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  1. "... I cannot create output other than an EXE with this version..." Actually you can. One of the standard options is to create an AVI (video) file. Depending on what other software you have on your PC there are all kinds of things that you can then do with that AVI video, including putting it on a web site, converting it to flash, burning it to DVD etc. Ray
  2. I've only tested this (but exhaustively) with 5.6.4 and 6.0, so maybe 6.5 will fix this. When creating AVI Video Output at 1920x1080 with the PTE codec I have noticed consistently that a setting of 29.97 fps (NTSC - I haven't yet tested 25fps, PAL) is always rendered interlaced even if I leave the "interlaced" box unchecked. The same PTE project rendered at 23.976 fps (FILM) (and without exiting PTE in between) is always rendered progressive when I leave the "interlaced" box unchecked. This is not a problem for me because 1920x1080x24p is exactly what I want anyway to burn to Blu-ray disc. To
  3. The main announcement for this is in the "Slideshows created in PicturesToExe" forum, but I'm announcing it here also as some don't go to that forum. I have produced a feature-length documentary using PTE. I believe this is a significant milestone for PTE. Ray
  4. Many of you already know that I've been using PTE for quite some time now to create a feature-length documentary, Peoples of the World: Southeast Asia. I'm pleased to announce that it has been released. Further details and a link to the preview are available on our web site. I believe this is an important milestone for PTE, being probably the first feature-length film made using it - certainly the first one to be made generally available. I also hope my friends on this forum will support the important cause for which it was made - the education of indigenous people. Ray
  5. It is possible but it is very, very expensive. Unless you are producing many (like hundreds of thousands) copies of the same DVD the cost is not worth it. To do it you would need software that can insert the copy protection information (e.g. http://www.rovicorp.com/products/content_producers/11239.htm) into the mpeg files a way that a DVD pressing company can produce the final product. Ray
  6. "Read the Dom's answer again, he has it." I'm doing something that I think is similar and I'm using the approach of keeping the transparent pixels so all the .png files are the same size as the master .jpg file. I can post this if you like. Ray
  7. The reason I wanted a 30fps version is because that is the refresh rate of my monitor (and for those in PAL countries their monitor refresh rate is 25fps). Playing a 24fps video on a monitor that doesn't refresh at 24fps (there are a few of these monitors but they're very expensive) can't really be compared with playing a PTE .exe because the PTE playback engine will automatically refresh at the monitor's refresh rate. Personally when I play the 30fps mp4 file I don't see that much inferior quality than when I play the .exe file. And to really compare apples with apples any mp4 at 1920x1080 sh
  8. Maybe I should clarify what I meant - which can't be done today. 1) You can make a click on an object go to slide x, but it will always go to the beginning of that slide. Let's say I had 3 keypoints in that slide - x, y and z. I'd like to be able to program the click on the object to go straight to whichever of those keypoints I choose. 2) You can make a click on an object go to a random slide. What I'd like is, if the slide has 3 keypoints - x, y and z, to be able to say once you get to the random slide go, randomly, to one of its keypoints (in this case x, y or z).
  9. Lin, I meant as an mp4 - which is what you posted (at least the 30fps version. That's the only one I've downloaded since I'm in the US). Strange thing, though, the 30fps version (which is actually NTSC, 29.97fps; in PTE as in many programs 30fps actually means 29.97 fps) is about 2.5 times the file size of the 24fps. Did you use a much higher bitrate for the 30fps version? I'll post here soon as to my reason for my request. Thanks! Ray
