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I'm looking for a software package that allows me to create a slideshow with music. In particular, I would like to be able to set the duration of each picture, in order to sync up with the music.

What programs could I use for this?

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At what resolution do you want to be able to be able to display the slideshow? How many slides? –  Michael Clark May 13 '13 at 23:39
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what operating system are you on? –  stephencosh May 14 '13 at 12:39

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On the cheap end, you could probably get by with something as simple as PowerPoint. On the more expensive side, a video editing package is going to do the best job. You could take your pick of just about any video editing package available. Even Windows Movie Maker would probably get the job done.

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You have 3 basic methods...

Create a movie using a video editor like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. This is quite simple to do and yields a very portable file at the expense of having the biggest size. You'll also be limited to a set of specific output resolutions but will give you the best control over timing.

Create a slideshow using PowerPoint or a similar open source alternative. This is probably the simplest and most effective method and will give you the smallest file sizes but rely on the player being able to interpret the format, it can also be comparatively resolution independent.

Create an executable using tools like Photodex ProShow or PicturesToExe. For some reason this method is exceptionally popular in amateur "AudioVisual" groups (though thankfully nowhere else). Although the idea of sending about executable files is pretty much an open invitation for viruses. I definitely don't recommend this but have included it for completeness.

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Light room has a basic package, select the number of photographs and the track and it will adjust the time each image is displayed for to suit the track length.

Not sure if it can do multiple tracks or not.

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I really like Pictures2exe. I have made a lot of slide shows with it:

http://www.wnsoft.com/picturestoexe/

Very inexpensive.

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