Lightroom: Slideshow does not sync the images to the music

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sync to music failure. the sync to music within the slideshow module simply does not do what it should, its pretty useless. why on earth can't it be sorted.
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Jon, thanks for the report. We'll need a few more details as it's working as expected in my tests at least.

Can you please confirm which track, which file format, how many slides, and what actually happened. Did it adjust slide timings at all? To how long?
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can you use your connections to elevate this? the slideshow module is useless without music...
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Victoria, The slideshow module does not fit to music anything. Get 100 slides and a song. Use fit to music and export. It does not work. Also, If you are working on it, see if the developers could make it work with more than just one song.
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Lightroom 3. The fit to music, fails to work, basically it does not sync the slideshow to the music. we all know this is a fact so why Adobe fix it. its very frustrating, I have resorted to other software to solve this problem. Useless.
Jon Allen
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Fit to Music.
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I'm not sure we "all know this is a fact". I've just done a few tests and proved the timings by calculating them in Excel.

So I suggest you say how many images (you've not deleted or added any after setting the timings, have you), the length of the track (maybe cross check it in iTunes or Win Media Player), and the resulting Slides and Fades values. How far is it out?
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Guys, Guys, Guys, I have successfully been creating shows for some time LR2 was much better at least it would play a selection of Mp3 from itunes instead of one track as with LR3, Suggesting that we delete images during various stages of a show is silly. I have also been on other forums with many people having a problem with LR3 sync to music. It does not do what it should.

Create a collection of images, create an mp3 track ( I use Apples Garage band it just works so well!! Apple say no more!) press sync to music, press play, Go!!

Come on Adobe sort it please, I do not want to have to go to the trouble of using Pro show producer.
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Victoria tested on Mac and I tested on Windows, and it seems to work correctly. Unless you prove it is wrong, I don't see why Adobe should "sort it out". There are better things they could be doing with slideshow such as restoring the ability to handle multiple tracks without relying on iTunes and adding a timeline just like in Proshow Producer.
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Seems to work is not good enough, I can assure you it does not on several other LR3 and other PC's. It basically does not do what its says on the can. not arguing here, just does not work Useless.
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Music files purchased through iTunes or other subscription based music services typically have embedded DRM that prevents them from being used outside of that application. I would suspect this is an issue with the audio files themselves not LR.
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Then "Works". Are you on the latest version of LR? Are you absolutely sure the tracks don't contain any silent empty space that's making the track time wrong? Unless you offer more information you're not going to get anywhere by claiming it doesn't work.
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how did you get it to work?????
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Look, this is my last reply, tired of your explanations, I have been using LR since its birth. I have been using MP3 for years, I do not purchase from itume I buy from Amazon, the MP3 are transportable. there are no dead or silent areas within the music. Gonna use photodex, that works!! forget this issue I have had enough.
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I could make arrangements to have you upload a sample audio file to our FTP if you'd be willing. I'd be happy to test and try to recreate the behavior your experiencing so I can report it.
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I have the same problem. Just fix it for goodness sake.
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Jon, you're obviously frustrated, and understandably so.

The problem is, if none of us can replicate the bug you're seeing, then no one can figure out how to fix it for you. That's why we're asking questions and trying to find out how to reproduce it.

If and when you want to try it again, then uploading your sample file would be a really good start to getting it sorted out.
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I've heard grumbles about this, will have a look and see if I can find where!!
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from the forums: http://forums.adobe.com/message/28775...
says this: "I found it's working with m4a files of songs I purchased from iTunes, but it does not play songs I imported from CDs which is a real shame as it's still difficult to buy e.g. French music over iTunes when living in Australia, so I often have to buy CD's and import to iTunes. It would be nice to use them with my slideshows featuring France very frustrating :-(. Is there any recommendation to use another MacOs based programme to make imported CD's accessible for Lightroom 3? It's frustrating already that you can only use one song at a time and then need to do extra work to access it at all. I know it's not just up to Adobe, but I truly expected a bit more of the new slideshow module. Or do I miss the point and there is another Adobe product I should buy in addition to create a decent slide show?"
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victoria, every time I work with a song and slides it does not work. I cannot believe you cannot replicate this issue. Just get about 100 slides and a song and see if it works. It does not. Not to mention, if you want to have 2 songs! There is not even a button for that.
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OK,
Example.
I have just created a collection of images ( 450 Frames), there they are sitting at the bottom of LR. I click the 1st frame ( Command A to select all) I will then sort my intro frame, Done! click select music, go to my MP3 music folder and select a string of music that is made into one track, ( Created in Apples garageband) the track is 23 minutes long enough to give aprox 3 secs of viewing and transition time ( MP3) Perfect! Hit sync to music, LR sorts the timings. so far so good!
Play the show, at the end of the show, the music finishes, but we still have upto 20 secs of slides left. Then LR starts to play the same music track again. Then the slideshow finishes. This has always happened since I moved from LR2. Thinking of loading one of my Mac pro laptops with LR2, to give presentations. Victoria, please understand!! I have been searching the internet for people with similar problems, and I was surprised to find some many other users sharing my frustration with this issue. So please understand, everything else that I use within the adobe family works, I have no issues, but this is so annoying, if you click a switch to turn a light on in the house you expect the light to turn on. not the go to see if its wired up correctly or find out if you have the right type of electricity. Just one thought, some noticeable Photographers have move moved from LR3 slideshow, and purchased Photodex producer, which simply works, I do not use a PC so I stuck with LR3. But in my view as the customer, this facility is very poor, it really should work without the hassles, so you can why I cant be bothered anymore.
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Those are much more helpful specifics Jon, thank you. I do understand why you're so frustrated by it, and I do agree it should be more reliable.

