Working with Slides in a Slideshow

Once you’ve created a slideshow, you can start adding still images to it. You can add still images one at a time or as a group, and rearrange their order. Before you begin adding slides, you should set their default duration.

Setting the Default Slide Duration

The General pane in DVD Studio Pro Preferences contains a default duration setting that determines each slide’s length when first imported. It’s a good idea to set the default slide duration before adding slides to the slideshow. While this setting applies to all slides when first imported, you can change the duration of individual slides later.

See General Preferences for more information on this setting.

You shouldn’t spend too much time fine-tuning each slide’s duration until you have added and arranged all slides, and have added any audio.

Adding Slides to a Slideshow

Slides can be added to a slideshow one at a time or as a group.

Note: Do not mix slides with 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios in a slideshow. Slideshows only directly support the 4:3 aspect ratio.

To add slides to a slideshow
  1. Select one or a group of slides in the Assets tab, the Palette, or a Finder window.

  2. Drag the file or files to the Slideshow Editor. If there are existing slides in the editor, a line appears where you position the pointer. The Slideshow Editor inserts the new slides underneath the line. By moving the pointer before releasing the mouse button, you can control where the slides are inserted.

    Figure. Slideshow Editor showing a still image being dragged to it.

If you add a group of slides, the slides are added in alphabetical order. You can easily rearrange the slide order later.

Selecting Slides in a Slideshow

As you add slides to a slideshow, you will need to be able to scroll through the list and select the slide you want to work on.

To scroll through the slideshow list
Do one of the following:
  • Drag the scroller along the right edge of the Slideshow Editor.

  • Press the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to move through the list one slide at a time.

  • Press the Option key, then the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key to jump to the first or last slide in the list.

  • Press the Page Up and Page Down keys to move through the list one page at a time.

In the last three cases, a slide is selected and it appears in the Viewer tab.

There are times when you will want to select a group of slides. For example, you might need to delete them, change their duration, or move them to a different point in the list. There are several ways to select groups of slides.

To select a group of slides
Do one of the following:
  • To select a group of nonadjacent slides, hold down the Command key while you select the slides.

  • To select a group of adjacent slides, hold down the Shift key while selecting the first and last slide in the group.

  • Hold down the Shift key while pressing the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key to select each slide you scroll through.

  • Press Command-A to select all slides. You can also press Command-Shift-A to deselect all slides.

Rearranging Slides in a Slideshow

Use the Slideshow Editor to rearrange slides in a slideshow.

To rearrange slides in a slideshow
  1. Select the slide or slides to be moved. You can move a group of nonadjacent slides together, but they will end up adjacent once they are moved.

  2. Drag the slide (or slides) to a new position. When you hold a slide over another slide in the list, a line appears where you position the pointer. The repositioned slide is inserted underneath this line when you release the mouse button.

    Figure. Slideshow Editor showing a slide being dragged to rearrange their order.

Removing Slides from a Slideshow

You can remove slides from your slideshow, either one at a time or as a group.

To remove slides from a slideshow
  1. Select the slide or slides you want to remove in the Slideshow Editor.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Delete.

    • Press the Delete key.

Note: Dragging a slide out of the list does not remove it from the slideshow.