I am creating a slide show. Due to the sheer number of images, we would like to have the user select a category to watch, or multiple, or one selection that selects all categories. Is this possible?
Can you please give a better description of what you are trying to accomplish - I am not too sure from the original question exactly what it is you are wanting to do.
A DVD slideshow is exactly that - a sequence of stills set to an audio track (if wanted) and there are no interactive options I can think of.
What I am doing is a slide presentation for a museum. Right now I have about 1500 images. At 5 seconds each, nobody will sit through the whole thing (and due to content, 5 seconds is really too fast).
So we decided to break it into chapters, each one being a single room of the museum. What it boils down to is whether in the menu, I can have one setting that would contain ALL the chapters. That is about the simplest I can make it. Also, this museum has been the curator's life, she may want a slower version so if she was showing it to someone, she would be able to talk about each item. Perhaps PowerPoint would actually be a better option and letting viewers select whether they want to let it run automatically or manual advance.
Nothing is cast in stone at this time.
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The problem with using a powerpoint is that it must be played on a computer based setup as PPT will simply not run on a DVD player at all, of course.
You can work around this by adding those presentations into ROM content (which would work well) and a simple screen telling the user to load into a ROM drive to access this would sort that out.
I suspect you are actually trying to find a way of doing this in the DVD-V section though, but off the top of my head I cannot think of a way to do this elegantly in Encore.
The only way it would work is to create each chapter as a slideshow and trigger these from menus - but Encore has very, very little in the way of helpful functionality here - scripting would help you no end. I have to end up by saying I think there is no good way to do this using Encore.