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  1. Sir, I have been plagued with this problem in recent days with an older version of VideoWave, I've been using Roxio Creator for several years and have been continually frustrated by random VideoWave crashes. The problem is exacebated by the length of time it takes to save and reload large production chapters (I produce chapters of up to an hour in length). I read your post here because I wondered if the latest version of Creator might cure this problem and was very disappointed to see from your post that VideoWave's failure to work properly hadn't been cured. However, reading some other threads on this forum brought up something I hadn't known about or tried, This was a mention that Videowave didn't like too great a Windows Desktop text size magnification ratio. Here's what I did with a good outcome: I went into <Control Panel> <Display> and noticed that on my 1920 x 1080 resolution monitor I had set a Custom Text Size of 110%. Although this was less that a post had suggested was the maximum Roxio would work with (125%), I changed my Desktop Text Size to 100%. This required a re-boot to take effect and messes up the positioning of the Desktop icons. However, since making this change, I have not experienced the adding media items to VideoWave problem you decribe and have not suffered any more VideoWave random crashes. I thus suggest you check your Windows Desktop Text Size setting, and if it is not 100%, then change it to 100% and see if you are as lucky as I am. It is attrocious that Roxio has produced a package that is so fussy with what seems to be totally unrelated Windows settings. I have spent eons communicating with Roxio about VideoWave crashes and got nowhere, so it appears they don't even know what causes their application instability and have done absolutely nothing to fix it or to warn users of this Windows setting restriction. Roxio have had this problem since at least Creator version 9 and keep producing new versions with little or no improvement. In my frustration I recently tried trial versions of 3 competing packages, which all utilise 64 bit architecture and take seconds to save or load a project. However, I keep getting stuck with Roxio Creator as my moving making has taken full advantage of all the flexibility in editing stills, movie clips, sound and text, which none of the competition can equal. - Rant over for the moment.
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    Videowave Problem

    Same thing happens with me using Roxio 2010. Have you tried using software rendering mode? I only get this problem in hardware rendering mode. If this is the case, I would be interested to know as it would confirm to me that updating to Roxio 2011 would be a waste of money as it would appear they haven't fixed many rendering problems that I experience.
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    Roxio HD AVC rendering engine flawed?

    I have the same problem with .MOV files created by a Panasonic camera when used in an AVCHD production. I thought I tried conversion to mpeg2 without success but it was some time ago, so I'll try again next time I want to include any .MOV files as a result of your experience. Thanks.
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    Transitions

    I get the same problem with simple "disolve" transitions. The problem occurs when "Hardware Rendering" is selected but doesn't occur when "Software Rendering" is selected. However, when I come to burn an AVCHD disc with MyDVD, Software rendering fails after about the first 20 minutes so I have to use Hardware rendering. The "blackout" transitions occur for about the first 10 odd transitions and then they start working as they should. Roxio have failed to find any solution to the problem and have given up on it. My system is an i5 running Win 7 Pro X64, 8Gb memory with a Nvidia GTS250 video card.
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    AVCHD Rendering times

    The only way to try encoding without using Cuda I have found is in the "Project Settings" menu: 1. In "Preset" select something other than "Same as Original" or "Fit to Disc", i.e. "High Quality(HQ)" 2. You now find you can check the box labeled "2 pass encoding (creates higher quality video but takes longer)" 3. Burn with these settings and the old rendering preview returns in place of the "Cuda" logo, but it is slow and I didn't notice any better quality and it didn't fix any of the problems I was trying to overcome. Anyway, if you want to see if disabling Cuda fixes your synch problem, then the above is what I suggest you do. (I use a 2.67GHz i5 quad core, Nvidia GTS250 1GB, 8GB RAM and Windows 7 Pro 64-bit but end up having to "Burn" productions on a Vista dual core laptop as Roxio 2010 has a number of unacceptabel rendering problems on this machine that I can't overcome)
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    Videowave 2009 Pan & Zoom Editor

    P.S. I notice that the "Advanced" option in Creator 2009's VideoWave doesn't have calibration on the time bar either, so what on earth were they thinking of? My guess is there were trying to reduce the size of the application code so they could add more bloat in predefined effects etc .... This is very annoying Mr Sonic Solutions, I didn't fork out for a new version to get reduced functionality.
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    Videowave 2009 Pan & Zoom Editor

    Now I think of it, I think you are right. I think there used to me a "Manual", "Preset" & "Avanced", "Manual" (or whatever it was called) has disappeared and there is now a "Custom" choice in "Preset" and they have forgotten that if this is supposed to replace "Manual" the time bar isn't calibrated. So it looks like someone thinking he was making things more slick has reduced the usability without realising it. Why they continue with "Preset" at all mystifies me as no predefined pan and/or zoom will suite all pictures, if any at all and they would have been better to ditch that mode, at least for those of us who want to do a decent project. I take all my photos in 3:2 and use the pan/zoom at least to get the picture to fill the 16:9 frame, now if they had presets to do that with 4:3 and 3:2 image formats, that might save people a lot of time. I'm tempted to go back to Creator 9 but then it had too many bugs, like not closing applications properly and hanging when one did an insert fade effect between all pictures.
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    Videowave 2009 Pan & Zoom Editor

    Thanks Gary, it's just the majority of what I do doesn't need advanced mode and it was much simpler to use standard mode when one was importing hundreds of stills into projects. Can you ask your Roxio contacts if the timescale was removed deliberately or did the bit of code get accidentally dropped off? I would much rather it was still there in the standard mode.
  9. In Creator 9.0, the VideoWave Pan & Zoom Editor had the time bar calibrated in seconds, which is very useful for deciding when you want still picture pan & zoom to start and end relative to the start and end of the display time of the picture, especially when one has a fade out and fade in. However, in Creator 2009's VideoWave the time bar is uncalibrated, resulting in having to use a"suck it and see" iterative edit process. Why has such a retrograde step been taken in the new version?
  10. Hi all, I hope this subject hasn't already been covered but I couldn't find anything applicable after a quick scan of the forum. Panasonic's latest digital cameras can record movies in an official but cut down version of AVCHD called AVCHD-Lite. Unfortunately, having upgraded to Creator 2009 for its AVCHD compatability, I find the Roxio MPEG conversion of AVCHD-Lite movie files produces unusable MPEG files. The MPEG files produced only display the first few seconds in Videowave with increasing picture distortion on the right hand side and they won't play in Power DVD. The AVCHD-Lite files convert perfectly in a conversion application such as Winff, so I guess the Roxio converter is not up to speed on the -Lite files. Anyone else found the same? Is it possible for the Roxio converter to be updated to handle the AVCHD-Lite format?
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    Any Efficient Way Of Avchd Files Conversion?

    I upgraded to Creator 2009 specifically for import of AVCHD (Lite admittedly) directly into Videowave. It claims to do the conversion but the MPEG file created is unusable. Fortunately I had already found an alternative converter that works perfectly and will do batch conversion, which is what I think you are looking for. So if you are prepared to do your batch conversion before employing Roxio Creator applications, the free and downloadable WINFF application will be ideal. It is a bit odd because Winff is just a GUI interface for using programmable presets already available from mpegff. Thus you make your selections in Winff and the conversion runs in a DOS Window but it is very fast. Here is the download link: http://winff.org/html/downloads.html Hope this solves your problem
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