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Step 4: Set Up Your iPod for the Show

Now you're ready to set up your iPod for the slide show. But don't just grab the iPod out of the dock! In the iTunes window, make sure that the iPod isn't flashing red—it does that while it's updating and will stop when it's finished. When the words iPod Update Complete appear at the top of the iTunes window, click the eject button to the right of the iPod in the source list. Look at the iPod and make sure that its menu appears on its screen. Then pull it out of the dock.

Use your iPod's click wheel to display Photos > Slideshow Settings. There are a number of options. Set these:

  • Time Per Slide is the amount of time for which each slide should appear onscreen. I recommend 2–5 seconds. Longer than that, and your audience might fall asleep. Use the wheel to highlight a time, and press the Select button.

  • Music is the playlist you want to play during the slide show. Use the wheel to highlight the playlist you created for the slide show, and press the Select button.

  • Repeat indicates whether the slide show should repeat. Pressing the Select button toggles this setting.

  • Shuffle Photos specifies whether the photos should appear in random order. Pressing the Select button toggles this setting.

  • Transitions tells the iPod to use transition effects when going from one photo to the next. Pressing the Select button toggles this setting.

  • TV Out indicates whether the iPod sends the signal out to a television. Pressing the Select button toggles this setting between Ask (the default setting), On, and Off. If you select Ask, iPod asks whether you want to output to a TV each time you start a slide show. If you seldom use a TV for slide shows, set this option to Off so iPod doesn't bother you about it. You can always turn it on if you do want to output a slide show to a TV.

  • TV Signal sets the type of TV signal for your television. Pressing the Select button toggles this setting between NTSC (standard in the U.S.) and PAL (standard in some other places I've never been). You don't need to mess with this setting unless you plan on outputting to a TV.

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