You can create an Automation Script to run a multi-slide presentation composed of Text Screens and/or Images which will move from one slide to the next (similar to a Power Point presentation). Slides can have cross-fade transitions. The slide presentation can be accompanied with a music track if desired. The slide show can be run automatically, transitioning between slides at a set rate of time, or run manually by mouse click, keyboard shortcuts or using a handheld remote control device.
Drag/drop all the image and/or text files that you will use into the Media List Editor. Order doesn't matter. You can reorder the slides in the Automator when you create the automation Script for the slide show. If you set a name via Edit Media List > Name, it will be used as the filename when you save the list.
The Load Template tells the program where to render the slides (which display device). It also provides some performance efficencies and is required when using cross-fade. It also enhances edit productivity in case you decide to move the slideshow to another display since you can simply pick a new Load Template rather than editing every media item to pick a new target display. This Load Template can be reused for other Media Lists as well. Follow these steps to create a template that displays the slides in full screen mode.
In the Automator, create a New Script then click Edit Script to open it in the Script Editor (Figure 1).
If you want to run the slideshow with no manual intervention (slides transition on a timed basis), follow these steps. An example of this usage scenario is an in-store sales display that loops continously.
If you want to run the slideshow manually (clicking a button to move to the Next or Previous slide), follow these steps.
Cross-Fade will make one slide fade-out as the next slide fades-in.
When manually operating the Automator via keyboard shortcuts or a remote controller device, you need the Automator to remain the focused window so that it sees the keyboard or remote signals.
If you are using any Text Screen Media Items, you will likely want to create a Text Screen Theme so that all the Text Screens have a common look. Image based Media Items and Text Screen Media Items work essentially the same way when played so you can mix them into the slide show anywhere.
These Behavior setting will work for both run scenarios -- running automatically or manually.
You can now simply run the Script to display the slide show and test its behavior.
Add an audio Media Item of music (ie. MP3, WMA, etc). If you are using a Load Template to display the slide show, you don't want the music to play in the Load Template because it will interfere with the slide show sequence. So check Exclude from Load Templates in the Screen Load Behavior settings for this Media Item.
Multi-Screen mode must be Active in the Behavior menu. This allows for the Music to play in a separate screen from the Load Template screen.
Now you can simply start the slide show script running. And in the Media List Editor, manually click the Play button to play the music. Or you can use the Adhoc Audio feature to play the audio.
This requires two extra Scripts.
Now you can just run the "Master Slide Show" script to start both the music and slides simultaneously.