upgraded my desktop computer I decided not to re-install that old program and producing my videos entirely using Linux.
Imagination is a simple program dedicated to producing video slide-shows. It can easily installed from Ubuntu's software centre. Once started the program shows a very intuitive user interface with a film strip on the bottom, a preview area on the left and current slide details on the right.
another user interface layout is available with slides arranged on a grid in place of the preview area. this layout make simpler the task of arranging slide order.
Once the pictures are loaded the program allows selecting a transition, adding some zoom and pan motion effects or some descriptive text to each slide. The slide-show can then be previewed and eventually exported directly in MPEG “.VOB” format ready to be included in a DVD.
Far from being perfect …
Imagination does its job but still is a bit raw on some aspects. I'd like, for example, a better control on slides timing; actually only the slide duration time (in seconds) and three transition speeds (fast, normal and slow) are available. With more fine regulation it could be possible to exactly match slide-show duration with the selected songs. The user interface also has some defect like in changing slide order that is only possible dragging one slide at time.
If I needed a full control over the slide-show I'd probably look for another program: many video-editing applications, like Cinelerra, allow also slide-show creation. What I really need is a program to produce a slide-show with the minimum effort. And Imagination does just this. Last but not least Imagination projects are plain text files so it wouldn't be too difficult to write a script to automate the slide-show creation process. But this is true for many programs at least in the Linux universe.