I've got about 50 years of family pictures and slides (a lot) to convert to digital images before next Christmas. For the last couple of months, I've been learning how to create slideshows as well as adjust/resize/combine images.
1) What image format is the best (and fastest) for slide-show creators (like Roxio) to work with? (or does it make any difference)
2) What are the best pixel image sizes to completely fill the screen for NTSC 4x3 (and what % should be assigned to the safe-zone for Tube-TV's) , as well as the HD formats 720 & 1080 (16x9)? (if any) (I can manipulate image sizes as well as combine 2 smaller images into one larger image if needed to fill the screen. I just hate to view a slideshow and have a large image followed by a small one, then a medium one, etc,---- so image distortion usually won't be a problem
3) Do any of the auto-levels (auto-contrast, auto-color, etc) actually work? I haven't found an auto-level setting on the consumer (reasonably-priced) image-manipulation software that works for all images, however, I've been playing around with an older Pshop and it seems that a batch process with auto-contrast first, then followed by auto-color, seems to work the best for all-images with fewer discards to manually process (usually skin-tone problems). (but just using "auto-levels" in a batch file doesn't do it)
4) What is the best scanner for the money to buy for scanning both pictures and slides? thx