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Last week I was trying to create multiple slideshows and play them back to back in sequence. I wasn't creating any menus, but simple slideshows with audio tracks fit to each slideshow. I have used Roxio Creator 12 before with good results, but this time I ran into multiple problems.

 

The slideshows always played fine in preview mode, but didn't play correctly on a stand alone DVD player after I burned the slideshows. However, it would play on my 2 pc's after I burned the DVD.

 

I created the multiple VOB files and then went into copy and convert. I then put them in the order I wanted and it burned fine. However, the DVD would only play correctly on my pc. I had 7 slideshows and 5 of them played fine on a stand alone dvd player (I have 4 - 2 blu-ray and 2 standard dvd players) and neither one would play the dvd correctly. On two of the larger slideshows, I got video, but no audio. The audio in those slideshows had been edited in Audacity for length. I wondered if the audio files had been corrupted so I then changed the output file format and saved it to a wav file instead of mp3. They then played correctly on a stand alone dvd player, but each slideshow beginning with the second one would skip anywhere from 6-9 frames into the slideshow. I had edited other audio tracks on the other slideshows that only contained one song and they played fine even when saving in mp3 format. I don't know what caused the problem by saving to mp3 because the input file was a mp3 file.

 

I tried burning the disk and creating an iso file, back to creating the vob files and nothing worked completely. Again, it played fine for the most part on a laptop and pc (three short hiccups during play, but at that point and being up all night, I gave up), but wouldn't on a stand alone dvd player. They continued to skip forward at the beginning of each slideshow. I know the other pictures were on the slideshow because I could hit previous and it would go back to the beginning and play them. It just wouldn't do it correctly when it played in sequence on a stand alone dvd player.

 

I have two different pc's with Roxio Creator 12 that I was using. One is a Dell XPS 8300, Windows 7 Pro SP1, 16 GB RAM, i7-2600 CPU 3.4 GHz, AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series, 1.5 TB hard drive. The other was a Vostro 400, Windows XP Pro SP3, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core2 Quad 2.4 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT, 750 GB hard drive.

 

Videowave constantly crashes on my 8300. I am to the point where I am going to uninstall and reinstall it. I can't even see the button where it says, "Open an existing project" anymore.

 

As I said, I have created slideshows before with small problems, but I had multiple ones where the slideshow never burned correctly. Any suggestions, hints or help would be appreciated.

 

Edit: I have been using Sony DVD-R's and Staples DVD-R's 16x. Either one gives me the same problem on the stand alone DVD player.

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Hello,

 

Last week I was trying to create multiple slideshows and play them back to back in sequence. I wasn't creating any menus, but simple slideshows with audio tracks fit to each slideshow. I have used Roxio Creator 12 before with good results, but this time I ran into multiple problems.

 

The slideshows always played fine in preview mode, but didn't play correctly on a stand alone DVD player after I burned the slideshows. However, it would play on my 2 pc's after I burned the DVD.

 

I created the multiple VOB files and then went into copy and convert. I then put them in the order I wanted and it burned fine. However, the DVD would only play correctly on my pc. I had 7 slideshows and 5 of them played fine on a stand alone dvd player (I have 4 - 2 blu-ray and 2 standard dvd players) and neither one would play the dvd correctly. On two of the larger slideshows, I got video, but no audio. The audio in those slideshows had been edited in Audacity for length. I wondered if the audio files had been corrupted so I then changed the output file format and saved it to a wav file instead of mp3. They then played correctly on a stand alone dvd player, but each slideshow beginning with the second one would skip anywhere from 6-9 frames into the slideshow. I had edited other audio tracks on the other slideshows that only contained one song and they played fine even when saving in mp3 format. I don't know what caused the problem by saving to mp3 because the input file was a mp3 file.

 

I tried burning the disk and creating an iso file, back to creating the vob files and nothing worked completely. Again, it played fine for the most part on a laptop and pc (three short hiccups during play, but at that point and being up all night, I gave up), but wouldn't on a stand alone dvd player. They continued to skip forward at the beginning of each slideshow. I know the other pictures were on the slideshow because I could hit previous and it would go back to the beginning and play them. It just wouldn't do it correctly when it played in sequence on a stand alone dvd player.

 

I have two different pc's with Roxio Creator 12 that I was using. One is a Dell XPS 8300, Windows 7 Pro SP1, 16 GB RAM, i7-2600 CPU 3.4 GHz, AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series, 1.5 TB hard drive. The other was a Vostro 400, Windows XP Pro SP3, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core2 Quad 2.4 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT, 750 GB hard drive.

