[Solved] Slide Timing to Manual?
I've just purchased the Creator version and found a problem that I can't even set the manual time for slide.
For example, I want to set 5 seconds for the first then 4 seconds each for the next 3 slides and so on. I also put a music there.
But the software will try to override my setting to fix the slide timing to match my music. My music is 2 minutes and now my slide timing goes banana.
The first few slides will be fine to set up the time but the last slide will be like 30 seconds!
How do I turn this off, or is it reserve for the Director only? Isn't it too much to be able to adjust time?
I don't want to complain about bugs like when I sometimes click on a slide and the windows minimize by itself. At least the software runs faster than the good old ProShow.
Any helps would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
Anyone else have an issue with the slide timing changing on it's own? (My UI is set to Advanced). I trimmed the end of a musical selection. When I did that all the times for the slides above the changed music became very short .845 seconds, and very fast transitions (.12 sec). Using the auto sync is completely worthless and not a good idea - wasn't good in Proshow, isn't good in Photopia. I'm beginning to think that Photopia was rushed to market to take advantage of Proshow closing. There seems to be a lot of little issues and some REALLY BIG ones.
I'm sorry you feel that way. I'm going back to use ProShow now. Photopia is just not ready yet.
Photopia includes an additional audio syncing behavior (that ProShow did not have) and we understand some people are having trouble getting used to this new option. Audio tracks in Photopia can be 'locked' to a given set of slides, allowing those slides to remain synced to that track even after changes are made (slide / transition duration updates, audio trimming, etc.). This option is enabled by default for shows created in the Wizard and we're looking at options to mitigate the reported confusion. Your feedback here is both helpful and well taken.
It goes without saying that there are more issues in the software at this time than we'd like to see. While we're working to get those problems resolved as quickly as possible, the addition of a big new feature has slowed things down a bit. We hope to see another public update soon, new feature(s) and other changes included, then get back on track with our usual updates thereafter.
Thank you for your reply. Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to support you again. Good luck!
Yes and Yes. The audio 'sync lock' behavior can be removed by clicking on the 'lock icon' that exists in the audio waveform below the list of slides, once you're out of the Wizard. Note that there is one for the beginning of a track and one for the end. If the lock looks 'closed' then that end of the track is locked to the slide under which it exists. If the lock looks 'open' then the 'sync lock' is not enabled at that end of the audio track.
Audio tracks can be dropped into any show. Once you've got those new tracks added, use the audio syncing options from the "Tools" menu to get things synced back up. These sync options will not result in a 'sync lock', which I believe may also be removed from the Wizard creation process in future builds as we look at ways to make that feature more intuitive.
Automatic syncing is worthless in a slide show. Or at least it should not be the default mode. I did not use the wizard, yet after timing my show , I needed to trim the end of a musical selection to fade into a video. When I faded the music (trimming the end by about 4 seconds and adding a fade out) all the times for every slide under the music changed. This should not happen. I said to heck with this, and went back to Proshow where things happen for a reason. However, this morning I decided to give Photopia another chance. I opened all the locks on all the musical selections that I could find. Locks are very hard to see - being lost in the scroll bar, and when you think you click on the lock the entire show jumps because you clicked on the scroll bar instead. Some of the selections did not have a lock symbol at one end or the other. I then attempted to change the timing of all the slides to something realistic (as a starting point). After selecting about 60 some odd slides I changed (or tried to change) the times to 15 seconds from the 7.57 seconds to which they were automatically changed. I was not able to change the times. I moused over the little clock in the lower right corner - "Timing mode set to automatic, click to change". Great!! I clicked and set the pop-up to Manual. I then attempted to change the time to my 15 seconds. When I typed the "1", all slide times changed to 0.515 and all transition times changed to 10.304. Also the little clock now says "Timing mode set to automatic, click to change". So not only did Photopia screw with my slide and transitions times, but it decided that I wasn't really capable to set my own slide times and switched itself back to some form of automatic timing. If all this has to happen, then you need a selection (option) which says "UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE USE AUTOMATIC TIMING" and this should be the DEFAULT. I had spent almost a week getting mu show to this point - proper times, captions etc. only to have my entire show destroyed. I generally have few problems picking up a new program, and didn't expect to have problems with Photopia - considering my many years with Proshow. However, alas, such i snot the case. I guess I was stupid to start a somewhat time sensitive project with new (to me and the world) software.
I agree that the music handling in Photopia is a nightmare. A brief, personal video woth wizard that should take less than 1/2 hour took me an hour and a half to accomplish. I got it done, but to be honest, I am not sure I know what I did that made it work... or that I can reproduce it.
OK. I just downloaded and installed build 422. This is much better, however still has music sync related issues. All my music tracks are unlocked. I set the slide timing based on the content, so I can't use any auto timing of any sort. however it seems that Photopia doesn't believe me when I say I want to do my own timing. The only way I found that I could accomplish this is to set the slide time, then click on the slide clock and select "Lock timing to prevent change". This has to be done for every slide in the show - in my case with this show, that is 3 mouse clicks for every slide. This show will end up with about 100 slides - an extra 300 mouse clicks, plus 6 extra mouse clicks for each slide where I have to tweak the slide time in the final timing session. This is ridiculous.
Thank you for fixing the little green use counters in the used photos in the browser.