ok... I can now add black bars, I am annoyed that it takes so many steps... and this only partially solves my problem.
ok, now I can add 1 widescreen video. If I try to add more, it just overrides the previous movies added (like, say I import 3 "productions" to MyDVD, rather then getting the 3 movies, I get 3 links to the same movie. Like, it does not seem to understand having more then one Videowave production in a movie.
on that subject (they might be the same problem) is there a faster way to create videowave projects then having to save and close your project everytime you want to add a movie? Like, is there a button in MyDVD that will open Videowave again without having to close my project? and the last thing I want to do is wait for it to re-encode the video, add it to the DVD, and be forced to wait for it to re-encode again when I could do it in one motion.
a usage question: if you have say, 4 videos in Videowave, and you import it. Is it possible to have them count as seprerate videos (this could save me the trouble of trying to create more then one production and having all but 1 not work)
re-aprouching my first issue... I continued to try to fiddle with just having the "widescreen" recognised by the DVD players so that they would know to letter box it (my DVD players have "4:3 letterbox" and "widescreen" as options. and are all on "4:3 letterbox"). [ADDED: My girlfriend DVD player apparently senses to see if widescreen is an option, and it detects that the DVD I gave her only has full screen on it, so it can't change the display with that DVD in at all.]
To my programing side, it would apear that the DVDs are not coded right to let the DVD players know that they need to switch to a letterbox format when they go to the widescreen video (again, all other widescreen DVD other then what Roxio 9 creates don't have this problem, including store bought DVDs that I can ensure are also true anamorphic widescreen). So I tried having ONLY 16:9 videos with a 16:9 menu (thinking perhaps that if the menu was 16:9 it would solve the problem because the screen would never been in 4:3 in the first place) but then I recieved an "error encoding menu".