Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, None of the above applies since all my DVDs are 1h:6m or less in length (trimmed if necessary to fit within the maximum allowed for a particular HQ, single-layer standard DVD), NTSC 16:9 format. (DVD space used and available is clearly visible at the bottom of the main MyDVD page during assembly). I do a progressive burn on all my DVDs. Incidentally, videos I use to produce DVDs are all rendered in 1920x1080 format.
I've run many tests and previewed the results played back on both a wide-screen TV and another with regular dimensions. In both cases, the settings I described above have proven to produce the best results for playing back wide screen formatted movies. I've shared a few DVDs with a friend in New Zealand (among other friends and family members) and none have experienced problems viewing the DVDs I produce.
Currently, my DVD library contains 68 DVDs created using the configuration described above and all play fine with the cursor visible. A number of them were produced after a clean uninstall/re-install to resolve the invisible cursor issue. What causes player controls to disappear during assembly is a great mystery to me. I've spent countless hours trying to identify the cause. When I opened this thread, I was sitting at the keyboard with a MyDVD project pending because the player cursor was invisible. In other words, the DVD burn (MyDVD) project was ready for rendering except the play menu controls were invisible. Want to hear something real funny?
I decided this morning to go ahead and do one more clean uninstall/re-install (I've lost count of the number of times I've done this over the past few months) while waiting for C2012 to arrive. Afterwards, I loaded the project and "Bingo!", the player controls were visible and functioning perfectly, exactly as set to function. Incidentally, the Leaves menu template was used and I changed absolutely nothing to make the player controls reappear except to do a clean uninstall/re-install of C2010. (In the past, I have occasionally replaced the menu background but I've never had an occasion to think that influenced the player controls.)
As I type this reply, the DVD is burning (the bell just rang that it was finished) and it will play back (like all the others) in perfect fashion, complete with play controls visible exactly the way they were set to play. (I just used Windows Media Player to play the .VOB file containing the menu and the pretty little leaf control button was visible and worked like a charm!)
But, true to form, as with many, many times past, the cursor will once again become invisible during assembly using MyDVD C2010. And I'll have not a clue as to why.
I may be beating dead horse by now, but my menus are relatively simple (Main menu only, maximum of 8 movie selections) and movie selections are set to play from the selection point to the end of the last selection on the menu (in movie fashion) before returning to the menu.
If what I have just written makes no sense to the reader, perhaps it is because the issue makes absolutely no sense to me beyond experiencing a severe software flaw. Sometimes we can work around a software flaw, sometimes we can't. That's all I know to say about this issue unless someone has a specific question to ask.