 

Videowave constantly crashes on my 8300. I am to the point where I am going to uninstall and reinstall it. I can't even see the button where it says, "Open an existing project" anymore.

 

As I said, I have created slideshows before with small problems, but I had multiple ones where the slideshow never burned correctly. Any suggestions, hints or help would be appreciated.

 

Edit: I have been using Sony DVD-R's and Staples DVD-R's 16x. Either one gives me the same problem on the stand alone DVD player.

 

Unfortunately in your long post there is very little information on how you created your project/slideshows.

 

What do you mean by multiple slideshows? With what program did your create them? The recommended method is to use Videowave. Is each slideshow a sparate project?

 

What do you mean by "created multiple vob files"? You cannot deliberately create vob files. They are created automatically when you "author" a DVD or burn a myDVD project to a folder set. Why would even use Copy and Convert?

 

How long in time is your final project, ie all slideshows?

Please explain a bit more exactly how you are proceeding.

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Unfortunately in your long post there is very little information on how you created your project/slideshows.

 

What do you mean by multiple slideshows? With what program did your create them? The recommended method is to use Videowave. Is each slideshow a sparate project?

 

What do you mean by "created multiple vob files"? You cannot deliberately create vob files. They are created automatically when you "author" a DVD or burn a myDVD project to a folder set. Why would even use Copy and Convert?

 

How long in time is your final project, ie all slideshows?

Please explain a bit more exactly how you are proceeding.

 

All slideshows (7 in all) were created separately in Roxio MyDVD with no menu. When you go to burn the DVD, you are given an option of burning the dvd, creating an iso file or a folder set. Within that folder set are the vob files. So, no I didn't create the vob files, but I chose the option to create the folder set. I thought that was self explanatory. My apologies.

 

There are 7 slideshows that are about 35 minutes in length total. I created 7 separate ones and had them running back to back. Again, I didn't use Videowave (because when I tried to it constantly crashed). I used Roxio MyDVD. I then used Copy and Convert to order the folder set because Roxio put the slideshows out of order from which I created them somehow. The largest ones were first instead of being in the order I created them. So, I sorted them and put them in the order I wanted. It worked for the most part except there was no audio on the larger slideshows with multiple songs. The audio played on my pc's, but not on a standalone dvd player for those 2 slideshows.

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All slideshows (7 in all) were created separately in Roxio MyDVD with no menu. When you go to burn the DVD, you are given an option of burning the dvd, creating an iso file or a folder set. Within that folder set are the vob files. So, no I didn't create the vob files, but I chose the option to create the folder set. I thought that was self explanatory. My apologies.

 

There are 7 slideshows that are about 35 minutes in length total. I created 7 separate ones and had them running back to back. Again, I didn't use Videowave (because when I tried to it constantly crashed). I used Roxio MyDVD. I then used Copy and Convert to order the folder set because Roxio put the slideshows out of order from which I created them somehow. The largest ones were first instead of being in the order I created them. So, I sorted them and put them in the order I wanted. It worked for the most part except there was no audio on the larger slideshows with multiple songs. The audio played on my pc's, but not on a standalone dvd player for those 2 slideshows.

 

It is best to use the correct terminology when describing what you are doing. We have no way of knowing what your level of experience and can only guess what you mean when you use terms like "create vob files".

 

Your way of using the "slideshow Assistant" to create your slideshow is really awkward and complicated.The recommended method is to use Videowave and create a slideshow project for each of the 7 slideshows and export each slideshow to separate video file (DVD mpeg, best quality). You then use myDVD and add each mpg file in the correct sequence.

 

If Videowave crashes for you then either there is a problem with your system or something in your project is causing the crash.

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Combining multiple Projects can be a hair ripper :lol:

 

I am hoping that you saved each MyDVD Project separately (*.dmsd file)???

 

If so, I can offer a pretty good solution to putting them together ;)

 

If not, it will get more interesting.

 

As far as the Audio on playback <_<

 

Confirm you have multiple slideshows on the same DVD?

 

And that there is Audio on some but not on others?

 

Some Players have trouble and you will need to switch to LPCM for the Audio:

 

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But that would be present for ALL of the movies, not just one or 2 :huh:

 

It would be a good idea for you to have a disc or 2 of DVD RW media that you can test things out with as we go along.

