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I'm mostly a Linux guy but I don't think the software I'm looking for is available in Linux so I ask this presumable easy question for those of you that knows Windows.

The thing I want to do is to just take a SD-card from a camera, pop it into the computer and then show a slideshow with images AND VIDEOS. I need to be able to manually step between the pics/videos with the keyboard and I don't want the hassle of using something like ffdiaporama (which otherwise is a great app) or any video editor. The program should, of course, also be able to show the slideshow in fullscreen.

Would the standard image viewer in Win 7 allow me to do this? I don't got access to a windows computer right now so can't test it. Or is there any other good and free programs that lets me do this?

And if someone would knows of any software for Linux that can handle this, that would be even better. But I don't believe it exist, I tried google and asked a question on askubuntu.com.

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The mix of video and pictures seem to be a bit tricky, so I fear there doesn't seem to be anything supporting what you're looking for.

With the VLC media player you can create a playlist to which you add videos and pictures. However, pictures are only displayed for 1 second (I couldn't find a way to increase that).

My best bet then would be to create a LibreOffice Impress presentation with the content, put it on the USB stick and start that. I couldn't find a list of supported video formats. :-(

On Windows you can use IrfanView with it's multimedia plugins (see plugins link on their homepage).

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Oh, I know about Irfan, that seems like the best solution so far for me. I'll try it when I get some time :) I'm also thinking about writting something in Python for linux. It seems strange to me, would'nt this be a very common thing to do? –  Niclas Nilsson Jan 27 '12 at 6:59
Well, I thought so too. ;-) –  phw Feb 6 '12 at 14:42

The best bet for you would be to use picasa. And uploading and customizing your images on it is very easy, you just have to add the folder where your images are present.Also I think you can install picasa on ubuntu. The standard win 7 image viewer wont work for your slideshow.

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Just download Windows Live Essentials and install the Photo Gallery. Different from the stock photo viewer in Windows 7, this photo gallery can actually play videos and also does that in slideshows.

Caveat: For a slideshow you usually want a certain order and this is easy if you sort it in Explorer, select all files and open it with the Live Photo Gallery. This only works if you choose yes when you open Photo Gallery on its own the first time and it's asking you whether you want to open JPG,.. with it by default. Otherwise you can only open a single picture with it via Open With in explorer. Don't ask me why. If you don't want the default stuff, then you can alternatively open Photo Gallery and use its integrated file explorer for sorting etc.

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You can use GNOME's gThumb image browser. It can sort media by recording time (EXIF) and present both photos and videos in a folder in the same interface / slideshow. gThumb is available in most Linux distributions, e.g., in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install gThumb

It seems not to be available for Windows.

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I Know this is an old Post. But If some one is looking for Slideshow that has both video and Image and mostly from command line, also video will be shown as image with play button an user can click play to play movie.

Feh is the tool.

And for Video alone I used VLC.

Taken snapshot of the movie using VLC and had naming convention to Identify that this is a movie and file name of original movie

Used image Magic to compose Play button to image

Feh Configured Action button 0 ([Return Key]) to execute a shell program which is playing in VLC full screen and stop after playing.

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