Thanks for your quick reply. Not only was it helpful, but it generated several more questions – if you don’t mind.
First, let me complete (I hope) the description of my computer. It is a Dell desktop E510 and the display adaptor is Radeon X600 256MB Hypermemory. As I wrote in the previous email, the other info about the computer is that it is 4 years old, is running XP media edition, Service Pack3, 2GB RAM, 3.2GHz Pentium D. My hard disc has 66 GB of free space. And, as far as I know, a year or so ago, at the prompting of Creator 2009, I downloaded and installed the most recent driver, which was dated 2006.
I seem to have been unclear here. No, I would never do that. I never thought I had a computer problem. The problems I was encountering happened when I was using past versions of Creator. As I said, I liked many features of Creator and was hoping that a newer version would fix some of the problems I was having.
To be honest, I definitely shy away from opening the computer’s case. My reluctance is based on a couple of problems, a long time ago, that were caused by whatever I did under the hood.
I have, in fact, often looked at task manager to view what was using resources. That, in part, was a reason for me not running Paint Shop Pro – and IE as well – when using Creator. I now occasionally check task manager just before, and sometimes during the use of Creator, In fact, I did just that earlier today when I started VideoWave (email closed, antivirus off) and tried again to produce a video with no black panels. The black panels returned again, but in different locations. Tried a second time: same result but black panels in still different locations.
You used the term 3D transitions. I never really thought about them that way but, yes, I guess many do give the impression of 3D. However, almost all the transitions in most of the videos I make and burn (including the most recent) are dissolves – the default transitions from Slideshow Assistant - which don’t strike me as 3D. But more than just my impressions, is there an objective way to tell the difference between a 2D transition and a 3D transition?
Moreover, references to rendering are puzzling to me. After I read the posts and saw both “software rendering” and “hardware rendering” I realized that never thought about the difference between the two and, in fact, never knew there was a distinction. So I did a little web searching earlier today, but came away with the feeling that I had learned nothing. You say that
From this, I assume that, by default, Creator uses software rendering? Am I correct in this assumption?
Another assumption is that hardware rendering doesn’t use the CPU. What does hardware rendering use?
This raises another question. Do I have the option, using Creator 2009, to select software or hardware rendering? If so, how do I do that?
I appreciate your reading thus far. I will end with one last item that deals, I guess, with the video card. My wife's computer is over 9 years old. It is slow and often unresponsive. Our plans are, within the next couple of months, to buy a new computer for me and pass my current computer to her. Since I will continue to do this video thing, do you have suggestions about the video card in the next computer. One easy response is to get the top of the line offered. However, I know video cards can be expensive. Is there some recommendation that you can make in terms of minimum (rather than maximum) specifications of the video card that should go into the new computer?
Again, thank you for you reply and for considering the matters I have written in this posting.