There have been reports on these forums of DVD projects hanging when a Chapter Menu page is added to a project. The same project without a Chapter Menu works OK.
I have spent quite a bit of time picking this issue apart. I noticed that the “loading circle” – or whatever it’s called: it used to be an hourglass in the old days - behaved in a certain way during the creation of a Chapter Menu. This behavior served as the basis for my approach to find a work-around for this issue. The goal is to get the Chapter Menu page to load. If you can do that – even if it’s only with a single chapter – you should be able to add chapters inside the Chapter Menu page and get it to work.
I have found a work-around that works for me. Hopefully it will work for others also. Even if it doesn’t work for everybody, perhaps it will provide some insight into what’s causing this issue.
Some of the following smacks of superstition but it’s my understanding that it’s only superstition if it doesn’t work. Ha!
Although I had this issue in Creator 2010, Creator 2011 & Creator 2012, I used Creator 2012 for the troubleshooting that led to this work-around.
The source materials are 1-hour long HD Tivo files. These files are transferred over my home network to my computer. I do a small amount of editing of the source material and usually wind up with a file that is around 53 minutes long. I place 3 markers spaced roughly 13 minutes – 15 seconds apart and then I click the “Send to myDVD button”.
When myDVD comes to life, I click on the “AVCHD” option. Once the project loads I change the menu style – I use “GreenFlow”.
Once the project loads the new menu style, I edit the Titles and such to my liking. I choose “8.5 GB” for the Disc Size.
In the Project View Pane, I click the Production. This will cause all the options in the Edit Pane to come alive
In the Edit Pane, I click on Edit Movie. I then change the markers I placed during the video editing to chapter markers and note each markers exact position on the time-line.
I click back to myDVD and, in the Project View, click the Production again.
In the Edit Pane, I click on Edit Chapters.
The “Edit Chapters” box opens and the Chapter Markers automatically populate the chapter pane with icons for each chapter. I click OK and the “Edit Chapters” box closes.
And now the fun begins…
In the Project View Pane there are now 4 icons, numbered 1-4, under the Chapter Menu. I recommend saving the project at this point as it will speed things up the next time when the project implodes.
On my computer clicking on the Chapter Menu in the Project View without a lengthy pause will cause the project to hang immediately. On my computer a wait of 30 seconds is usually enough but I wait 60 seconds just to be sure.
Once a suitable amount of time has passed, click on Chapter Menu in the Project View. At this point the little spinning “loading circle” will show up and disappear once for each chapter plus one additional “loading circle”. If things are working right the Chapter Menu will open for editing in the Preview Pane.
If things aren’t working right, the project hangs at this point.
Use the computer’s task manager to put myDVD out of its misery and restart myDVD. Since you saved the project just prior to the hang point, you can open the project and you should be right back where you were just a few minutes earlier.
In the Project View Pane, click on Production – the Edit Pane’s options are now all alive. In the Edit Pane, click on Edit Chapters then remove the last chapter and click OK.
The Chapter Menu in the Project View Pane now has 3 chapters beneath it.
After I wait 60 seconds, I click on Chapter Menu in the Project View and the Chapter Menu page – for these projects - will now load properly.
That’s great but I’m missing a chapter that I wanted to have. That’s OK. Once one gets the Chapter Menu page to load you can add chapters from inside the Chapter Menu page and – for my project – the project remains stable.
In the Chapter Menu page, right click on a Chapter button. A menu box will appear with a variety of options: click on “Edit Chapters”. Since I noted the times on the time-line for where I wanted each chapter to be, I select a point on the time-line that corresponds to that time and click “Add Chapter Here”. Then I click OK. The final chapter I wanted now populates the Chapter Menu page.
A little light editing work and the project is ready to burn.
I’ve been successful using this approach all but one time. In that instance I had to pick a new location for the last chapter before it would work.
Again, the goal is to get the Chapter Menu page to load. If you can do that – even if it’s only with a single chapter – you should be able to add chapters inside the Chapter Menu page and get it to work.
I hope this is helpful.