Software for a funerary photo/video slideshow
December 6, 2014 8:16 AM   Subscribe

What are the best Windows 7 applications for making a respectful slideshow for a funeral? I'm thinking there will be mostly pictures, but some video may be included as well. For now I'm thinking I won't be including music in the slideshow, but I'd still like to hear about software with music functionality as well.
posted by MustardTent to Technology (5 answers total)
Response by poster: Forgot to add one thing: I'd like to have this slideshow exported in a couple ways since I don't know which will be easiest once I get to the funeral home. So, I'm thinking DVD, MPEG4 file, MPEG2file , WMV file etc.

As far as cost I'd like to keep it under $50.
posted by MustardTent at 8:19 AM on December 6, 2014

I've always built these in PowerPoint. They can be exported with their own viewer, so the file can be opened on any computer regardless of its' software.
posted by summerstorm at 9:00 AM on December 6, 2014

Best answer: I've used Google Picasa for this in the past

Random tutorial

It's been a long time, but from what I recall, you can save it in a variety of formats so you should have no problem playing it back on random computers.
posted by jjb at 9:02 AM on December 6, 2014

Best answer: At the funerals that I've been to lately, the funeral home had their own computer system and I just provided a thumb drive with the pictures and movies (Mpeg4) and they put that in their system which had the video feed to the television in one of the rooms. I had also brought music, but decided to just choose a channel on their pandora-like (or maybe actually pandora) music system.

If you go this route - be sure to bring a duplicate thumb drive. At my mother's funeral the system couldn't read the first thumb drive, but the second one worked fine.
posted by nightwood at 9:21 AM on December 6, 2014

Best answer: I think your best answer is Windows Movie Maker, which would create a single WMV file that could be played with Windows Media Player.

It's very easy to have a mix of stills and videos, and to include background music.

If WMV isn't an acceptable format, it would be easy to convert it to others using Handbrake.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:32 AM on December 6, 2014

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