Trying to create my own photo_cd

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harlequin
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What software is anyone here using to create photo_cd's ?

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Adaptec EasyCD, it came free with my CD-RW drive. Works flwalessly and is easy to drive (like the name says).

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quote:Originally posted by Alan Roberts at work:
Adaptec EasyCD, it came free with my CD-RW drive. Works flwalessly and is easy to drive (like the name says).

Thanks alan , have a copy at home that i've never installed ...... nero managed to create a disc that works on a pc but not a true photocd player .... have you tried the photocd in a true photocd player ?

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No, I haven't access to one. I've done a few discs and distributed copies, so far no-one's said they couldn't read from them (in PCs). But all I've done is copy JPEG or TIF files to the disc, no special Photocd palarva, using EasyCD and not asking it any hard questions.

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RichardJ
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AFAIK there is no way to create a true PhotoCD. Kodak own the software and licensing rights to the format, and have only ever sold it for big bucks. If you check the Kodak Web site it appears that you can buy a package to write PhotoCDs, but it only works with one particular make of CD writer which is now obsolete and unobtainable!

I think in part they have tried to protect the quality of the format, because a true PhotoCD contains each image at 4 resolutions. The highest is extremely detailed, and can only really be obtained from scanning a slide or neg. on a precision scanner. If you were to create a PhotoCD from your own images the quality would be much lower, which Kodak rightly or wrongly don't seem to like the idea of.

You could be better off making a VCD album which can be played on many DVD players.

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harlequin
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I would too , but , i need to run the cd in a photo cd player , just cannot get the format 100% right.

I have a photo cd player , i don't have a standalone dvd player , mine is in my pc , which i am loathed to move around if i don't need to.

We have about ten photo cd's which only have low resolution images on them ( 800x600 ) and they are branded as photo cd's.

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Charles
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Hi
This is a package i used to make photo cd's no problems playing on any cd-rom,but not tried on anything else, there is a trial download it allows you to create a actual album,work on a photo without additional software,the download you want is cd-maker www.flipalbum.com
Regards
Charles

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John Farrar
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Try this software. Its great for creating slideshows etc. You can add music, transitions etc.
http://graphicssoft.about.com/compute/graphicssoft/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.downloadit.gr/%7Ev%5Fshevine/sstg/sstg.htm

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Thanks for the help , everybody , have now given up in disgust with kodak's photo cd as a medium for education.

Richard is right , Kodak won't allow you to create photo cd's without spending thousands on their equipment.

In the end i created a mpeg2 data file which works better than a photo cd slideshow as far as speed of transitions goes , and has the same resolution when shown on a tv anyway :)

Once again thanks to all.

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I had a Photo CD done of a lot of my carefully shot 35mm advertising slides Gary. I was very dissapointed to discover that the same tiny bit of lint appeared sharply digitised on very many (maybe 9) of the slides. The lint/hair moved slightly between exposures and could not have been in my 35mm SLR gate as it wasn't on the returned slides, only on the Photo CD. That rather put me off paying the high price of admission.

tom.

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quote:Originally posted by tom hardwick:
I had a Photo CD done of a lot of my carefully shot 35mm advertising slides Gary. I was very dissapointed to discover that the same tiny bit of lint appeared sharply digitised on very many (maybe 9) of the slides. The lint/hair moved slightly between exposures and could not have been in my 35mm SLR gate as it wasn't on the returned slides, only on the Photo CD. That rather put me off paying the high price of admission.

tom.

i've sent a slightly longer answer by email , but missed out the following .

if i had a disc returned like that i would return it to kodak and ask for a new disc done properly , you are paying for their name and their quality control .... their inference from the closed platform they created

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kosh
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Photo CD....

Don't Bother.

Get a Nikon LS30 and save ur self time, money, better quality and then burn it any way u like!
(slap them in a Macromedia Director file and make them self running on PC or MAC! for a slideshow portfollio)