File Formats for Slideshows

Slideshows can use a wide variety of still and audio formats. The following sections, Still Images in SD Projects, Still Images in HD Projects, and Audio Files, provide details on these formats.

Still Images in SD Projects

DVD Studio Pro lets you use most common image formats in slideshows. You can also use a mix of formats within a slideshow. See Slideshow File Formats for a list of supported formats.

Once a still is imported into DVD Studio Pro, it is scaled, if necessary, to fit the slideshow’s resolution. If any of the still images do not fit the 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio you’ve chosen for the slideshow, a background color fills the gaps. You can set the background color in the General pane in DVD Studio Pro Preferences. See General Preferences for more information.

Important: Use care not to mix 4:3 and 16:9 stills in a slideshow.

For more information about still image sources, see Preparing Slideshow Assets.

Still Images in HD Projects

Creating slideshows for HD projects is not much different from creating slideshows for SD projects. The most common issue is understanding how the HD slideshows handle stills with respect to their resolutions.

A Resolution setting in the General pane of DVD Studio Pro Preferences defines the default resolution of all new slideshows (and tracks and menus) you create. However, the actual resolution of a slideshow is usually defined by the first still you assign to it.

For example, if your default resolution as defined by the preferences setting is 1280 x 720p and you create a new slideshow, its resolution is 1280 x 720p. If the first still you add has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the slideshow’s resolution automatically changes to match it.

If the first still’s resolution is something that is non-standard, for example, a still that is 800 x 600, the slideshow’s resolution changes to the highest resolution that is smaller than the non-standard size (in this example, full D1, which is 720 x 480 for NTSC or 720 x 576 for PAL), and the image is scaled to fit. If you set a menu’s background to something that is smaller than full D1, it is scaled up to the full D1 size.

After you have added one or more stills, you can choose a resolution in the General tab of the Slideshow Inspector to force the stills to be scaled to a specific resolution.

Note: As with SD slideshows, when a still does not match the 4:3 or 16:9 display mode, the empty areas are filled with the slideshow background color, as defined in the General pane of DVD Studio Pro Preferences.

Audio Files

Slideshows can have one or more audio files for the overall slideshow, or a separate file for each still. While you can import files in a wide variety of audio formats for use with slideshows, all audio files within a slideshow must have the same format, resolution, and bit rate. See Preparing Audio Assets for more information about audio files.