What it does:
It will look through the selected project and make a video from the images in each folder. if a sound file is found it is added as the audio track for the video, the audio files will also automatically be 'excluded' from the project. All of the resulting videos will be scaled to the 'slide' image bounds and will be marked 'Do not re-encode.'
It allows all images to be shown using the browser's video player, so you can go full screen for no distraction viewing.
It respects the image order as set in jAlbum's explore mode and ignores excluded images.
It works with linked folders and linked & actual images in a project.
At the root level of the project a 'externalToolFFSlideshow.properties' file is created to save the tools settings for that project. All settings except for the debug report are saved.
In each folder it creates its own text file, slideshow_files.txt, that is used to list images to be used for the video.
There are several options, as detailed further below.
Using the tool:
1, Follow the usual install method for external tools and then select your project and invoke the tool from the menu.
2, You will see a GUI window titles 'Make MP4 slideshows?' with the following controls:
The name to be used for the created videos, the default is 'slideshow'.
How long each image should be displayed for, the default is 5 seconds with values between
1 and 9 allowed.
The file name for any accompanying audio track, the default is 'slideshow.m4a'. You can use any audio format supported by ffmpeg, mp3, wav, air etc. If an audio track is included in any folder ensure the audio file is at least as long as the number of slide images multiplied by the slide display time otherwise not all images will be included.
Project images will be used by default, if your generated videos include images in the 'wrong' orientation you can deselect project images and the album's slide images will be used instead. (does not yet support linking to original images).
3, Click OK and wait for the 'MP4 slideshows created' confirmation window. jAlbum's status bar will show the progress of the movie generation and , when the script finishes, the count of movies made.
4, You may need to refresh the display as video generation may still continue for a while, depending on how many images are in the project. Or you could check the appropriate folders in your OS to ensure movies are complete. Do not quit jAlbum until the videos are complete!
5, Remake your album, the videos will be included in your album.
Note, this is a quick way of adding a video slideshow to your albums, but if you like the result you might want to consider building your own videos with a video editor and exporting the movies to jAlbum. You will have more control and access to transition effects etc.