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I recently bought SlideShow Expressions to do a slideshow with music for my father's memorial. The first, third, and fourth songs will play, but not the second. Any suggestions on how to fix this because I have spent 48 hours on this thing and it is very frustrating.

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I haven't encountered this problem myself, but maybe I can offer some assistance. Make sure that your computer meets all the requirements for the software (given on the box). According to the User's Guide (section 3-3), the following music formats are supported: mp3, wma, wav, ra. I recommend contacting Individual Software's technical support people. You have to register your product to be able to get help, but it is free and could be worth it: individualsoftware.com. From: 11407336.

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Would like to trim music to fit slides and add naration


Hello, Wren

SlideShow Expressions is a very basic programme: simplicity is the key. It is designed to give instant results. Therefore, the things you can do with the photo's, music, etc. are very limited. No frills, no complicated editing. For example: no fading in or out of music; no cutting a music track down to a certain length, etc. Also, the programme doesn't allow you to have a different time setting for every photo. Whatever duration time you select (say 9 seconds), it goes for each photo.
As a result you would typically go about adding your music tracks as follows:
After you have added all the photo's that would make up the whole slideshow, make a rough estimate of how long each photo should be displayed on the screen. Type this number in the open slot (for seconds). You can now get an idea of how long the entire slideshow will be: the duration will be showed at the bottom. Now, choose tracks that, together, will just about (more or less) account for the whole length of the slideshow. When you've added them one by one, click on the option to fit the slideshow to the soundtrack. Obviously this could change the amount of seconds that each photo will be displayed. That's about it. Play around with tracks of different lenghts and see what the time duration would be if you were to fit the slideshow to this altered track length.
Be careful about the music you use. This programme (as would many others) may develop problems when using downloaded music, because this music is usually protected in some way (for example, tracks downloeded from iTunes are known to cause problems: they may not play or sound bad).
Also, it is always good to read the User Guide. If you have a legitimate copy of the programme, the User Guide will be included on the install disc in pdf format. You can look for it by exploring the install disc or by simply clicking on the relevant link after you've inserted the install disc.

I hope this was helpful. Best of luck to you. From: 11407336.

Oct 01, 2011 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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I cannon figure out how to add music from my computer to the slide show....please help me....I have 5 songs on my desktop and I cannot seem to figure out how to get them to slideshow...


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There could be a number of reasons why you're having trouble adding music files to your slide shows. First I'll lay out the procedure and afterwards I'll give some hints / a link to individualsoftware.com where problems with audio files are discussed.

The procedure (adding music files using SlideShow Expressions):
The programme opens and you are automatically in tab 1: "Add Media".
Click on "Create New Slide Show". Click on "Add Photos"; tell the programme where the photos are, select them, insert them, change their positions if necessary.
Now:
1. Click on "Next" at the bottom of the screen.
2. At "Soundtrack", click "Select Audio Files", then tell the programme where the music files are located on your computer, click to highlight a specific music file, click on "Open". The music file you selected now appears in the Soundtrack window. Repeat this until all the music files you want appear in the Soundtrack window. (You can delete any of them by clicking to highlight any specific file and then click on the little rubbish can icon.) As you go along, the total audio time for the slide show / chapter is displayed as well as the "Duration of Slide Show".
3. In the "Duration" section, you have the option to set the length of time you want per slide (seconds) - usually 8 to 10 seconds is best. (All your slides will follow this instruction; you can't set the duration of individual slides to a different time.) At "Auto-Fit to Soundtrack", you alter the duration of the slides to fit the length of the soundtrack. (This cancels out the previous seconds-per slide setting.) You must therefore choose music tracks that, when added together, will approximately span the whole length of the slide show and then you can fine-tune this by clicking the "Auto-Fit to Soundtrack" option.
4. When you are satisfied with your choice of music tracks and the length of your slide show, click on "Finish".

Issues with music files when using SlideShow Expressions
A.
According to the User Guide (section 3-3) - included on the install disc as a pdf file - the supported audio formats are: mp3, wma, wav, ra. Make sure that your computer also meets all of the requirements (on the box).
B.

Photo & Video Expressions is not compatible with audio files that have been protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) functionality. Most audio files purchased online through Internet music retailers like iTunes, Urge, or Rhapsody are encrypted with some form of DRM. Similarly, audio files that have been extracted from a CD or DVD (the process known as "ripping") using certain media applications (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.) often have default settings that encrypt the files extracted.

