Lightroom: How can I get a slideshow to play on my DVD player, or on my TV?

No matter what resolution I pick for the slideshow, the CD or DVD will not play on my DVD player, or TV.
The slideshows I make in PSE8 WILL play on my TV. Doesn't make any sense to me.
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  • Hi Kyle,

    I assume that you're using the "Export Video" feature in the Slideshow module of Lightroom? What are you using to then burn the video to a DVD?

    -Ben
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  • The short answer is nothing. I didn't know I had to convert it, or use something else to make it playable.
    I just click on the export video tab and with the CD/DVD in the drive, LR3 saves it there. I could find no details, or steps in on line tutorials, or LR3 books that addressed this topic.
    Any suggestions you have would be helpful. I presumed it would be like PSE8 and no additional steps would be required. I figured what worked in PSE8 should work in LR3. Guess not.

    Thanks for your help.
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  • Hi Kyle,

    Not an unreasonable expectation. Lightroom, however, does not author video DVDs. When you save the video file out of Lightroom onto a DVD, it's just creating a data DVD, with the video file saved to it, just as if you'd saved it to your hard drive (some DVD players might conceivably be able to read video off of a disc saved in this way, but it is not a conventional video DVD).

    If you wish to make a standard video DVD with a slideshow that you've made in Lightroom, you should save the slideshow out of Lightroom as a video (at 720x480 would probably be best) to your hard drive, and then use a DVD authoring program to actually make the DVD. Your computer may already have such a program on it. If you're using a Mac, it should have iDVD which is used for this purpose. If you're using Windows, you may or may not already have such a program, depending. Googling "author dvd on windows" will get you lots of information.

    Thanks,
    Ben
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