Picasa is an excellent program that is easy to use for organizing, saving, editing and creating your photos. After you have downloaded and installed Picasa 3 (the newest version now is Picasa 3.9), it will import and organize all of your photos on your computer.
Besides, it is easy to create a DVD by using Picasa 3. For the coming Mother’s Day, try to create a gift DVD using your favorite photos to share with your family and friends. Your personalized DVD of your happy moments will be a gift that will be cherished forever.
Basically Picasa is a picture manager, how can we burn Picasa photos to a DVD disc to make a Mother’s Day gift photo DVD?
In the latest Picasa 3.9, a new feature is added that you directly burn Picasa photos to DVD using Picasa. Select a folder that you would like to burn to a DVD. On the tool bar select “Folder”, then select “Create a Gift CD”.
Then you can click “Add More” to add more folders of photos or movies to burn to DVD. Then name the DVD, select a name for your DVD and type it in the “CD Name” box.
Now click “Burn Disc” button. If you have not yet inserted a DVD you will be prompted to do it at this time. It will take a while to burn the DVD so give it time to process.
For older Picasa versions, you burn Picasa photos to DVD this way. First create a movie using the Picasa photos and then burn the output movie to DVD using DVD burner like Windows DVD Maker. After select the folder, click “Create Movie” button.
Click on the “Movie” tab and select either 1280X720 for 720p video or 1920X1080 for a 1080p video for high-definition output. For common quality, you can choose other resolutions like 640X480, 800X600, etc.
Then click “Create Movie” to convert Picasa photos to video format. If you want to share the output video on YouTube, you can directly click the “YouTube” button to convert and upload the output video to YouTube with one click.
Then you can burn the Picasa photo originated video to DVD disc using Windows DVD burner.
Have you noticed that neither of the above methods enables you to customize the output DVD like add animation, transition, background music and DVD menu, etc., so you should keep reading the following method to create Mother’s Day DVD slideshow with animation, transition, background music and DVD menu. The tools we will use are PowerPoint and a PowerPoint to DVD Burner. PowerPoint enables you to add text, animation, transition, background music, video clips, narration, etc., and PowerPoint to DVD Burner allows you to add DVD menus.
Open your PowerPoint (PowerPoint 2010 for example), and click “Insert” and choose “Photo Album”, this allows you to import all your photos to PowerPoint at one time.
In the pop up window, click “File/Disk” and you can import the Picasa photo folder to PowerPoint.
Next, add the text, transition, background music, video clips, narration, etc. to the photos in PowerPoint to make them alive. We don’t need to talk in detail about this part. But we need to mention how to add a song as PowerPoint background music and how to record narration in PowerPoint to tell a wonderful Mother’s Day story.
Next, run Moyea PPT to DVD Burner and finish the Mother’s Day DVD gift at last. Import the PowerPoint and choose “Create Standard DVD” so that you can play on standard DVD player. Then choose a menu style from the predefined templates or create your own DVD menu to bring the photo DVD slideshow output to next level.
After all the setting is ready, burn the PowerPoint to a blank DVD disc. Then you can insert the DVD to a DVD player and enjoy it on the TV.
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