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Great songs for birthday slideshow

songs for birthday slideshowI’m making a slide show of pictures for my friend’s birthday, what are some meaningful songs that I could use in it.

If you are trying to make a birthday slideshow or going to attend a birthday party. Birthday songs are necessary. No matter your birthday, or your friend’s birthday is coming, a birthday slideshow with music and pictures will be a meaningful gift.  Here I list some popular birthday theme songs for slideshows. Also all these songs are available for playing on a birthday party to boost the atmosphere of celebration.

To make an eye-catching birthday musical slideshow, you may need to use a professional slideshow software. Here I recommend 2 different kinds of slideshow app according to your device: DVD Photo Slideshow(for Windows) and Photo Slideshow Director HD(for iPad and iPhone). You can use DVD Photo Slideshow to make a birthday slideshow DVD or video on your Windows PC. With Photo Slideshow Director HD, you can use your iPad to create a wonderful birthday slideshow for watching on TV, and sharing to Facebook / YouTube / Dropbox.

Good songs for birthday slideshow

100 years – Five for Fighting
Happy Birthday To You – Frank Sinatra
Happy Birthday, Darlin’ – Conway Twitty
Happy Birthday, Lisa – Michael Jackson and Bart
Oh, How the Years Go By – Vanessa Williams
Birthday – The Beatles
My Wish – Rascall Flatts
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
Happy Girl – Martina McBride
Beautiful Boy – Celine Dion
I Hope You Dance – LeeAnn Womack
It Was Your Song – Garth Brooks
Let Them Be Little – Billy Dean
My Wish    – Rascal Flatts
Photograph – Nickleback
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole
Time of Your Life – GreenDay
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
When I Grow Up To Be A Man – The Beach Boys
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
When I’m 64 – The Beatles
16 candles – The Crests
Lisa It’s Your Birthday – Michael Jackson
It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder

Enjoy these birthday songs and happy birthday!

How to show a slideshow from iPad to TV

After a travel or holiday, you may have many photos for sharing with families or friends. If you are trying to play your photos as a slideshow to TV from iPad, you may need to make some preparations.  First you need to create a slideshow on iPad. Then you need to have Apple Digital AV Adapter and HDMI cable to connect iPad with TV. Finally, you can mirror iPad slideshow to TV.

Also you can Airplay a slideshow from iPad to TV with Apple TV. Read more>>

Requirements to mirror iPad slideshow to TV:

1. Apple Digital AV Adapter and HDMI cable

2. iPad 2 or iPad 3

3. iPad slideshow app – Photo Slideshow Director HD

4. An HDMI – compatible TV

Make a slideshow on iPad and show it to TV

Step1. Make a slideshow on iPad with pictures and music

You can easily make a slideshow with Photo Slideshow Director HD(App Store Link). Just need to add photos and music into the app, then an eye-catching slideshow is ready to showcase. Wanna import photos from web albums? No problem, the slideshow maker allows you to get photos from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox , SkyDrive and Instagram by signing into your accounts.

Also you can add text and subtitles to express your feeling or describe photos, select transitions and set pan / zoom effects, choose a theme, set duration for slides and transitions, etc. Its built-in powerful photo editor enables you to edit your photos before sharing, such as rotating, cropping, adding effects, enhancing, and etc.

Step2. Connect iPad to TV with Adapter and HDMI cable

Turn on your TV. Connect the Apple Digital AV Adapter to your iPad via the 30-pin dock connector, and to your HDTV  via HDMI cable. Then change your TV input to HDMI port. Now your iPad screen should be mirrored to TV. If you want to have your iPad changed while streaming, a second 30-pin connector built into the AV adapter lets you charge and sync your device while it’s connected to your TV.

connect ipad to tv

connect ipad to tv

Step3. Tap Export icon and select playing slideshow to TV

Tap the Export icon, you will see all available options to share the slideshow, including saving slideshow to Camera Roll, posing to Dropbox / SkyDrive / YouTube / Facebook, transferring to PC over WiFi and playing on HDTV.

