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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.

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Install ffDiaporama from stable repository. It's working.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ffdiaporamateam/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffdiaporama
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In gwenview Go to plugins > tools > advanced slideshow

If Plugins is empty (by default I think kubuntu doesn't install them) you need to add kipi-plugins I think. There may be a helper anyway once go to Plugins

  • The 'Advanced Slideshow' plugin is the same one as used in Digikam and it doesn't play videos (I've already tried this in both digikam and gwenview) – happyskeptic Feb 23 '15 at 7:14

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