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  1. dawnmichele

    Audio But No Visual

    Hi, I use Roxio Creator 2010 to make slideshow videos using VideoWave and MYDVD. I've been using this Roxio version for a couple of years now with very few problems. Lately, though, I often get parts of my DVD projects that have the audio but not the visual when I burn to an ISO file. Basically, here's what I do: I create productions in VideoWave with photos and music and an occasional video clip then export them as video files using AVC Better Quality. I then combine all of the video files (usually between 4 and 8 of them) into a new VideoWave project and use this project as the single "movie" in MYDVD. This is when I burn to the ISO file. They're generally 30 to 50 minutes long. Because of the problem, I now shut down any programs running on my computer, including my anti-virus and backup programs. I thought this was helping, but apparently that's not the problem. Curiously, after I view the ISO image and see the problem, I reopen MYDVD and, without making any changes, burn it again. The second burn usually comes out okay. Sometimes, though, it takes a third try. Any ideas about what might be happening? It's becoming rather annoying. Thanks for your input.
  2. dawnmichele

    An Easier Way?

    Hi Greenjeans, Yaay, someone else trying to figure out how to do this. I'm not sure I can be much help since I don't really know what you mean by scenes. But, here's what I've learned in order to make one continuous music video without any pauses in the music or in between chapters. I make several individual VW productions for just that reason. I've found that the simplest way to control the continuity is to make one VW production for each song or music clip that I want to use. It takes a little planning ahead of time, but it's easy to adjust the timing of things if you have just one song in a production. The song ends automatically when the images stop. If the song is shorter or longer than the images, just adjust the duration of images. Each production then becomes a chapter. Again, I'm not sure what your scenes would be relative to these chapters, so this might not help you. Once I string together all of the individual VW productions in one VW file (thanks to Jim for that), and add a transition between them all, all of the productions transition into one another seamlessly in the final MyDVD video. No pauses in the music or the movie, unless they're intentional. Occasionally, I will use more than one song in a VW production. In this case, if there are pauses in the music, I either split out the silent parts at the end of songs, or I overlap the songs in the Timeline section and fade one out while the other fades in. This is a nice effect sometimes. Peace...Dawn
  3. dawnmichele

    An Easier Way?

    Hi Jim, You were so kind to give me a fix for what I'm doing, I thought I'd let you know how it all turned out... Excellent. I followed your instruction and added each of my VW productions to a blank VW production by typing in the .dmsm file names (now grown to 16). I added this new VW production to MyDVD as the movie and, voila, I have a final video that plays as one continuous movie (without all those pesky little pauses you get when you add each VW production as a separate movie). And, I can use the 16 individual panels as chapter markers. The best thing, though, is that I don't have to do all of that rendering anymore. No easy task for my poor old computer that's down to it's last 24GB of free space. There is one little glitch that I have to work on, though. The audio from a couple of the VW files doesn't come over when these files are added to the blank VW production. I haven't spent any time trying to figure this out yet, but I'm sure there's an easy fix. So, thanks again for the "work-around". Much appreciated. Peace...Dawn
  4. dawnmichele

    An Easier Way?

    Dear Jim Hardin, Digital Guru, Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is what I was hoping for...a way to add a VW production to a VW production. You are brilliant. I'll give it a try with a few of my current files. I love bugs! Have a great day...Dawn
  5. dawnmichele

    An Easier Way?

    Hello Jim Hardin, Digital Guru. Thanks for your input. Yeah, that's a good way to describe my videos. They're like a continuous music video with different songs. I guess I'll just keep doing what I do. It's time-consuming (and chews up a lot of hard disk space until I finalize everything), but the end product is decent. Have a great weekend...Dawn
  6. dawnmichele

    An Easier Way?