Tap HDTV / Airplay under Play Slideshow On list.

play ipad slideshow on tv

Select HDTV /Airplay from sharing slideshow options

Step4. Tap Play icon to mirror iPad slideshow to TV

Now it shows TV Connected in the main screen of Photo Slideshow Director HD. And your TV is showing a still picture. Tap the Play icon(play), the slideshow will begin playing on your TV in full screen. The app supports 1080p HD video slideshow, so your photos will look great on TV.

mirror slideshow from ipad to tv

Tap play icon

How to create a video slideshow for Android tablets

I am looking for an app which allows me to sit with my customer and browse pictures as a slideshow through my Android tablet. The app should allow me to add a group of pictures and add text on pictures. Also I would like to have transition effects between slides, so the presentation will not be cumbersome. 

To make a picture slideshow presentation for playing on Android tablet, DVD Photo Slideshow can be a good choice.  DVD Photo Slideshow can make stunning slideshows in different formats for displaying on Android devices, iPad / iPhone / iPod, PSP, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Also you can make a slideshow DVD with it. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a picture slideshow for Android tablets.

Free download DVD Photo Slideshow:

Easy steps to make an Android tablet photo slideshow:

Step1. Add pictures and personalize a slideshow

Click “Organize Photos” tab, there are 4 sub-tabs: “Album Photo”, “Transition & Music”, “Album Them” and “Album Preview”.  It means  you can import photos, select transitions and background music, choose an album theme and preview the slideshow.

1. Add photos to slideshow maker

Click “Album Photo” to begin your slideshow with adding photos into the slideshow maker.  You can drag photos to “Album Photo” area from your computer hard drive. Or you can use the “Add” and “Add All” button to import photos. Then you can rotate photos, auto adjust brightness / contrast. Select a photo and click “Text” button, you can add text to current photo.

import wedding photos to slideshow software

Organize wedding photos

2. Add slideshow music and select transition effects

Go to sub-tab “Transition & Music”   to add background music and select transition effects. Click the “Add” button to add slideshow music. The program allows you to trim music to use part of music. Also you can loop a song by checking “Loop audio”.  In the “Transition effects” group, you can select transitions and double-click to apply them.

In “Album Settings” group, you can enter seconds in “Transition duration” box and “Photo duration” box to control speed of slides and transitions. To sync slideshow to music, click the music button next to “Audio duration” box.

slideshow music and transition

Add music and select transition effects

3. Choose a theme for slideshow

A theme can make your slideshow good-looking and help you describe the meaning of a slideshow. Select a theme template for your slideshow from the left theme group. Also you can add  titles at the beginning and credits in the end.

choose slideshow theme

select a theme

4. Preview the Android slideshow

Before outputting the slideshow, you can preview the slideshow to check if it is OK. Click “Album Preview” to view the real effects of the slideshow.

Step2. Output a slideshow for Android tablet

Now you can save the slideshow as a video for your Android tablet. DVD Photo Slideshow provides multiple video output formats, including avi, mp4, mov, mkv, mpg. You should choose an output format that is compatible with your Android table or  the video player installed on your Android tablet. For example, you can select “Mobile phone Playable Movie”, then choose MP4 format from “Profile” list.

Finally, click “Create Now!” to output the video slideshow.

create slideshow fro android tablet

After the photo slideshow is finished, transfer it to your Android tablet for enjoying.

How to extract or get still photos from video

Have recorded a great video and wanna capture or extract some pictures from the video to share with friends?  iPad and iPhone is available to film high-resolution videos, especially iPhone5(4s), iPad4, iPad3. However, sometimes we want to get still pictures from recorded videos for special use. For example, we want to get some pictures from a video and email them to friends, or post pictures instead of the whole video to Facebook. So how to get pictures from a video?

Photo to Video Grabber app is designed to solve our dilemma. It can help you extract high quality photos from recorded videos on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Open the app on your iOS device, import a video into it, then you can view the video frame one  by one and save any picture frames you want. The photo will be saved at the same resolution as the source video.

Key features of Photo to Video Grabber

1. Extract the best photos from a video

You can extract up to 30 different pictures of a one second video recorded with your iPhone or iPad and save them as 1080p full HD pictures.

2. Powerful Photo Editing Features

Before extracting a picture, you can edit it with the app’s built-in photo editor. You can use the photo editor to crop photos, enhancing photos, rotating photos, adding effects, add text on photos, etc. You can make your photos amazing before sharing.