There is no way to used DRM audio files purchased from online music retailers with Photo & Video Expressions. However, if you want to used music and audio files that you have extracted from your CD collection, then all you have to do is change the ripping setting in your media application before you extract the files to your computer.
Go to the following site to read about how to change your ripping settings:

http://www.individualsoftware.com/support/frequently_asked_questions.html

Type your question OR (below):

"Photo & Video Creativity": choose "SlideShow Expressions" from drop-down menu, click "Go".

A window appears with options on problems, e.g. "Why aren't my audio files showing?"; "Why won't my music files work?" Click to read.
The best of luck to you. From: 11407336.
PS. Try individualsoftware.com

May 30, 2011 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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I am working with Arc software slideshow expressions. I am attempting to put an MP3 song into the slideshow. It allows me to put in the audio file, but, on playback, it is won't play the song, it just...


To: hspector10
From: 11407336

Yes, it seems that SlideShow Expressions specifically has problems with some downloaded music files. You can read about it, and try to find a solution, at Individual Software's website (also try their free online technical support):

http://www.individualsoftware.com/support/frequently_asked_questions.html

Apr 13, 2011 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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I have SlideShow expression but too dumb to figure out how to add music to my slideshow for cd's


You need to use the windows movie maker available in your computer and use your slideshow when making and add the music in it.

Feb 24, 2011 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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Why cant I add music.....all suuported audio music files....the program is not recognizing any of my music files as "supported files." ?????


Best george litt

I found the following information on Individual Software's website. Apparently, music downloaded from the Internet, or bought online, for example using iTunes, may cause problems with SlideShow Expressions. I include a link for more reading; go to 'frequently asked questions': http://support.individualsoftware.com.

Here is some of the info:

Why won't my music files work in Photo & Video Expressions? [SlideShow too, I guess]

Photo & Video Expressions is not compatible with audio files that have been protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) functionality. Most audio files purchased online through Internet music retailers like iTunes, Urge, or Rhapsody are encrypted with some form of DRM. Similarly, audio files that have been extracted from a CD or DVD (the process known as "ripping") using certain media applications (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.) often have default settings that encrypt the files extracted.

There is no way to use DRM audio files purchased from online music retailers with Photo & Video Expressions. However, if you want to use music and audio files that you have extracted from your CD collection, then all you have to do is change the ripping setting in your media application before you extract the files to your computer.


Suggestions are given on how to change ripping settings in iTunes and Windows Media Player.


However, it is always good to contact the technical support team at individualsoftware.com. You first have to register your product with them in order to get help, but this online assistance is free and worthwhile trying out.


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Jan 19, 2011 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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I get failure to print on Slideshow Expressions show I have created for a funeral.


Do you mean you're not able to burn the show that you've created to disc?
If that's the case, try this. Firstly, make sure you are using the correct disc, eg. DVD+R. Secondly, make sure that you have selected the writer drive and not the hard drive: After clicking on "Produce" and then "Burn to disc", a window appears with settings for you to choose from. At the place where it says "Write to", choose your writer drive - if it says "Hard Drive", your show will not be burned to disc. Thirdly, you should know that SlideShow Expressions seems to experience some problems related to photo size and project length. I've had this problem myself. I've been able to burn slideshow projects with between 300 and 390 photos in them, using the original size photos (as large as 1MB to over 2MB). However, when I tried to burn a project containing 466 photos (10 chapters), my writer wouldn't work. The problem was solved by reducing the size of my largest photos. I experimented with size, and eventually had all the photos in this project resized to under 500 KB each. It worked: I was able to burn to disc. The project had music and text and it looked great. Resizing doesn't necessarily mean that the quality of the photos in your project will drop. I used Microsoft Office Picture Manager to resize my photos and there is no visual difference between the originals and the photos in the project. Just remember to keep copies of the originals so you don't lose them. I then burned a Data CD with the original photos on them and added it to the project as an extra. Fourthly, I learned from Individual Software's technical support team (online) that when you use large photos and combine it with the option to archive your photos and music on the disc, the writer drive can fail to burn. Also: make sure that your computer meet all the requirements of the software - given on the product's box. I wish you all the best. 11407336

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Make sure that your computer meets all the necessary requirement given on the product's box. According to the User Guide (section 3-3), the following music formats are supported: mp3, wma, wav, ra. Maybe you could contact Individual Software's technical support team at individualsoftware.com. You have to register your product to get help, but it is free and maybe worth it. They helped me with my problem. From: 11407336.

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