Play videos when in slideshow mode
When using slideshow mode, it would be nice to be able to actually play the video rather than just seeing the first frame and it goes to the next picture. Ideally you are walking through the slideshow and when you hit a video then you can watch that video before it goes to the next picture or video.
Currently in Slideshow videos do not play, either manually or automatically. The first frame only displays for the time all photos do, then goes to next. Make it so videos work in Slideshow.
I often watch the images as a slideshow on my TV at home. The slideshow seems to be somewhat low-end to me. First of all i'd like to see my videos. Second to that it would be good to have some other transition effects (pan/zoom, wall, etc). Other than that it would be really comfortable to have the ability to use some of the options provided in the html frontend (thumbs up/down, rotate, delete, comment, hide/unhide etc).
durring the slide show it should view the movies.
I had just received a reply to a "Hero" question on this subject. I asked if there was a technical issue or if Smugmug simply didn't think it was wanted. Their reply:
AUG 05, 2014 | 06:11AM PDT
Thanks for your reply. It's not a feature we currently offer. If you'd like to see such a feature in a future update, you could consider adding your vote / comment to the suggestion on the SmugMug feedback page:
SmugMug Support Hero
Today, just about all digital cameras have the ability to do HD video clips. Not all of us though care to use Adobe or such to splice together the clips and photos to a movie format for display especially when already using a service such as yours. You did a great service to us Smugmuggers by allowing HD movie uploads which I am sure required an investment in equipment. Why in the world cannot you see the benefit to us by allowing this feature? Would this be causing stress on your servers? Huge increase of Bandwith? Programming issues?
Please, if you can, explain why this feature cannot be implemented.
Martin Gross commented
Would be very good
Dave Thomas commented
+1 to this feature request !!!
Get it done already
It's idiotic that vidoes in slide shows is still unsupported.
Iit's that time of year again and I am re-evaluationg my picture/video hosting provider.
Smugmug just lost (again!) because you don't support videos in slide shows.
I'm going with zen for this year (as they now support vids in slide shows) and will check back again with you next year.
The galleries with videos should change the option of slideshow to playlist and play the videos without gas so we can split our movies into videos.
Ann Justin commented
Was googling information about this problem and noticed comments going back to 2008! It is now 2012 and nothing has been done about this issue??? It is clearly something that people who use both photos and videos in their slideshows want - and have wanted for a long time.......why has it been addressed? If this company can produce "camera awesome", surely it could do this!
The way we look at pictures is changing, photo and video are no separate forms of expression anymore. I am very surprised Smugmug is unable to provide a simple solution for this request.
Jim Barnes commented
Slideshow Pro Director integrates photo and video clips seamlessly. Here is an example:
Don McC commented
I have tried and left SmugMug several times because I always run up against some stupid problem like this. I have been using Picasa web albums but greatly prefer Smugmug's excellent clutter-free full screen display
I am a Ph**f*** user who would love to switch to SmugMug due to price hikes and general discontent after their purchase by another company. However, a lot of what I want to share with my family (and a big part of the reason for my use of a premium service) is sharing my small vid clips with the grandparents. Was surprised during my trial that these didn't just play. This and the inability to order prints locally are dealbreakers -- will push me to another service. Probably Pi****web albums... Also can't believe how long this has been an issue ("suggestion") and has not yet been addressed.
It's extremly frustrating having to do six-eight clicks to go to the next video! I have hundreds of really short fammily clips and I am not playing them because it taes too much time to play them all (getting them to play takes longer than the atual playtime)!
Really frustating not to see the videos in slideshow mode ! Please add this feature.
Jo bleau commented
It will be a real plus for somebody to see the video in a slideshow!It would be nice to see that in a short time. Thank's
I'm doing a trial version and video not playing in slideshow is a total deal breaker. Does anyone know of another service that does show videos in slideshow mode. I'm incredibly disappointed!
csaba fikker. Yep, "ridiculous". Why haven't you given this topic any votes? Everyone in here should be giving this 3 votes to raise in in the ranks.
AdminAnne Bean (Admin, SmugMug) commented
@rousehouse: Thanks for taking the time to explain where you're coming from. I agree, this is a problem. I'll make sure this is looked at.
Anne, I agree that playing videos when in slideshow mode is a "feature request". However, providing no visual cue that the current image is actually a video is something that should be fixed. It is an ERROR to show our viewers the low quality first frame of a movie and pretend it's a photo. Most of my viewers just think it's a ****** photo and they never even think to play it as a video. I warn them in the comments but I don't think that's enough. Just superimpose a movie camera graphic on the image so that the viewer knows what's going on (and what they are missing).
Anne Bean commented
@csaba: Thanks for the passionate feedback. I can appreciate your frustration since it sounds as though this is a feature you've been waiting for for some time. We do view it as a feature request, however, rather than a fix.
We'll continue to consider it because it's clear lots of people want it! :)
Incidentally, our pro accounts are all $150/yr currently.
csaba fikker commented
This is becoming ridiculous - its 2011, we are paying $150 to $240 per year for pro accounts and you simply cant and wont fix this slideshow issue with videos. Its all over the web your customers are begging for it and there is simply no reply. FIX IT ALREADY!!!
Meg Solley commented
I would also really appreciate if, when galleries are sorted by Date Taken, videos would show up in their proper place instead of all at the beginning. I realize they don't have the same exif tags as the photos, but the data is in there and it wouldn't be that hard to make sort do the right thing.