3. Easy Photo Sharing Features

Besides saving photos to Camera Roll, you  can share the extracted photos in other ways, such as emailing the photos, sharing via iTunes File-Sharing, printing them out, opening  with other apps, etc.

3 Steps to extract photos from a video

Step1. Add a video to Photo to Video Grabber

Open the app on your iPad / iPhone, browse the videos in iPad / iPhone Camera Roll from the app, and add a video from which you want to extract images from.

add video

Add a video

Step2. Select photos from the video

Depend on the way you hold the iOS device, you can view the video frames one by one by swiping  up / down, or left /right. Use the “Play” icon to play/ stop the video. Then tap the photo you want to save.

select pictures from video

select a picture

Step3.  Extract photos from a video

After selecting  a photo, touch the “Image” icon in the upper right corner to save the photo to Camera Roll. You can also email the photos, share via iTunes File-Sharing, Assign to Contact, Print them out, Copy the photos, Open with other image apps such as the iPhoto, etc.

get pictures from video

save pictures to camera roll


3. Easy Photo Sharing Features

Besides saving photos to Camera Roll, you  can share the extracted photos in other ways, such as emailing the photos, sharing via iTunes File-Sharing, printing them out, opening  with other apps, etc.

 App Store Link>>

How to produce a HD video on Windows 7 PC

Wanna create a HD video slideshow with your pictures and music on your Windows 7 PC? Then download the professional Windows 7 Video Maker on your computer. With the video maker, you can create a stunning video by just adding photos and music into it.  The video maker enables you to personalize your video with transitions, pan & zoom, theme, text, art-clips and more. Then you can save the photo video as a 720p or 1080p HD video.

Download the video slideshow maker free version

Step 1.Import photos and personalize your video

Click “Organize Photos” tab to import photos and customize a video.

  • Dragging pictures to “Album Photo” area from your PC to begin making a video. Also you can rotate photos, adjust Brightness / Contrast or add text on pictures.
  • Click “Transition & Music” tab, and click “Add” button to add background music for your video. It allows you to ripper music from CD or record audio track as background music. Trimming music is available too.
  • In the “Transition effects” area under “Transition & Music” tab, you can select transitions for your video between slides.  In the “Album settings” area, you can set time duration for all transitions and slides. Double-click the slide and transition, you can set time for each slide and transition.
  • Click “Album Theme” tab to choose a beautiful theme for your video from various pre-installed theme templates, such as wedding themes, birthday themes, sports themes,and etc.
  • To preview the video, go to “Album Preview” area to play the video.

create hd video on windows 7

Step 2. Output a HD video

After personalizing your video, you can output it.

  • Click “Burn Disc” tab
  • Select “HD Video” from “Output Format” drop-down list
  • Specify an output folder
  • Select video format from “Profile” drop-down list (mp4 or mkv)
  • Choose a video size from “Parameters” group. You have three different choices: 1280×720, 1920×1080, 1440x1080p, also you can set other parameters
  • Finally, click “Create Now!” button to output the HD photo video.

output a hd video

Besides, you can burn the video onto DVD / CD, save the video for playing on iPad, iPhone , PSP and Android device, or create the video for YouTube, Facebook and MySpace.

output a video

Free download the video maker to have a try

Best songs for sports slideshow of all time

songs for sports slideshowUpbeat  songs could enable athletes to get motivation and to boost their self-confidence. No matter you are an athlete or sports fan, after attending a sports game, there should be many pictures for sharing. If you are planning to work on a sports slideshow with your sports pictures and looking for some upbeat sports theme songs, you could consider the following great sports songs.

Slideshow makers you may need to make Sports slideshow with music:

1. DVD Photo Slideshow (for Windows)

2. Photo Slideshow Director HD (for iPad and iPhone)

3. HD Slideshow Maker (for Mac)

Best songs for sports slideshow of all time

Heart of a Champion – Nelly

We are the Champions – Queen

Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolph

Live to Win – Paul Stanley

Simply the Best – Tina Turner

The Impossible Dream – Jim Nabors

Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim

The Second Coming –  Juelz Santana

We Will Rock You-Queen

This Is Why I’m Hot – Mims

World In Motion – New Order

Rock and Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter

Stand Up – Trapt

Inside the Fire – Disturbed

Keep Hope Alive – The Crystal Method

Get Over It – OK GO

Bleed It Out – Linkin Park

Crazy Train – Ozzy

Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down

You’ll Never Walk Alone – Jordin Sparks

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk

Superstar – Lupe Fiasco

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Battle Without Honor or Humanity – Tomoyasu Hotei

