I know lots of you here are very media and software savvy so I hope some of you will be able to help me.
I know how to do elaborate PowerPoint presentations, but what I now want to do is to take all our digital photos and surprise Kathryn at Christmas with some DVD "movies" (slide shows) of our photos set to music. I can do this easily in PowerPoint but it's no fun watching it on a computer, versus a TV (a TV also allows others to watch it too). Now, I recently attended a memorial service here at Hamline for a co-worker who died unexpectedly of cancer (she was a wonderful person and her husband put together fhe show for our benefit). The show "looked" like a PowerPoint slideshow with text added to slides, various wipe and fade effects, and embedded music. But it was DVD (saw the DVD logo at the end but no software/application name).
So, here's what I want to know:
A) is there software that allows you to convert a PowerPoint slideshow to DVD format and burn it?
B) if not, is there software that I can buy that will allow me to do what I can do in PowerPoint, i.e. insert and sequence jpeg photos as "slides", insert text or graphics on some "slides," use various transition effects like wipe, fade, etc. between slides and finally, and most importantly, embed music clips to use as a soundtrack (the software should be Windows-based unless impossible...I'd have to buy a Mac to do this if it's only available Mac-based, but I'd be open to doing that).
I was just at Office Max and saw a program that might work, Corel's MediaOne Plus. For example, the description states "...Choose from hundreds of templates to quickly create great photo projects, such as slide shows and digital scrapbooks. Email, print or make DVDs of your memories to share with family and friends."
Anyway, if any of you can offer advice or help me out, I'd appreciate it. I'd love to surprise Kathryn with basically our entire 12+ years together (as a couple) with this special gift. I have lots of regular photos that I still have to scan into jpegs as well (that's gonna take forever!). But I have 4 months to get it done.
Thanks for indulging me.