I have been running into this problem for some time now. It got to the point that I switched softwares and tried a whole host of others (Sony, Pinnacle, Adobe, ...). Every time I came back to Creator 2010 as it was the most intuitive to use. I believe now I have finally found the problem.
As you started above, the issue is when creating AVCHD projects on DVD (it may be on Blu-ray as well but I have not tried it yet). The real problem that causes "Project_BuildToDevice() AuthorScript call failed. Error while Writing Format." error to be generated is when you insert an MPEG-4 files into MyDVD menus. MPEG-4 files are generated when creating AVCHD 1920x1080i type of files (either in MyDVD or in VideoWave). Try avoiding MPEG-4 (.mp4) files when working in Creator 2009 or 2010 altogether. Instead use MPEG-2 High Definition 1080i (do not use 1080p as it will fail) files always. I have compiled my findings in great detail and if followed carefully, it will work every single time. I have tested this over and over. Here are the steps:
1) Slide shows (still photos)
- when editing still photos into slides and you wish to achieve the highest picture quality, following are the steps to follow:
- create a project in Videowave and setup a slide show as usual. Once the slide show is completed save the project.
- Export the project (Output --> Export as) into a video file using "MPEG-2 High Definition 1080i" format (do not use
AVCHD 1920x1080i as it will create an MPEG-4 file and will generate "Project_BuildToDevice() AuthorScript call failed.
Error while Writing Format." error later on when you start burning an ISO image)
- Once you've completed all of your slide shows in Videowave and exported them as MPEG-2 HD 1080i files, goto MyDVD and create
an AVCHD project and create your menus.
- Insert the slide show Video Files (Add Video/Photo option) into the menu and organize them with audio and transitions as usual.
- When completed, save the MyDVD AVCHD project and burn it into an ISO file.
There are two types of video sources that you can create from: Standard Definition source (DV tapes) and High Definition source (hard drive
SD Card).In both cases, if you are creating an AVCHD project in MyDVD you need to do the following:
a) Standard Definition Source - when creating videos from SD tapes, import/capture the video in "DV AVI" (not MPEG2) format onto the computer
hard drive. You do not need to use Videowave to create video files for SD videos. Simply use MyDVD and insert the DV AVI files into the menus
and edit them.
High Definition Source - when creating videos from HD source, from MyDVD, simply import them in there native format and insert them into the
menus and edit them (into chapeters, etc). Alternatively, you can also use VideoWave. Import them into VideoWave or if already imported simply
add them into a new project and create the video, then export the project as an "MPEG-2 High Definition 1080i" video file (do not use
AVCHD 1920x1080i as it will create an MPEG-4 file and will generate "Project_BuildToDevice() AuthorScript call failed.Error while Writing Format."
error later on when you start burning an ISO image)
- Use VideoWave to create the Cinemagic show and then export it as an "MPEG-2 High Definition 1080i" file. Use this file in MyDVD to build
the AVCHD program.
I hope this helps all of the frustrated yet loyal users of Roxio Creator 2009/2010.