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Software mode vs. hardware mode


pam_mortensen

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I have been reading the posts to try to learn the ins and outs of this program and have noticed several discussions on the difference in working in software mode vs. hardware mode...what exactly are you talking about? I edit my videos in Videowave and render using the little film reel icon, then take the finished product to Mydvd and build a DVD. Am I working in software mode?

 

Next question, there are many different ways to work around this programs little quirks...I have been having problems editing text (error codes then I have to store and close) and transitions. It seems some transitions make the system go crazy while others are just fine. Why have transitions if they don't work? What is up with the text edit thing?

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When you switch to 'software' rendering, all the 3D transitions and effects will no longer be available. If you used any of those, they should be replaced by another transition before rendering.

Actually Gary, I am having problems with any transition OTHER than the dissolve. I can't seem to get any of my favorite transitions to work no matter how I render.

 

I tried changing to "software" and still can't recover my work from yesterday. Guess I will have to start over.

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Sounds like the files have been corrupted somehow. Sometimes better to start over.

I just finished my movie....spent all day recreating what I did yesterday. It really turned out nice. I just wish this program worked without all the headaches because I really think when it does work it is a very good program.

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Open Videowave or MyDVD

Click on TOOLS and then OPTIONS

At the top you will see a graphics test button.

Click it

When the test is finished, does the 'dot' stay on hardware or software?

 

This test determines if your video card fully supports DirectX 9. Videowave/MyDVD 9 is the only software that I know which actually uses the graphics processor for video rendering. If your video card does not support this, the graphics test should default to 'software'.

 

Sounds like you have a laptop. make sure you have the latest nVidia drivers for the go7600 and the latest DirectX (FEB 2 07)

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Open Videowave or MyDVD

Click on TOOLS and then OPTIONS

At the top you will see a graphics test button.

Click it

When the test is finished, does the 'dot' stay on hardware or software?

 

This test determines if your video card fully supports DirectX 9. Videowave/MyDVD 9 is the only software that I know which actually uses the graphics processor for video rendering. If your video card does not support this, the graphics test should default to 'software'.

 

Sounds like you have a laptop. make sure you have the latest nVidia drivers for the go7600 and the latest DirectX (FEB 2 07)

 

Thanks Gary!

 

That was easy...yes, it stays on Hardware...is that good? And yes, I have a HP Pavillion dv9000 laptop, with and expansion base. It is actually never out of the base, I don't know why I have the laptop! My DH thought I might want to take my work with me, I guess. I have the latest Direct X 9 and the latest nVidia driver for my dv9000.

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Even though the test stays on hardware, you may want to try it on software if you are having trouble with transitions - especially 3D transitions like page turns/curls.

 

MAKE SURE you have the latest DirectX. DirectX is NOT updated with Windows Update!!! Just click on the link in my last post. That will take you to the Microsoft download page. The update was released yesterday.

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Even though the test stays on hardware, you may want to try it on software if you are having trouble with transitions - especially 3D transitions like page turns/curls.

 

MAKE SURE you have the latest DirectX. DirectX is NOT updated with Windows Update!!! Just click on the link in my last post. That will take you to the Microsoft download page. The update was released yesterday.

 

Thank you, yes...I did the update from your link. I am going to change to "software" and see if videowave will bring back the work i did yesterday...will keep you posted!

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