Creating a DVD slide show – Step 1 (mass convert image format)
May 16, 2007
For an upcoming family event my wife scanned several hundred photos with the intent of creating a DVD slideshow to show at a gathering. Since I haven’t figured out the scanner problem yet she scanned everything on Windows. Since that is done I’m now taking over on Ubuntu.
I’m tracking the process as I do it. Perhaps some folks will have suggestions.
I did a little research and discovered dvd-slideshow. Unless I hear a better suggestion I intend to use this to create the slideshow. Apt-get had no trouble installing dvd-slideshow which is one reason I’m confident this will work. The first snag is that all of the pictures are in bmp format which is not on the list of supported formats.
I’ve made a copy of all the images (since I don’t want to mess with the originals – this took her many hours) and now need to convert them from bmp to png. I looked around for a while on Google searching for variants of “mass image file conversion”. Eventually I started honing in on The GIMP (already installed) but it’s manual did not include any info on mass conversion.
Finally I opened upgThumb Image Viewer and low-and-behold it already handles mass conversion and it supports bmp to png.
I’m going to spend a little time researching the dvd-slideshow script format to figure out if I want to write a shell or ruby script to create the input script or if I want to use one of the existing solutions. My inner-geek already knows the answer. 🙂