Rom:

All about burning Video CD's and more:

Free Video CD photoalbum software, and directions from

More about making Video CD's, including tutorials and links (bottom
1/3rd of the page) for photo albums:

I hope this answers your question; if you need more information,
please ask for a clarification before rating this answer.
Subject: Re: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV
From: lizzybarham-ga on 25 Aug 2002 00:56 PDT
My friend has a macintosh and he used iMovie or something similar; he
burned DVD's from them and once they are in DVD format you can copy
them many number of ways.

I suggest your purchase a DVD burner for your computer, create the
slideshow using some program (there are probably many out there;
Cinerella can probably do it [at least create the movie part, another
piece of software could be used to burn the DVD).
Subject: Re: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV
From: lizzybarham-ga on 25 Aug 2002 00:58 PDT
Subject: Re: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV
From: lizzybarham-ga on 25 Aug 2002 01:02 PDT
Also, you could purchase something like this:

And using a slide-show program such as PowerPoint:

Or from the group their power-point like thing:

Make a slide show that covers the entire screen and pipe it to your VHS recorder.
Subject: Re: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV
From: bayee-ga on 18 Sep 2002 03:15 PDT
You can try PictureToTV ( as well. It's
very easy to use! Just drag your photos into the project and it will
burn the VCD for you. You can add transition effects + music too.
Subject: Re: digital to analog conversion to show pictures on TV
From: action-ga on 27 Nov 2002 13:54 PST
If you are going to DVD (or VHS), the pictures do not need to be any
larger than 720x480.  Batch resizing the pictures will save a lot of
time if you plan to load the images into video editing software.  I
use Photoshop Elements to accomplish this.  I recommend Pinnacle
Studio or Adobe Premiere.  Premiere is expensive and not easy to
learn.  The new version of Studio (haven't used it yet) is supposed to
let you drop images on the time line from Windows Explorer -- I'll
believe it when I see it.  Otherwise, make sure you call up a folder
of stills that are small and not too numerous.  A folder with a lot of
images or several high resolution images can appear to freeze the PC. 
I've seen it take 5+ minutes to load the folder for viewing. 
Hopefully version 8 fixes this.  Studio also does a neat thing of
using the color in the upper left of the image as the background color
if the picture doesn't fill the screen (or frame).  This adds some
variety to the show and can make it more colorful.

There are a million ways to do this, though.  I saw an Apex DVD player
that would show JPG images as a slide show.  Although I did not see it
in action, the salesman said I could stick a DVD in it full of images
and it would show them.  I would have like to see how the show was
controlled.  I saw the exact same player in Wal-Mart for less than $80
-- I came close to bringing it home just to try it.  Not the solution
for distributing your work, though.

Your laptop has an SVideo out connection (99% sure, mine does).  I can
hook it up to the TV and watch a power point show or the standard
windows xp slideshow of the folder with the images.  Be sure you lower
your screen resolution to 800x600 or 640x480 first, otherwise the
pictures will be clipped.  (I have to go into the control panel and
enable the Svideo out each time.)  If your VCR has S-Video in, just
record directly from the laptop.  This would be the fastest and
cheapest solution -- and if your VCR supports dubbing -- you could add
music later to the background -- or your own narration.

Best of luck,

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