Thanks for your replies guys, sorry for delay. My daughter got married on Saturday so have been busy and worse for wear. Whether I ever get the video done remains to be seen as I am too big a dummy to even do a simple slideshow!
And Jim, thanks for your latest, I should get this done fairly quickly now.
Now I will answer your earlier queries & comments as best I can.
Screen res is 1600x900 (recommended) and will not go higher although there are lower options. If I have to change it every time I use C2011, I will stay disappointed.
I didn't jump all over the map, I only followed the direction the tutorial and the program led me.
Yes, I did study the slideshow tutorial first.
Then I followed Home > Photo > Create Slideshows, which not only seems logical but is also the way demonstrated in the tutorial. This leads you to Slideshow Assistant which any dummy would expect from its title to be the one to create a slideshow.
I didn't even know about Videowave until I looked up properties for the Slideshow files that I found in MyDocs. How would I since it's not in the tutorial?
I have not consciously used Videowave up to this point.
Below are the files I have in MyDocs. I am quite sure I did not create these as I would not have saved them in this location and I would have named them better if I knew they were going in there.
I still don't understand how or why I have got 4 versions of each file type as I have only worked on one project and these do all seem to relate to it!
Below are the files I have in MyPics. This IS where I think I deliberately saved them and I did not rename them as they are in the same folder as the photos used in creating the show.
Yes, they are large files as I did start with a show of about 700 pics! Maybe this was running before I could walk but it honestly didn't look too difficult from the tutorial. In fact it hasn't been difficult as such – just confusing. E.g. (i) Files named Cinemagic when there is no such app in the suite, but open with MyDVD. (ii) Files named Slideshow that open with Videomagic, an app not yet used. (iii) Slideshow.dat files as well as Slideshow, more than doubling used disc space (although I do have enough). (iv) Multiple versions of the same project files, which shouldn't happen, but somehow it has. (v) Files created by MyDVD app named Cinemagic in one place but DVD Project File in another. It's the program itself that seems all over the map and not very logical !
Regarding soundtrack, below is screen shot of the Audio window from Slideshow Assistant. The smartsound track chosen is only 30 seconds long (as are all the others I've tried) but the loop option is greyed out and does not work. So how can I get a one hour soundtrack?
Anyway, since your replies I have had a better look, but only quickly so far, at Videowave and it does seem a good starting point as you have advised. I see it does have Cinemagic Assistant and Slideshow Assistant options though – so can you confirm that you are advising to steer clear of these? But instead always start with Add Photo/Video?
Would it be possible to open all the Slideshow files I already have (one by one) in Videowave to compare and see which is best to continue with?
And then is it safe to delete the rest?
Alternatively, depending on your replies, I might decide to scrap everything and start over with Videowave from scratch. I will restart with a new MyDVD anyway.
Any further answers greatly appreciated, thanks.
PS I have now had a look at Jim's workflow post which is excellent – I just wish I'd known about it earlier.
I am also slowly working through Karri's equally brilliant VW tips.
But I wouldn't be surprised if there are more queries to come.