What I want to do seems simple enough. Given a collection of image files, create a slide show video suitable for sending via email or posting on YouTube. There are countless GUI programs that will do this. But I want to do it from the command line under program control.
Finding a suitable Windows program to do this is turning out to be very difficult. I first tried a Windows build of ffmpeg, which is apparently the program under Linux. The three Windows builds I tried are badly broken, either crashing or rejecting valid command lines. I thought I’d try mencoder (part of the MPlayer project), but the Windows MPlayer build that I downloaded doesn’t appear to include mencoder.
Somebody else suggested x264, but my experience with that has been fruitless as well. Unless you consider frustration fruitful.
I’m stumped. All I want is a program that I can point to a directory and say, “Make a slide show from all those images.” This isn’t rocket science, and yet every program I’ve tried has failed.
If you have any suggestions for a command line program that will create a slide show from multiple .jpg files and save it to a common video format (.avi, .mp4, .flv, .swf, etc.), I’d be real happy to hear about it. But, please, don’t recommend Linux, BSD, or some other operating system. This must be a Windows solution.