Wondering if anyone here has any experience/opinions/feedback on PC-based slide show software, i.e. software for taking JPEG images (digitial and scanned photos) and marrying them with audio/music, captions, and then animating them (the slides) with interesting fades, transitions, Ken Burns effects, etc to make a finished product that can be burned onto a DVD. I can do all this stuff with Power Point but I want to start making slide shows of our pictures for showing on TV via DVD. I know ProShow Gold is the benchmark but lotsa reviews say it is too complex for novices because it's intended for the "pro" who wants lots and lots of capabilities. I'm looking for something "kinda" complex and sophisticated but with a very easy to use interface, like Wondershare DVD Builder or Xtreme Photo Story.
Anyone have anything to offer? Also am looking for suggestions on best buys for external DVD burners, e.g. brand and type that won't break my bank.