Ok, sorry about the rant, here's all the info I can figure out. I'm having problems just WRITING a DVD, let alone adding video to VideoWave.
I have a Dell Latitude D505 (laptop) with an "internal" NEC DVD+RW ND-6100A drive. I have 2GB of memory, a 5400rpm hard drive (160GB). I have an external USB hard drive that's 7200rpm (250GB).
I don't know that I have a video card per se; my display adapter says it's an Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller. I looked on the Dell sight, and they have an upgrade for "Intel Extreme Graphics 855 GM", which sounds like the right thing, what do you think?
I can't find any firmware upgrades for my DVD+RW drive. According to one site, the most current version of firmware for it is 104D, which is what I have. Here's a link to the specs, which will hopefully mean something to you.
As for the Dazzle stuff, I will post it in a different thread, I was just whining because that's how I got into this mess. Sorry about the misdirection.
I'm also sorry it took so long to respond to your post; my external hard drive failed (separate problem) and I had to go off and learn how to do data recovery really fast (success!).
I now find, by the way, that I can not even write a bunch of data files (.m4v's, if it matters) to a DVD as data. Sometimes it will write them, but won't close the DVD, it gives me errors, recommending I buy a different brand of DVD's. Same when doing DL (and we all know there are only like 2 brands for that, right)? I am using Fiju "up to 8x" DVD+R's. I went out and bought some TDK (1-16x), and it won't write to those at all.
Do you think harassing Dell into giving me a new DVD drive would help this problem? The only thing I've managed to do successfully with this Roxio software so far is create CD-R's, and I did manage to get one movie onto a DVD by creating an ISO file and then burning the DVD from the image. It's hard for me to believe that Roxio's software could be so buggy that I can't write data to DVD+R's or much of anything else for that matter.
I'd welcome any advice you can give me. Also, an opinion about whether the video driver listed on Dell's website is right would be helpful. I write computer applications, and haven't done anything with video stuff before, so this is a mystery to me. I could, however, write an application to track all the errors I'm having, and provide a metrics report complete with charts and graphs.
Thanks in advance,