I want to be able to make my own DVD's from my digital photographs. I want to be able to add music and special effects, etc. I have been playing around with some of the "freebies" on the web, but think I need something more. Any suggestions?
Mac OS or Windows platform??
For mac OS, nothing beats Final Cut Pro.
For Windows, the best I have seen is Sony's Studio 9.
On the cheap side, "Camtasia" will do pretty much what you want to do if you don't plan to go fancy.
Thank you for your advice. I am running Window's XP on my laptop. I tried to download Window's Movie Maker, but then it tells me I have to do an automatic update which I have always had automatic updates scheduled to do once a week. I went ahead and did the update manually, but still no Window's Movie Maker. I even called Microsoft to find out what my problem was and for $139 dollars they will talk with me. I thanked them very nicely and told them I would figure out the problem, but I have no idea why I can't download the Movie Maker. I was able to download Photo Story 3. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ???
There are dozens of choices and its mostly personal opinion what is best. I do my own organization of photo files into folders (directories) by year and occasion and then simply burn whatever set of folders I want to a CD or DVD using either Nero Burning or the Windows burning tool if all I want to a portable set of photo files to show. For more sophisticated slideshows, e.g. with music backgrounds and special effects, I've used Cyberlink MediaShow and Arcsoft's DVD Slideshow with good results and some others I don't recall.
And as Ned say, Movie Maker is free with Windows and works well enough.