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Once you've taken the time to configure your slideshow and you're happy with the overall setup for that slideshow. You can start to think about how you're going to present the actual slideshow itself. There are a handful of options for the presentation of the slideshow and then several options for actually playing back that slideshow. So I have my slide show configured in my slide show module. We'll go ahead and scroll down to the bottom of the right panel and well find the playback options. The first option is for a soundtrack. So if you have an audio file that you'd like to use as a background.
For example some music to accompany your slide show you can turn on the soundtrack option. I'll go ahead and click on the Select Music button. That will bring up a dialog where I can navigate to a location that contains music and choose the specific file that I would like to use. I'll click the Open button and you can see that that will present the file that I've selected as well as the total duration. Now in this particular case I have a six minute audio file, and only a dozen images, and so that would require about thirty seconds per image.
Obviously a bit long for a slide show, but if I were workiing with a music file of a shorter duration, I could click the Fit To Music button. And that would adjust the slide duration so that the overall presentation timeline would match the length of the music. So that could be a handy option if you are working with either a longer slide show or a shorter presentation of music. We can also specify which display we would like to have the slide show play on. Here I have multiple monitors set up. So you can see that I'm currently set up to display on the smaller display. Now this would typically be your computer plus your digital projector for example. And so you'd want to make sure that you have the slideshow set to playback on the digital projector, presumably.
You can also choose whether or not you want to blank the other screens. So, for example, if you're using a laptop to run a digital slideshow with a projector. You can blank that screen so that the laptop is not illuminated during playback. Of course if you're speaking about the slideshow, then you might want to leave that option turned off. So that you can still see what's going on, on the other display on your laptop, for example. I'll then scroll down and we can see the slide duration. Now, if I were using a soundtrack that fit, obviously I could use that Fit To Music option. In this case, because the soundtrack is so long, I'll just turn that option off, and then we can take a look at that slide duration.
I can adjust how long each image will appear. So for example maybe I want just four seconds per slide. And I can also determine how long I want the transition between images to appear. Note that as I adjust these options I can see the total time that will be required for the slide show. In this case about a minute and a half. I can also specify whether or not I want to transition through a color. If I turn on the color checkbox, I can specify a color that I want to appear in between slides. So, for example, I could transition from one image to another passing through black in between.
I'll leave that option turned off for now so that we can transition from just one image to a next without dipping through black for example. If you'd like, you can present the images in a random order. Obviously that would be more for a situation where you're leaving a slideshow presentation unattended and you just want the images to appear randomly. And in those sorts of situations you might also want to use the repeat option so that the slide show will just continuously repeat itself. I'm going to leave both of those options turned off because I have an opening title and a closing black screen. And so there really is an order to my slide show and I just want to play it once from start to finish.
Finally we have an option to prepare previews in advance. Now the only drawback to this is that it will take a moment for the slide show to start. But the advantage which I consider to be a significant advantage is that then the slide show will play more smoothly. There won't be any risk of needing to generate previews in the meantime. And thus causing the slideshow to stutter just a little bit. So I recommend leaving that option turned on. Finally, we have our Playback options. It's showtime. And we have two basic options here. We can either click the Preview button to simply present the slideshow as a preview within our image preview area.
You can see here is my title slide for example, and then we'll transition into the first image, and so on and so forth. Or I can use the play option, so I'll go ahead and pause my slideshow and go back to my first image. So that I can play the slideshow from the very beginning and then I will click the Play button. And at this point, of course, the slide show will begin immediately. So if I had an audience here, I might want to click the Play button and then press the Spacebar button to pause Playback. I'll go ahead and click Play. And we'll see that the slide show begins.
I'll press the Spacebar key to pause the display so I can pause on that title slide that I created as the audience fills in the room. Then they're able to see just the title. And when I'm ready to begin the actual slide show I can simply press the Spacebar key again and the slide show will begin playing where it left off. In this case, right at the beginning of the show. So as you can see, Lightroom provides a variety of methods for playing that for slideshow whether just for review purposes. So you can get a better sense of what the show will look like or for playing that slideshow for a variety of different audiences large and small.
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