This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
The easiest way is to use a program that does it for you. Ulead's "DVD
PictureShow" will create VideoCD or DVD discs with your photos on them.
More information is available at http://www.ulead.com/. A similar
product is PictureToTV from http://www.picturetotv.com/.
The first step is to make sure your DVD player can play CD-R media.
Create an audio CD on CD-R media, put it into your DVD player, and try to
play it. If it works, great. If it doesn't, try the experiment again,
this time with CD-RW media. If neither works, or CD-R doesn't work and
you can't record CD-RW discs, you're out of luck. See section (2-13) for
more about DVD players and compatibility.
The next step is to find a way to display the photos. Some DVD players can
display PhotoCD discs, but there isn't a way to create "real" PhotoCD discs
with currently available software (see section (3-9-1)).
The alternative is to create a VideoCD with still frames. Each still frame
is a medium sized (704x480 in NTSC) JPEG image. By gathering these into a
collection, you can create a VideoCD "slide show" that will play on most
DVD players. Be careful though: a fair percentage of DVD players do not
support VideoCD. You should be able to figure this out by looking through
the manual. If no reference to VideoCD can be found, you'll just have to
try it and see.
See section (3-16-1) for more about VideoCD.
The MPV (MultiPhoto/Video) specification was announced in November 2002.
It's purpose is to define a standard way of storing pictures, videos,
and audio on digital media. This should allow you to create discs with
multimedia content easily and display them on compatible DVD players.
The HighMAT specification, announced in October 2002, does similar things.
See section (2-49).