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It is best to use the correct terminology when describing what you are doing. We have no way of knowing what your level of experience and can only guess what you mean when you use terms like "create vob files".

 

Your way of using the "slideshow Assistant" to create your slideshow is really awkward and complicated.The recommended method is to use Videowave and create a slideshow project for each of the 7 slideshows and export each slideshow to separate video file (DVD mpeg, best quality). You then use myDVD and add each mpg file in the correct sequence.

 

If Videowave crashes for you then either there is a problem with your system or something in your project is causing the crash.

 

I simply start with clicking the "Create DVD's" button on the Home menu and create multiple slideshows with audio with no menu. I have done it before with good results. They stack up right behind each other and then I create the iso file or folder set. It usually doesn't take that long or is cumbersome. It's more cumbersome when Roxio doesn't encode correctly what I just previewed. Videowave crashes sometimes when I initially go to add audio just after adding my pictures. I've done nothing but add pictures and then it closes on its own. That's usually called a software bug. It has never happened in previous versions of Roxio that I've owned.

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Combining multiple Projects can be a hair ripper :lol:

 

I am hoping that you saved each MyDVD Project separately (*.dmsd file)???

 

If so, I can offer a pretty good solution to putting them together ;)

 

If not, it will get more interesting.

 

As far as the Audio on playback <_<

 

Confirm you have multiple slideshows on the same DVD?

 

And that there is Audio on some but not on others?

 

Some Players have trouble and you will need to switch to LPCM for the Audio:

 

post-39730-025318800 1336076357.jpg

But that would be present for ALL of the movies, not just one or 2 :huh:

 

It would be a good idea for you to have a disc or 2 of DVD RW media that you can test things out with as we go along.

 

Thanks for the suggestion. I will give that a try tonight. I create each slideshow separately, but they are all saved under one project. I have a banner picture at the start of each slideshow and a new audio track will start there. Maybe I need to put every picture into one huge slideshow and change the audio at the beginning of each banner page where I normally would start a slideshow?

 

As I said in the post before, I start with the Create DVDs button from the Home Menu which opens Roxio MyDVD. I then create multiple slideshows with no menu and add audio. I usually crossfade my tracks so I don't have any silence between pictures. I sometimes have to use Audacity to edit the songs for which I only want a certain amount of audio from that song.

 

I had 7 different slideshows for this project. 5 played the audio fine and 2 did not. All 7 would play on a pc however with audio. I had 3 small glitches in the video, but that seemed to be the encoding I would assume. That was tolerable for the time I had and when I had to complete it. I am now trying to polish it up, fix what I know was wrong and make it where someone can play the dvd on their own player.

 

I don't use Videowave a lot and I don't know all the bells and whistles. I can create something much quicker in the Slideshow Asst in Roxio MyDVD. I had to do this on the fly one night and it never worked properly. Maybe I should've used VideoWave, but I went with what I had used in the past that had worked for me.

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I simply start with clicking the "Create DVD's" button on the Home menu and create multiple slideshows with audio with no menu. I have done it before with good results. They stack up right behind each other and then I create the iso file or folder set. It usually doesn't take that long or is cumbersome. It's more cumbersome when Roxio doesn't encode correctly what I just previewed. Videowave crashes sometimes when I initially go to add audio just after adding my pictures. I've done nothing but add pictures and then it closes on its own. That's usually called a software bug. It has never happened in previous versions of Roxio that I've owned.

 

I would guess that there is something wrong with the audio that you are adding if Videowave crashes. That does not make it a software bug.

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I would guess that there is something wrong with the audio that you are adding if Videowave crashes. That does not make it a software bug.

 

That might be true except the program crashes before I can even add the audio.

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"VideoWave" is actually MyDVD as well as VideoWave :huh:

 

Your install is broken! You should be able to turn OFF your anti virus and start to install Creator 2012, only choose Repair when it is offerd. That should eliminate the crashes ;)

 

Let's see if we can fix what you have then later look at other ways of doing it.

 

Do the Repair first!

 

You do have the MyDVD Project files (dmsm) for the 2 offending slideshows that don't play audio???

 

Load one, select LCPM for the audio and burn it to a DVD RW disc. Try that disc out in other Players. (this will tell us if it is a player problem or something in the source file)

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"VideoWave" is actually MyDVD as well as VideoWave :huh:

 

Your install is broken! You should be able to turn OFF your anti virus and start to install Creator 2012, only choose Repair when it is offerd. That should eliminate the crashes ;)

 

Let's see if we can fix what you have then later look at other ways of doing it.

