Simple way of creating photo-slideshow-with-music
What is the best way to go about showing (on a projected screen) a series of photos, in order, with a piece of music playing in the background? The timing of the photo slideshow needs to exaclty match the music, and the output needs to be as good quality as possible. Image Google photoshow screensaver but with background music. We could do with something embedable in PowerPoint as out teachers can use that (we can set up a slideshow for them, then all they have to do is press the right arrow key to advance through slides).
I've tried doing a slideshow with Windows Movie Maker, but you can't accuratly set the number of frames you want to show a picture for, you can only set whole seconds. Adobe Premier Pro almost works well, but for some reason only allows you to sort a set of images by modified date. PowerPoint, for some reason, when showing a movie produced by Premier Elements showed what seemed to be a low-res version of an image for a couple of seconds before eventually loading the high-res one, which seemed odd.
I guess what I actually want is a Flash object that I can give a list of images and an audio file and leave it to sort itself out. I don't seem to be able to modify the transparecy of a bitmap image with Flash MX 2004, so no nice cross-fade effect. Does Flash CS3 / Flex allow this? Is there a handy all-in-one application around someplace that does this for us?