6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 9, 2013 1:35 PM by Eric Root
Mapleblack Level 1 (0 points)

What is the maximum number of pics allowed in a slideshow for desktop please does anyone know?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,273 points)

    What app are you using to create theslide show?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,760 points)

    In iDVD only 99. Otherwise no limit.


    There are many ways to produce slide shows using iPhoto, iMovie or iDVD and some limit the number of photos you can use (iDVD has a 99 chapter (slide) limitation).


    If what you want is what I want, namely to be able to use high resolution photos (even 300 dpi tiff files), to pan and zoom individual photos, use a variety of transitions, to add and edit music or commentary, place text exactly where you want it, and to end up with a DVD that looks good on both your Mac and a TV - in other words end up with and end result that does not look like an old fashioned slide show from a projector - you may be interested in how I do it. You don't have to do it my way, but the following may be food for thought!


    Firstly you need proper software to assemble the photos, decide on the duration of each, the transitions you want to use, and how to pan and zoom individual photos where required, and add proper titles. For this I use Photo to Movie. You can read about what it can do on their website:




    (Other users here use the alternative FotoMagico:  http://www.boinx.com/fotomagico/homevspro/ which you may prefer - I have no experience with it.)


    Neither of these are freeware, but are worth the investment if you are going to do a lot of slide shows. Read about them in detail, then decide which one you feel is best suited to your needs.


    Once you have timed and arranged and manipulated the photos to your liking in Photo to Movie, it exports the file to iMovie  as a DV stream. You can add music in Photo to Movie, but I prefer doing this in iMovie where it is easier to edit. You can now further edit the slide show in iMovie just as you would a movie, including adding other video clips, then send it to iDVD 7, or Toast,  for burning.


    You will be pleasantly surprised at how professional the results can be!


    To simply create a slide show in iDVD 7 onwards from images in iPhoto or stored in other places on your hard disk or a connected server, look here:



  • Mapleblack Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't know! I am using the one on Mac, just a folder I made. I am not very used to Mac yet and it is so confusing sorry I don't understand most of it.

  • Mapleblack Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much, I will try these things you mentioned. It seems I can use as many as I need to because there are 746 on there now. Basically it is the pics on the computer, until I find out how to select some for a slide show. I see you can add music, that is awesome. I need some lessons on Mac really but the day I bought it I had an accident and that was 5 years ago, so I have not learnt much as in hospital. I am home now but the computer 5 years old, my software I bought they won't let me use as out of date like Parralles so I could have used Windows as well, but they won't or give me the £99 back. I should be able to get a refund, anyway, thank you for helping on this. I do like the photos and the slide show.

    Don't ask me about iphoto I haven't got that far, sounds a doomed case! Many thanks.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)

    What kind of slideshow are you wanting to make?  Do you want to play it on your Mac screen? Or do you want to make a slideshow to be burned to a video DVD like Klaus1 described? 


    We need to know what you want to accomplish before we can give you any definitive suggestions without guessing.


    Are these photos in your iPhoto Library?  Do you have the iDVD application on your Mac?