Where to start with VCD of still images using Mac?

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I've trawled the archives but am still at a loss for some definitive answers as to what I need and how to do it...

idiscwriter, M.Pack, iMovie, Toast Titanium, Quicktime???? which ones?

I have a whole load of digital pictures taken with my Olympus digital camera and I would like to arrange these onto a VideoCD for playback as a slideshow/digital photoalbum on my DVD player (yes it supports VCD). I have a dual processor G4 running OS 9.04 with Toast 4.1 for CD burning. I also have an 8mm Sony TRV video camera which I can hook up to my other 'AV' Mac 9500. I would like to add video with sound and title screens to my VCD if possible, but the still images are the most important! Can anyone offer me advice or suggestions on how to go about this?

How do I compile the stills? Can I use menus; titlescreens; next / previous buttons? How do I get these onto a CD that will then play on my DVD player?

As mentioned above, I've seen a number of posts but none really give a definitive answer.

many thanx


-- Dean Heighington (deano@yesits.freeserve.co.uk), May 30, 2001


If none is giving a definitive answer it may simply be because Mac users in this forum are in the distinct minority. I myself know exactly what it is you are after but everything I can tell has to do with making it on a PC which brings us all to square one. I am aware that, multimedia-wise, Macs outclass PCs and all that and it's just sad that we all here are not usings Macs for this VCD hobby of ours when we should all be.

-- Mehmet Tekdemir (turk690@yahoo.com), May 31, 2001.

I agree, Mac users are a little thin on the ground here :( I see all you windowers happily discussing the topic and plenty of advice flying around, but alas, us poor macheads are left out in the cold, while knowing that it is possible but where to get the info? Perhaps I should consider the PC emualtion approach for my mac using Virtual PC and then I suppose I would be inundated with advice :)

I'll keep searching for a while before taking this step.



-- Dean Heighington (deano@yesits.freeserve.co.uk), May 31, 2001.

Try Query VideoCD Maker Personal 2.0 for Macintosh. It will aparently allow you to do all this. I just got it and it appears to have the appropriate functions. I haven't figured it out it though.

-- mike (climbing_rocks@hotmail.com), August 01, 2001.

Who uses Query VideoCD Maker Personal 2.0 for Macintosh and uses the selection-function? It crashes on my G4, when I try to make a image of it. HELP!

-- sander v/d knaap (vdknaap@wanadoo.nl), August 19, 2001.

Well, I know that it's been a while since this question was asked but I figured I'd send an answer anyway.

First you need to get the newest version of Toast. I think they're up to 5.11 or something. Only version 5 has VCD burning abilities.

Next, there are several programs out there for turning a set of JPG's into a quicktime movie. The three I've tried so far are MooVer, Quickmovie and MovieWorks. MovieWorks is the fanciest of the three, it allows you to add music and text to your slideshows. All of these programs are shareware or have a demo version available at either download.com or macupdate.com.

Once the slideshow is saved as a Quicktime movie, Toast 5 will convert it and burn it to a VCD.

Good luck!

-- Aaron Chumbley (aaronc@pacifier.com), January 31, 2002.

When the program is run onder MacOS X (Classic) _AND_ you save your work BEFORE you save the image the program compiles the CD-IMAGE FIle without Error (Pismo G3 powerbook, MacOS 10.1.2, Classic (MacOS 9.2.1), VideoCD Maker 2.0.1E (English)).

Not saving your work before compiling the image results in a "crash" or "hang". And... under MacOS 9.2 (native) it hangs very often, under MacOS x seldom.

But my issue: what format is used by VideoCD Maker. Roxio Toast does not regognize those images and now I can make those images I'd like to burn them, somebody any clue?

-- Lukas Pruski (spam4pruski@xs4all.nl), February 19, 2002.

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