I'm trying to find a straightforward way to create a date-ordered slideshow from a directory that contains a mix of photos and videos (e.g. the output of a smartphone camera from a holiday). Ideally the slideshow will include the photo metadata (EXIF) captions too at the bottom of the screen, although this isn't absolutely necessary.
So far I've looked at a few solutions, here is why each one fails:
Digikam - slideshows work well with photos (incl. showing captions) but don't include video files
gThumb - like Digikam the slideshow feature ignores videos. Browsing through the directory in full screen mode plays videos but there's a great big 'properties' dialog that takes up a 3rd of the screen that I can't get rid of
Kdenlive - very fiddly requires that I manually insert the video files between the image files to get the date ordering right. Doesn't show the captions
VLC - only shows the video file and ignores the image files, when showing image files goes by filename and not date
ffDiaporama - broken on Ubuntu 14.04, crashes with
Preset /usr/share/ffDiaporama/libx264-hq.ffpreset specified for stream 0:0, but could not be opened.
Edit: I searched around a bit more and found that KDE's Gwenview might be the closest solution to what I want here:
Gwenview - Open the first image in the folder with Gwenview. View->Sort By->Date. Click 'Fullscreen' and move the mouse to bring up the on-screen controls, click the 'play' icon to start a slideshow. This shows the photos and plays videos. Unfortunately the delay before switching images is not configurable (seems to be 5 seconds by default) but you can use the arrow keys or mouse to move to the next photo or video when you want. Also does not display captions.