All I Do Is Win-DJ Khaled

The Final Countdown-Europe

Lose Yourself-Eminem

Eye of the Tiger-Survivor

Enter Sandman – Metallica

Thunderstruck – AC/DC

Empire State of Mind – Jay Z, Alicia Keys

Run Run Run – Jo Jo Gunne

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

This Land is My Land – Arlo Guthrie

Don’t Look Back – Boston

Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

Super Bowl Shuffle – The 1985 Chicago Bears Football Team

Backfield in Motion – Mel & Tim

Angels Among Us -Alabama

How to create a slideshow on iPad and burn it onto DVD

Wanna put your iPad photos onto a DVD with music and transitions? You can convert your photos to a stunning slideshow on iPad first, then burn the photo slideshow onto DVD for saving or watching on TV. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a slideshow with pictures and music on iPad, then transfer to PC / Mac, finally burn it onto DVD free.

Step1. Make a photo slideshow on iPad and save to Camera Roll

To make a slideshow on iPad, Photo Slideshow Director HD is recommended. It enables you to create a stunning slideshow with transitions by only adding photos and music. To make a more professional slideshow, you can replace random applied transitions between slides, sync slideshow to  music, add text and subtitles on photos, select a slideshow theme, customize ken burns effects, etc. It almost provides all the features you need to create an eye-catching slideshow.

After customizing the slideshow, hit the “Export” tab and select “Photo Library” from “Share Movie to” group.

photos to slideshow on ipad

create slideshow on ipad

Then enter title and description for the slideshow and select a video resolution. Tap “Publish Now!” to convert the slideshow to a mp4(or mov) video and save it to iPad Camera Roll.

save slideshow to camera roll

Step2. Transfer a video slideshow to PC from iPad

Photo Slideshow Director HD provides 2 ways to transfer a slideshow to computer: iTunes and WiFi transfer. Obviously if your PC and iPad both use the same WiFi, the app’s WiFi transfer feature can be the first choice. Also you can connect iPad to PC and download the slideshow to PC with iTunes.

1. Wirelessly transfer a video slideshow to PC from iPad

  • Tap the “Export” tab and select “Wifi Transfer” from the “Share Movie to ” group. Then a “Wifi Transfer” window will pop up with a URL and tips.

download ipad slideshow to pc via wifi

  • Enter the URL into your computer browser, the saved slideshow in step1 will be listed. Click the slideshow name to download it.

download ipad slideshow to pc

2. Download a slideshow to PC with iTunes

  • Open iTunes on your PC
  • Plug your iPad into your computer or connect iPad to PC via WiFi
  • Click iPad name under “DEVICES” in the left sidebar
  • Click “Apps” from the upper part options and scroll down to “File Sharing” area
  • Select “PhotoDirector” from the Apps list, find the slideshow under “PhotoDirector Documents” and drag it to your computer

Step3. Burn a slideshow onto DVD

1. Burn a video slideshow to DVD on Windows

On Windows, Windows DVD Maker could be the first choice to burn a video to DVD. However because Windows DVD Maker does  not support mp4 or mov, so you have to convert the video slideshow to avi format first.

  • Convert the mp4 or mov video slideshow to avi format with Clone2go Video Converter Free Version.  Drag the slideshow from your computer into the free video converter, then choose AVI Video from “Profile” drop-down list, then click “Start Encode” in the lower right corner. After converting is finished, click “Folder” to find the converted avi video.

free video converter

  • Open Windows DVD Maker, and drag the avi video slideshow into it, click “Next” to customize DVD menu and preview the video. After that, Click “Burn” to burn the slideshow onto DVD.

free burn video to dvd on windows

2. Burn a slideshow onto DVD on Mac

If your Mac is pre-installed with iDVD, you can use iDVD to burn the video to DVD. However, If your Mac has a new operation system of 10.7 or 10.8 without iDVD, Burn(a free DVD burner) can be helpful.

The Free mac DVD burner is very easy to use. Import your video slideshow into the software and it will automatically convert the video to mpg format video,then click the “Burn” button to burn the slideshow onto DVD.

free dvd burner for mac