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When I play still images in WMP most of them are terribly distorted. Some are just streaks of light and all others are very poor versions of the original..

All are OK in other players..

I am using WMP 11 and Windows XP Home. The same effect was present in WMP10..

There seems to be no logic in which pictures are distorted. Two pictures taken on the same camera at the same time (+/- 1 minute) of the same scene can be either terrible or fair..

Re-loading the images into WMP makes no difference to which are distorted. A Certain pics are always streaky. Can anyone help please?. I have just bought a digital photo frame and wish to use WMP to transfer pics to the frame...

Comments (5)

I actually have no real idea, and this may sound like I'm just joking, but the first think I would do is not use WMP for that function. You could try to download the newest version of the player from somewhere, but it is just not a very good photo editor..

Get yourself something that really works as a photo editor, make sure you use it to resize the pictures and re-sharpen them before you put them into the frame's memory. The frame will have a resolution, and that is the size you should make the pictures so that the software in the frame doesn't have to do any image manipulation for you..

I'm assuming you are using WMP because it is all you have (it's the only reason I would use it for anything). Get something like Photoshop Elements, or Paint Shop Pro, or Picture Window Pro and use that to deal with your images. You will have a lot fewer problems.Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

Comment #1

Altheia,.

Thanlk you for your input..

I have Photoshop CS2 so I do not need any other editing program..

I was not using WMP for editing. I have not received the frame yet but I read the online instructions for it which indicate that the method of transfering for PC to frame is via WMP sync (whatever that is)..

If you are saying that I do not need WMP for the transfer that is fine but I would still like to know why I cannot display my pictures in WMP. Some are fair, some unrecognizable..

It is disappointing that I have to resize to 800 x 600 and re-sharpen all my pics for the frame. They never tell you this in the blurb do they?..

Comment #2

Bruckshaw1 wrote:.

I have Photoshop CS2 so I do not need any other editing program..

Well, that should certainly be adequate ;>).

I was not using WMP for editing. I have not received the frame yetbut I read the online instructions for it which indicate that themethod of transfering for PC to frame is via WMP sync (whatever thatis)..

Does the frame use USB to connect, or does it take flash memory cards of some sort? If it is USB with it's own memory, you should be able to just drag and drop the pictures once your computer sees it. If it uses card memory, get a card reader and just drag and drop that way..

If you are saying that I do not need WMP for the transfer that isfine but I would still like to know why I cannot display my picturesin WMP. Some are fair, some unrecognizable..

I don't know why. My guess is some sort of software problem with WMP because Jpegs should be a snap for it to cope with. I just avoid WMP as much as I can because there are lots better for everything it does for me..

It is disappointing that I have to resize to 800 x 600 and re-sharpenall my pics for the frame. They never tell you this in the blurb dothey?.

No they don't, and the frame will do it for you, but for best quality it pays to make the decisions yourself. You can create scripts that do it automatically, but I find different images need different amounts of sharpening to look their best. At digital frame sizes, precise sharpening is often not that critical, but I'm picky, especially about things other people will see. I resize and sharpen minimally with a script, and then check to make sure the sharpening is done before I load them. I think you will see a difference..

Our family has a digital frame we gave to my mother-in-law and onto which the whole family puts pictures for her. I can see definite image quality differences between the ones I resize and sharpen myself, and the ones from my sister-in-law's Nikon DSLR. She just throws them onto the card without changing anything, and the result is visible in my opinion. I'm not sure my mother-in-law can tell, however. Like I said, I'm picky..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

Comment #3

That is all very helpful thank you..

The frame has a USB card reader and 1GB memory..

Your suggestion for resizing, minimal sharpening using a PS batch operation on all pics and then a final check coincides exactly with what I had in mind..

The batch re-sizing to 800x600 would have to be done before any rotaion of any protrait poictures I imagine..

Thanks again...

Comment #4

Bruckshaw1 wrote:.

The batch re-sizing to 800x600 would have to be done before anyrotaion of any protrait poictures I imagine..

Thanks again..

Not necessarily. All mine are rotated before hand. I do a "percent" re-size in the scripted batch process that doesn't care about orientation. A little experimentation will give you the percentage you need to shrink them..

You could, of course, do it later...

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