  10. Lin, Can you upload versions of the mp4 at NTSC and PAL framerates?
  11. Carol, I'd be very interested to know at what bitrates you render when you produce (a) standard DVD; ( AVCHD on DVD and © BD. Thanks, Ray
  12. Ron, I suppose everything is relative. Certainly my view of AVCHD on DVDs is that it is much better than standard DVD video when played back on a HDTV using the right equipment. But compared to what can be achieved with a higher bitrate than DVD discs can deliver there is no comparison. The technology of AVCHD on DVDs has not moved forward since I sent you that DVD. My point about bitrate is that it (8Mb/s) is the DVD standard and has been from day 1. It's not going to change. There were some experimental technologies, that I mention in my HD Appendix of the unofficial PTE guide, that tried t
  13. Don, No problem. Just let me know if/when you need my help. I visit the forum at least a few times a week - daily if there's a thread I'm interested in. Ray
  14. Don, If you create a zip backup of your project (from the File menu) is the .zip file small enough to upload to a web site like MediaFire (http://www.mediafire.com/)? If so contact me privately via the forum. I'm in the US and I'm willing to investigate what your problem might be. Ray
  15. There's something we seem to overlook on this forum when we discuss this topic and that is the bitrate at which data can be delivered from the physical disk. This is equally as important as the other parameters. The DVD standard (and here I mean the physical disk itself, independent of what is burned onto it) guarantees at least 8 megabits per second from the disc and the player it is being played in (you cannot, legally, use the DVD logo if your disc/player doesn't meet this standard). That may sound like a lot and for DVD-quality video playback it is more than adequate. But for very good HD-
  16. Chris, The only explanation I can think of has to do with a post I made a long time ago. I use Sony Vegas Pro 8 (which must be based on the same underlying software as Sony Vegas Platinum 9 when it comes to burning Blu-ray format). When rendering HD Video for PC and Mac (H.264, mp4 file) PTE uses a high-compression format that uses I- and B- frames in a way that Sony Vegas Pro 8 cannot even read the output file. When I render the same PTE project instead as a .avi file (1920x1080, PTE codec), Sony Vegas Pro 8 reads it without a problem and can render it in Blu-ray format without a problem. You
  17. Chris, Take a look at this list of free BD burning software: http://www.techmixer.com/free-blu-ray-burning-software-to-burn-blu-ray-disc/. If none of these works try a Google search on free blu ray burning software. Ray
  18. Some software will still let you burn a CD in SVCD format, which is close to the quality of DVD. But with DVD media so cheap now and fewer players supporting VCD or SVCD format, why do you want to burn to CD?
  19. Just to add to this, what Lin is describing is the procedure to create an AVCHD DVD. Check the specs for the Blu-ray player you bought to see if it supports the AVCHD format. If you don't want to purchase additional software like Pinnacle Studio monitor www.giveawayoftheday.com. They often have this type of software for free (for non-commercial use).
  20. Peter, when you say "label" do you mean naming the slide (e.g., "the house slide") instead of numbering it? I believe that in the .pte file the slides are numbered and that PTE itself works by reference to these numbers. How would PTE be expected to behave if I later delete the slide named "the house slide"? Maybe I'm missing something but I don't see why it would be difficult for PTE to re-calculate re-numbered slides and to give a warning that deleted slides that are the target of "go to slide" have been deleted.
  21. Thans for reporting the problem. I've updated the link.
  22. Just adding my agreement to this as someone who's actually done it using an external photo editor.
  23. A very useful new feature would be to allow clicks on objects not only to go to slide x but to go to keypoint y in slide x. Of course this would require the introduction of numbered keypoints. A second useful feature would be to go to a random keypoint in a random slide when the user clicks on an object.
  24. I found the following which I believe is a defect in 6 - and probabbly earlier versions: if slides have been set up to go to slide number x when the user clicks an object and then a slide that is not the last slide of the slideshow is deleted, all references to target slides x should have the number of the traget slide automatically updated to x minus 1 if the number of the deleted slide is less than x, but that doesn't happen.
  25. Here's a working version of the 2-D puzzle that you can download and solve (skill level = very easy). Not all possible movements are programmed. I may get around to finishing it one day but not in the near future. I know that PTE was not intended to allow us to make puzzles like this but I'm sure those who have been following my challenge realize, it's a great exercise to push PTE to its limits and learn how it works - and doesn't - at the same time. The most important thing I learned working on this is that a very useful new feature would be to allow clicks on objects not only to go to slide
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