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Photos on a TV won't look as good as on the computer. The TV is MUCH lower resolution.
Start with the smallest size pictures that you can still pan and zoom. In other words you probably don't need a 4,000x3,000 pixel image unless you are planning on doing a long zoom out or something. Especially for a DVD sized project(non-HD) This will make it easier in PP to do your moves without slowing the system down too much. Yes, scale them in PS first.
If you want a 16x9 DVD then use a 16x9 project. Also, be sure that you use a progressive project(no interlacing) as this will look "cleaner" in the end result.
My personal choice would be to do this in AE, but it really depends on how big of project you are doing, how many photos, etc.
Hope that helps!
Stay away from jpgs.
I am doing about 100 pictures or so and I plan to make several of these. If I add video in with the pictures should I still use progressive? And where do I find that setting?
I do not have AE, wish I did. Does it really make a difference?
As for not using jpegs the pictues come off the camera as jpegs, should I convert them to something else and if so what?
And thanks for the info about photos not looking as good on the tv - I did not know that. But still I want to do everything I can to get them looking great.
kind regards Martina
"As for not using jpegs the pictues come off the camera as jpegs, should I convert them to something else and if so what?"
Premiere has never handled jpgs very well. They always look a bit blurry or choppy. Use either tif or bmp.
Premiere is not the best thing for slide shows. try memories on TV (MOTV) for slide shows. The pans and zooms are much better than anything you can do in premiere. JPEGs work great, you can export to DVD, and the Pro version has many other things you can do with the pictures also. http://www.codejam.com/ I do use premire with MOTV, but only for the audio. I inport three or four songs and then export all 3 or 4 as one audio track. I them import that into MOTV. Try it, you will never use Premire again.
I do not have CS4, so it might have improved over my PrP2. Still, I do most of my Slideshows in PrP2. I do not use random pans/zooms, so I have a script beforehand for each image. I resize in Photoshop first. I found that PS's re-sizing algorithms were better than those in PrP2. I size exactly as is needed for each image.
If I shoot the images, I have the 16-bit RAW image to deal with, and Export the finals as .PSD's from PS, sized exactly as is necessary. These Import perfectly into PrP. If you have JPG's as original, you can try either .PSD's, or .TIFF's, especially if you are re-sizing. However, depending on the JPEG settings, the "damage" might have already been done. Because I am first an advertising still photographer, I always start with the ultimate images. If clients are handing off the material, you have far less control.
There is also a discussion ongoing in the PrP2 forum: See This Article
There are some suggestions in it, that *might* benefit you.