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Screensaver slide show using Chromecast
February 4, 2017
1:54 pm
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THOMAS J PARKS
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Really enjoyed #108.  It opened up an entire new world using Chromecast.  I used to put computer images on a TV screen using a VGA cable.  I am delighted with the quality of the pictures and other data projected from an iphone or ipad using Chromecast.

Having a problem with screensaver slideshows.  I have been right clicking, going to properties, selecting slideshows where I have a choice of Google Photos, Photo Gallery, Photos as well as ribbons, bubbles and 3D Text.  These play beautifully on my computer, but I can’t get them to the TV screen.

The screensaver slideshow I get using Chromecast has pictures I have never seen before.  On the bottom left of the screen is my Chromecast number, on the right there is the time, temperature and and description of a picture I have never seen before. There is a pin# I don;t recognize and the name of the artist or photographer.  This screensaver comes up whenever I pause sending Chromecast pictures to the TV.

How do I get the screensaver slideshow to use my pictures rather than these ones that appear that I know nothing about?

Thank you very much.

February 5, 2017
10:42 am
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You need to use the Google Home App on your smartphone.

Run the app.

Tap the 3-line menu > tap Devices > choose your Chromecast > tap Edit Backdrop 

Choose your preferences.

I have mine set to Google Photos with Custom Speed. 

Try the other choices. You can change it any time.

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February 6, 2017
7:53 am
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Your reply was a big help.  I was getting pictures from art, features, photos, newsstand etc. that had been selected.

I did go to Google Photos and started selecting albums.  Do I have to select each album individually to get it in the slideshow?  Is there any way I can select “all”?  The choices I see are “selected”  and “last updated”.

It is great to see my pictures in the screensaver.  Looking forward to getting them all in.

Thank you very much.

February 7, 2017
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Dennis Kababik
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I love watching my photos on the TV.
They recompose them and do a fantastic job.
Does anyone know how I can save the recompose and edited pictures to a folder?

It would be great to have their version of my shots.

February 9, 2017
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Not sure what you’re referring to Dennis. Chrome doesn’t edit your photos, it just displays them. They do look better on the big beautiful screen, and it may crop them them to fit the screen – although I don’t think so. I think it shrinks them to fit.

February 9, 2017
1:21 pm
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for your reply.

I love your workshops.

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I pretty much know what my pictures look like on my big screen TV because I Chromecast them from Google Photos all the time.

What I am seeing on my Chromecast “ultra” screensaver slideshow is very different.

Not only are they cropping them, but the depth of focus on some of the screenshot pictures is amazing. Something that I have never seen before. And they are probably using their “auto” color filter feature on them as well.

Maybe it’s just my imagination.

But, maybe the Chromecast “ultra” has the ability with its better processor to edit the/my pictures.

I will start taking pictures of my TV’s screen and comparing them with the original shots in my Google Photos to answer this question.

It should be fun and I will let everyone who is following this thread what I discover.

 

Is there anyone else that thinks some of their pictures are being enhanced before they are being shown on their TV?

 

Take care,

Dennis

February 18, 2017
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Hey Dennis,

I’m so glad you like our show and our workshops! Have you still watched every one of the What Does This Button Do? shows? (Jim says, “If he’s watched all of our shows then he should know better than to think we know what we’re talking about!” 🙂

As for Chromecast, I have not heard anything about it auto-enhancing – although I’m sure it’s possible. I still think that, if it does, then it is just for the purpose of displaying on the big fancy high-resolution screen and not to be saved. 

I’d try editing some of the same photos with an Auto filter, Crop to 16:9, and Pop. See if it looks the same.

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