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Slide Show, continuous loop
May 7, 2019
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Gordon Venner
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Hi,

 

We are attending my brothers 60th wedding anniversary event in Lake Placid, NY on Memorial Day. I have created an album with 384 pictures of pictures from the last 60 years.  What would be the best way to turn that album into a slide show so that I can save it to a flash drive or perhaps some other device.  I would like to be able to start it on a TV and have it run continuous so that people could look at it when they want..   What is the best way to accomplish that task?  Forgot to mention that I created the album in Google Photos.  

 

Thanks,  Gordon Venner

May 8, 2019
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Gordon,

There are so many possible ways to combine a bunch of photos into a slideshow … and none of them are perfect. Since your photos are in a Google Photos album, let me start with the easiest thing to do:

  1. Using the Google Photos album on a computer. Open the album, then open the first photo and click the 3-dot menu and Slideshow. This will display each photo for about 4 seconds, then automatically move on to the next. It will even play videos in the album and then move on to the next. When it reaches the end, it will start over and play continuously.
  2. To show it on a TV, I would use a ChromeCast. Let me know if you need more info on that – Episode 108 of our YouTube show is all about Chromecast. Or ask more questions here. 
  3. If Chromecast is not an option, TVs can accept a ThumbDrive inserted into a USB slot and the TV can play a slide show from the photos on the drive. That depends on the TV. To get all the photos onto a drive, you would open the album in Google Photos, then click the 3-dot menu and Download All. This will create a .zip file on your computer – then you can unzip it to a thumb drive.
  4. This method will not have music.

When I want to combine photos, videos, and music, I use Google Photos movie maker – but that only works with up to 50 images, so it won’t work for you unless you want to divide your photos into groups of 50 or less. Here’s the tutorial on making movies with Google Photos.  499.GP-Google Photos Quick Movie

Another option, on a Windows computer is to use the Photos software that comes with Windows 10 to make a movie from the photos. Photos, videos, music, and transitions. I don’t see a limit on the number of photos, so maybe this would work for all of yours. Here’s a video on automatic movie creation with Windows 10.

Let me know if any of these methods sound good. There are more ..

May 9, 2019
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Thanks for your reply.  I like the Chromecast method.  I have the device and will test it at home and take the device with me.  I will also save the photos to a Zip Drive.  I will let you know how I progress.

 

Gordon

May 11, 2019
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Great! Just a heads-up, when you take your chromecast to a new location, you’ll need to know how to connect to the available Wi-Fi when you get there. To make it easier, you can disconnect from your home network before you leave:

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio.
  2. Open the Google Home app .
  3. Tap on your device Settings .
  4. In the Device settings menu, scroll down to Wi-Fi, then tap Forget Forget Network.
  5. Follow the setup steps to set up your device on a new network.
May 11, 2019
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Thanks for the heads up on the Chromecast option.  Since I am not sure what if any wi-fi exists at the rental home or the condition or type of TV available, I am covering my options. I have already downloaded the pirctures to a zip drive and the slide show works on my TV here at home.  I would also like to try the movie maker since I have windows 10 on my computer, but when I clicked on your link I didn’t get to movie maker.  Can you give me another clue on how to access the program?

 

Thanks for your help.  I am certain my brother and his wife will appreciate the pictures that capture many family events over the 60 years of their marriage. 

Gordon

May 13, 2019
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Sorry about the link, try this one

It’s just the Windows 10 Photos app, then use the menu item to make a New Video. Let me know if this works.

June 10, 2019
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The party in Lake Placid was a great success.  I was able to use my Chromecast ultra to display the slide show on the huge TV in the rental home.  Everyone was very pleased to see the pictures that spanned 60 years, but there was at least one picture of every family member that attended the anniversary.   I had some problems connecting my chromecast but after several unplugs and replugs, we got it to work. ‘

Thank you very much for your help. 

 

Gordon Venner 

June 11, 2019
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So cool! Good to hear. 

The problems you had connecting the chromecast … was it related to the WiFi?

June 19, 2019
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No, I don’t think it was related to wi-fi.  After connecting the power to the chromecast a number of times, we finally got it to work.  The worst part was, I am not really sure what caused the problem. 

 

Now I have the chromecast connected back to my home tv and it is working fine.  Thanks for your help. 

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