 

Do the Repair first!

 

You do have the MyDVD Project files (dmsm) for the 2 offending slideshows that don't play audio???

 

Load one, select LCPM for the audio and burn it to a DVD RW disc. Try that disc out in other Players. (this will tell us if it is a player problem or something in the source file)

 

According to post #7, the OP used the myDVD Slideshow Assistant to create the slideshow

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I'm guessing... from within MyDVD:

 

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Of course it wouldn't be the first time one of my Guesses bit me in the :lol:

 

Yes, you are correct. That is how the slideshows were created. One after another. Something simple thrown together. So, uninstall it and try to reinstall or try to reinstall again?

 

For my own sanity, I recreated everything in Windows Live Movie Maker. I even made a menu and I'm getting audio on the large slideshows. It also plays on a pc or standalone dvd player. So, it's something within Roxio Creator that is not encoding properly. However, that DVD still plays on a pc, but not a standalone dvd player.

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Yes, you are correct. That is how the slideshows were created. One after another. Something simple thrown together. So, uninstall it and try to reinstall or try to reinstall again?

 

For my own sanity, I recreated everything in Windows Live Movie Maker. I even made a menu and I'm getting audio on the large slideshows. It also plays on a pc or standalone dvd player. So, it's something within Roxio Creator that is not encoding properly. However, that DVD still plays on a pc, but not a standalone dvd player.

 

If the DVD plays on the PC then Roxio created the DVD correctly and it has nothing to do with encoding.

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Yes, you are correct. That is how the slideshows were created. One after another. Something simple thrown together. So, uninstall it and try to reinstall or try to reinstall again?

 

For my own sanity, I recreated everything in Windows Live Movie Maker. I even made a menu and I'm getting audio on the large slideshows. It also plays on a pc or standalone dvd player. So, it's something within Roxio Creator that is not encoding properly. However, that DVD still plays on a pc, but not a standalone dvd player.

 

 

If the DVD plays on the PC then Roxio created the DVD correctly and it has nothing to do with encoding.

Yes it really looks to be a Player issue...

 

Do the Repair as I outlined in Post #10! No point in continuing until this is accomplished :huh:

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Yes it really looks to be a Player issue...

 

Do the Repair as I outlined in Post #10! No point in continuing until this is accomplished :huh:

 

Sorry for not responding sooner Jim. I have been out of town.

 

Before I left, I recreated all the slideshows in Windows Media Live Movie Maker (I have Windows 7) and had it automake a menu. I then burned everything to a Sony DVD-RW. It played on my pc's and played on a standalone player. I thought it was working on the other ones and then it hit played erratically on my 2 blu-ray players. The one player it works on is a Sony DVD player Model # RDR-VX500. That is a standalone VHS to DVD burner or other video input to DVD burner.

 

So, it encoded fine, played fine on the pc's and one dvd player, but not the others. I'm out of answers. I've tried different software programs (Roxio and Windows Media Live Movie Maker), different burners on different pcs, different speed DVD-R's and DVD-RW all to no avail. I've not had this problem before. I'm doing slideshows where I have been sent pictures from various people (it's 7 different slideshows for my child's school of all the kids in that grade).

 

I haven't tried to repair Roxio yet because I am just getting back in. I just don't understand why it is working on one dvd player and not the others. I've got a really old dvd player that will rarely play anything I've burnt, but that is common. The newer ones (the Sony burner and my 2 blu-rays) have always played anything I've created in Roxio.

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I'm on my iPod, did we ask for the brand of media you are using???

 

I've used Sony DVD-RW's 1-2X, Sony DVD-R's 1-8X, Sony DVD-R's 1-16X and Staples brand DVD-R's 1-16x. All my DVD players are Sony brand. I've never had a problem in the past until now for some reason. I've got some Sony DVD+R's, but haven't tried those yet.

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I've never had any problem with Sony discs, but keep in mind they have never manufactured a disc!!!

 

Staples brand should remain in the store!

 

Two brands of known quality are Quality Media: Verbatim (Singapore) and Taiyo Yuden (JVC).

 

The reason I mention it is because poor brands can be impossible for some Players to read well resulting in inconsistant results... Oddly, it is the high quality Players that have the most trouble :huh:

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I've never had any problem with Sony discs, but keep in mind they have never manufactured a disc!!!

 

Staples brand should remain in the store!

