1. Organizing your photos
  2. Adding overlayed text or making fancy title slides
  3. Previewing
  4. Including the audio from an inserted video

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Organizing your photos

The simplest way to get a slideshow project going is to take these simple 3 steps BEFORE starting up Slides 2 Video:
  1. Create a new directory (folder). 
  2. Collect all the photos you intend to use in this folder by moving, copying, or just linking them there.
  3. Rename your photos by prefixing them with two-digit numbers in the order you want them to appear in the video. For example, if you want MomSmiling.jpg to be your first slide, just rename it 01-MomSmiling.jpg. And if you want P12083432.jpg to be twelfth, just rename it 12-P12083432.jpg. If you have over 100 slides in your video, you'll have to use a 3-digit numbering system (01-MomSmiling.jpg and 12-P12083432.jpg and 142-TheRiver.png). Of course the dash is optional. You may prefer to rename your photos without it, as shown below.
When you are finished, you should have something that looks a bit like this:

file browser demo

Then when you start up Slides 2 Video, you can simply open this directory and the slides will all be loaded in order!

Adding overlayed text or making fancy title slides

There is no facility for directly adding overlayed text or fancy title slides. Download and install the GIMP (from or from your Linux distribution's package manager)! Use the GIMP to add as fancy an overlay or title slide as you want. For example,

GIMP titling

Then insert it into a Slides 2 Video program. As shown here, the title will fade in and then fade out of the picture. Look very closely at the second copy of the picture of the fairies and you will see the title!

An overlay


Creating a video takes FAR TOO LONG to do it every time you make some changes to a slideshow program. However, if you want to see how a particular portion of your video is coming along, it's not so bad! Just add the "Start Video Here" action to the first slide you want to see in your preview. Then add the "End Video Here" action to the slide following the last slide you want to appear in your preview. Then when you click the Create Video button, only the part of the show from "Start" to "End" will be created. Here, a video containing only slides 55-57 will be used when Create Video is clicked. So these slides can be previewed without having to create the first 54 slides!


Including the audio from an inserted video

When you have included a video in a slideshow project, the visual component is automatically added, but the sound is not. If you want the audio too, you need to extract it, and then add it to your soundtrack using a sound editor like Audacity (which can be downloaded from or installed from a package in your Linux distribution). Follow these steps:
  1. Insert your video into Slides 2 Video.
  2. Extract the audio by selecting the Extract Audio option.
  3. Use audacity to add the extracted audio to your soundtrack.
  4. Be sure to add the soundtrack to your slideshow project.
Extracting audio from an inserted video in Slides 2 Video:

Extracting Audio

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