The length of the track may explain why I hadn't been able to replicate it, as I've been testing primarily with single songs, but there may be more to it than that.

David's probably off for the weekend, but if you'd like to drop the garageband file on my server, I'll make sure it gets to Adobe. www.vbftp.net username webupload, password 124
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I've never really used the Slideshow module before, but just ran a few tests to see if I could replicate the issue....and can confirm it happens as described on both my Win7 systems. In every case the music ends before the slideshow is completed, meaning the music starts again. The longer the slideshow, the more the slides fall behind the music.

So I agree with the OP, seems like a bug to me. Will try some more testing later...
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"The longer the slideshow, the more the slides fall behind the music."

Could there be a rounding error in the calculation?
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Here's a new one . . . I build a short slide show, test it, ok add music, It won't play. all the MP3 work in the selection process, they work in Itunes but the sound does not come out the speakers. Also the option to sync does not work or even become clickable. What is happening here. would appreciate a solution. I am using Lightroom 5 on Windows 7
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Hi Jim, Thank you very much for running the test, much appreciated. your findings are no different to my experiences.
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I was able to reproduce the issue as well, I tested with a 23 minute soundtrack and 450 slides. The soundtrack repeated for me at about slide 421. Thanks for reporting the issue. I'll report it to our developers. It occurred for me with both the Play and Preview buttons but didn't when I exported the slide show as a video, so that might a workaround in the interim.
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Can we get an update here? I'm holding off on LR4 until this is fixed.
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You have acknowledged that the problem does exist one year ago! So when will you fix it?
I have tried to use the slideshow on two different computers (Desktop and Laptop), both running Win7 64-Bit and the behavior is always the same: The duration of the song is correct. The duration of the slides is calculated correctly. The problem is that the duration of the slideshow is in fact longer than it should be:
My slideshow has 56 photos and an intro and an ending screen. The song (mp3) lasts 348 sec. The duration of 1 slide is 4 sec. plus 2 sec. of fading. 58 x 6 = 348. However the duration of the Slideshow is 372 sec.
Since my photos were DNG, JPG and PSD I created a simpler Slideshow containing only JPG or only DNG. It did not help. Removing the intro and ending screen did not help either.
And yes, I have checked the “Prepare Previews in Advance” checkbox.
Exporting the Slideshow as Video does help but it’s just a workaround. After one year(!) there should be a real solution.
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I have the exact same problem in LR3 on my PC using music from iTunes. Very dissappointing and frustrating. I would expect a product to work properly coming from Adobe.

Also when I export as video the slides play at different speeds and not in order (random not selected) one time I set the slides to 5 sec and fade at 3 sec, in the video they played at 14 sec! Im fed up with this, so much time wasted...

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Im going to try and use the smaller file size and see if its maybe my computer not being able to produce the images fast enough...
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Its never worked for me, and still doesn't
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Have to resort to manual trial and error to get music to sync with slide show. Typical slideshows 30-40 photos for 3-4mins for client presentations. Mac Pro, LR3. Had this problem since LR2. Somebody at Adobe should be fired for not being able to add 2+2...
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Some details. Canon 5D .CR2 images. Music is anything mp3, royalty free, ripped from CD, makes no diff. I always choose the intro and exit slides, and have a short fade between slides. Using LR3.5 now, but had this problem since LR2.0 (in fact it was the only reason I upgraded from LR1). Please fix this. I waste hours trying to manually adjust slide durations until it fits the music.
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I would like the music to end with the last image. This never worked for me in LR3 in Windows XP or 7 or Mac. I am pleased to say in the LR4 Beta it now works in Windows 7. Please make it work for Mac!! This would make me very happy.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Please fix the slideshow music timing (Mac).
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I have found when doing slideshow in LR 4 with soundtrack & using fit to music ends before slide show is finished. This includes intro screen & ending screen. Duration is 2:46 for 35 frames with 2.9 sec on slides and fades at 1.6 sec. Also program crashes when changes are made soundtrack as it prepares previews in advance intermittently. One needs to play with the soundtrack duration to get in close to a finished product which should be easy to do with this module.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Timing code for slideshow is a bit unstable in LR4.
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I spend a great deal of time and effort matching the music to images. The preview and play work great. When I export the timing is off enough to screw up the storyline. Why don't the preview and exported slideshow match?
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I am Using lightroom 4 and the problem still is not fixed. The fit to music button does not work, and when I manually go through and change the slides and fades time, it is still off when the slideshow is exported!
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Hi Guys
Its been an interesting topic, and adobe do not seem to be interested, I have since moved to aperture, and I use another app to slideshows. :-)
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what app? I'm ready to jump ship...