    Hi. I've been using these Roxio products for a couple of years to make simple videos. Photos with music and an occasional video clip thrown in. Currently, I'm using Creator 2009 and here's what I typically do: 1. Put photos with song into VideoWave. I generally have several of these VideoWave productions for each video I make since I create one VideoWave production for each song. My current project has 12 songs with related photos, so 12 VideoWave productions. 2. I output each VideoWave production to a video file using the AVCHD 1080i setting. I use this because the first time I used a 720p output setting and the video was fuzzy when played on an HD TV. The video files that are output say they are MPEG-4 Movie files. I'm not at all certain that this is the best setting to use. My current project, then, has 12 MPEG-4 Movie files. 3. I put all of the 12 MPEG-4 files into one VideoWave production. I do this because I want to have just one movie in my DVD project once I get there. I like to be able to have each song as a chapter. 4. I create a a DVD project in MyDVD and add this VideoWave production (the one with the 12 MPEG-4 files) as the movie. Then I burn to a DVD. They come out as I want them to, but I'm thinking I've complicated things too much. Is there a better way to do this? Thanks...Dawn
  7. dawnmichele

    Dvd Menu Audio Length

    Ah, thank you...I missed that.
  8. dawnmichele

    Dvd Menu Audio Length

    I actually have this goofy song that I would like to have played full length on the menu of this DVD I'm currently putting together. Is there any way to do that? I'm using Creator 2009, MyDVD. I'm not sure if one of the preset menus allows for this, so I thought I'd ask you all before I start pulling them up one by one. Have a great day...Dawn Michele
  9. dawnmichele

    Menu Madness

    Oh, thanks for letting me know. It was making me crazy there for a while trying to figure out what was going on. Sorry to bring up old wounds. Peace...
  10. dawnmichele

    Menu Madness

    Hi. I'm trying to figure out a mysterious problem in the menus using MyDVD. When I go to Edit Menu Background and then click on Back to MyDVD, the settings of my menu change. The audio is gone and the motion duration goes to 30 seconds, no matter what the setting was before. I didn't make a single change in the edit screen. So then, I put the audio back in and adjust the motion duration again and save the project file. But, if I close the file and reopen it, the audio is gone and the motion duration is back to 30 seconds. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a way to get around it? Thanks...Dawn Michele
  11. dawnmichele

    Can I Burn Hd Video With Standard Dvd Burner?

    Yeah, I'm thinking I need to free up my computer for about 3 days to get this burned! Here's my basic info: Pentium4 2.66Ghz 4GB RAM NIVIDA GeForce FX 5200 Windows XP The file size using the AVCHD format is 4124.5MB (on LP setting). The file size using the standard DVD format, on the HQ setting, is about the same. There's 50 minutes of video in the project with a menu and sub-menus for chapters. Thanks for all your input...Dawn Michele
  12. dawnmichele

    Can I Burn Hd Video With Standard Dvd Burner?

    I only let it run for about 10 minutes, but it's moving at about the same pace as when it's set to Burn to Disk. Hmmm...
  13. dawnmichele

    Can I Burn Hd Video With Standard Dvd Burner?

    Oh, haven't tried that...I'll do it now. Thanks...
  14. dawnmichele

    Can I Burn Hd Video With Standard Dvd Burner?

    Hi. I will be happy to let you know the outcome of this little experiment. But, I've been unable, so far, to actually burn a disc using this format. I've tried twice now, but my computer slows to a snail's pace. I have about 60GB of free space on my hard drive and 4GB of RAM. But, after 16 hours of encoding this project in MyDVD (Creator 2009), it's only 20% complete. I had to cancel it so I could work this morning. While it's encoding, my CPU usage is 100%. If I burn a disc with the same video in the regular DVD format, it's fine. It's all very mysterious to me, but when I figure it out I'll let you know. Have a great day...Dawn Michele
  15. dawnmichele

    Where Did The Menus Go?

    No, no it's so funny you said that. Since I wrote that question, that song has been stuck in my head. Now we're both doomed for the rest of the day with it!
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