Specialising in audio visual


Making a simple AV tutorial

This tutorial describes how to create a simple audio-visual sequence using Pictures to Exe, a very popular program for creating AV sequences. It was originally written in 2011 and is based on version 6.5 of Pictures to Exe so is now rather out of date and does not include a lot of the features that have been added since then. The latest audio facilities in Pictures to Exe are described in a separate article below.

AV show menu tutorial

This tutorial describes how to create an audio-visual show menu using Pictures to Exe version 4.47. It also explains how to transfer the complete show to CD and arrange for the menu to appear automatically. This tutorial is also now rather dated as Pictures to Exe has moved on to version 8. However the principles remain the same so there is still some value in it. The tutorial is itself a Pictures to Exe sequence lasting about 20 minutes. The download zip file includes the tutorial sequence and a Word document containing the text of the tutorial.

Cool Edit article

The download zip file contains an article originally written in 2004 for AV World magazine describing the use of Cool Edit (now Adobe Audition) to produce the soundtrack for audio-visual sequences. As well as covering the basic manipulation of wave files in single and multitrack view, the article also describes how to shorten and lengthen background music and add a commentary.

Audio in PTE article

An article originally published in the May 2015 edition of AV News, the magazine for the Royal Photographic Society Audio Visual Group. It describes the facilities for audio editing that are now available in the latest versions of Pictures to Exe. Originally it was necessary to create the soundtrack for an AV sequence using a separate audio editing program, such as Cool Edit, and then combine this with the images using the Pictures to Exe program. However it is now possible to perform almost all of the necessary audio manipulation in Pictures to Exe itself. This is Revision 3 of the article.

Notes on PTE Video Builder

Pictures to Exe includes an application that can create DVDs containing one or more PTE projects and a menu to select them. These are a few notes on how to use this feature.

PTE Info

PTE Info is an Excel application that can extract information from a Pictures to Exe project file and save it in a new workbook. For the project, the project name, the name of the project file, the version of PTE, the total number of slides (main images) in the sequence and the total duration is shown. For each slide in the project the slide number, slide file name and slide duration is shown. Only PTE versions after version 4 are currently supported. Download the zip file and extract the workbook. Open the workbook and read the instructions on how to proceed. The application was developed at the request of a member of the Pictures to Exe forum.

Animation demonstrations

The download zip file contains seven short examples of the use of objects and animation in Pictures to Exe. Both the final exe files and the corresponding project files are included. The idea is to view the final exe file, then open the project file to examine how the effect is achieved.

Object and Animation Projects

These are "exercises for the student" which accompanied a series of short talks given to the club on some of the aspects of Objects and Animation in Pictures to Exe. Click the links below to download the zip file. Save the project zip file to MyDocuments or somewhere you can find it. Then right click the file and select extract all. Click the Next button then the Finish button. A folder called Project1, or Project2 etc. should be created containing all the image files, and the project file. For further details see the project instructions.
Project instructions
Project 1 - Image adjustment
Project 2 - Titles
Project 3 - Coping with portrait images
Project 4 - Zooming & panning
Project 5 - Animated titles
Project 6 - Using png images