 

Two brands of known quality are Quality Media: Verbatim (Singapore) and Taiyo Yuden (JVC).

 

The reason I mention it is because poor brands can be impossible for some Players to read well resulting in inconsistant results... Oddly, it is the high quality Players that have the most trouble :huh:

 

Thanks for the suggestions Jim. I may go buy some Verbatim discs. I've bought Taiyo Yuden blank cd's before and they're quality discs.

 

I've never had problems before with Staples dvd's. I mainly use them for data, but I've created multiple dvd's without problems. I'm willing to try anything at this point. It has become mind boggling that it has worked in the past and all of a sudden it doesn't. I thought it might be the software or the burners, but I've tried two different software packages and 3 different burners and I'm getting the same results.

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Thanks for the suggestions Jim. I may go buy some Verbatim discs. I've bought Taiyo Yuden blank cd's before and they're quality discs.

 

I've never had problems before with Staples dvd's. I mainly use them for data, but I've created multiple dvd's without problems. I'm willing to try anything at this point. It has become mind boggling that it has worked in the past and all of a sudden it doesn't. I thought it might be the software or the burners, but I've tried two different software packages and 3 different burners and I'm getting the same results.

 

Can you create any kind of project at all at this point? A simple project with just a single slideshow?

 

If you have tried different software packages and it fails then that suggests either something wrong with something in your source files or a problem in your system.

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Can you create any kind of project at all at this point? A simple project with just a single slideshow?

 

If you have tried different software packages and it fails then that suggests either something wrong with something in your source files or a problem in your system.

 

Yes, I have Roxio Creator on two different machines. I created 7 slideshows and a folder set. I then used the "Copy and Convert" option to burn them to DVD. You had said that was an awkward choice, but that is what I have always used. What other option is there after you create a folder set?

 

The only thing that I think may be wrong in the source files is the music I am using. I've used MP3's before and they played without a problem. Some of the MP3's are ones I ripped and some are ones I bought off Amazon. A few of them I had to edit for brevity. However, I had two large slideshows not play any audio (the reason I originally started this thread) when I tried to play the DVD on a standalone player. They would play on a dvd on the pc however. So, I converted the MP3's to wav files and recreated the slideshow. I then got audio to play on the 2 large slideshows on the standalone dvd player, but each slideshow starting with the second one through the seventh one would skip about 6-9 slides into the slideshow. It played fine on my pc on a dvd though.

 

I then recreated everything in Windows Live Movie Maker and used the MP3's for a test. Everything played fine on 2 of my pc's, a laptop and a Sony DVD standalone player after creating the DVD (I used Sony DVD-R's). However, it would not play on either Sony standalone blu-ray player.

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One other area we did not dig into...

 

How LONG are these projects???

 

In MyDVD, load a Project.

 

Then set the Quality to HQ and what shows up under the Project Bar?

 

(this one is quite a bit over)

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They're all within range. 2.42 GB is the total even after adding an 8th slideshow that I decided to throw together.

 

See my post above. The only thing I think that could cause a problem is the MP3's. I've edited a few and saved them with the same bitrate. I've thought about going in and saving them as wav files instead of MP3's even though the format is already lossy to begin with.

 

Still, the DVD will play on a pc, laptop and one of my standalone Sony DVD players with no problems. I bought some Verbatim DVD-R's today. I'm going to burn one and see what I come up with.

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They're all within range. 2.42 GB is the total even after adding an 8th slideshow that I decided to throw together.

 

See my post above. The only thing I think that could cause a problem is the MP3's. I've edited a few and saved them with the same bitrate. I've thought about going in and saving them as wav files instead of MP3's even though the format is already lossy to begin with.

 

Still, the DVD will play on a pc, laptop and one of my standalone Sony DVD players with no problems. I bought some Verbatim DVD-R's today. I'm going to burn one and see what I come up with.

 

Ignore the file size; you can get one hour of best quality video (mpg2) on a DVD; any more will reduce the quality.

 

THere are several types of mp3 so the best bet is to convert and add wav files. I use a lot of music from Amazon mp3 download and have never had an issue that they were not being played in either Voideo WSvaer nor PhotoShow.

 

Is the player that you are having trouble with the "good one". Sometimes the best ones are the ones that give you a problem.

 

Are you trying both +R and -R? I would think that if the one you are having trouble with is a Sony, that it should play the +R disc with no trouble.

 

Have you also tried to lower the burn speed? Soemtimes that helps.

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