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I have been using Creator 2012, and I've about hit my limit with program crashes, so I'm considering upgrading to see if the newest version is any better. Before I spend $70 on this experiment I have two questions:

 

A. Is it backward compatible? I have any number of .dmsd files created with Creator 2012, will I be able to open, modify, and burn these projects with NXT 2? If not, and I'm going to have to recreate those projects from scratch anyway, I might as well do it with software I have more confidence in...

 

B. Is it any better? Some more information on what I'm trying to do: I'm making standard-def DVDs of football games. These video files are ~2 hours in length, and in various formats. I do want to have chapters (20-30 per project) with custom menus; something that has been very problematic in Creator 2012. I've read these forums in detail several times for solutions, finding no real answers. I've found a few tips that seem to work *sometimes,* but all in all it's been a very frustrating experience.

I don't have any need for new "features." Stability would be my only reason for upgrading, although if I could create my own custom menu theme it would greatly expedite my process.

 

Thanks for any input...

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You have install problems on your C2012 or your PC is the problem!

 

Upgrading your software isn't a fix. IMO I would stay with C2012.

 

Follow this post and post the zipped dxdiag.exe file.

 

http://forums.support.roxio.com/topic/81985-identifying-your-computer-specs-and-computer-drivers-windows/

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Like cdanteek posted, forget about upgrading to NXT 2, I would consider that actually a "downgrade": stick with C2012. At least until your solve your "crashing" problems.

 

Could you post some information on your projects. You did mention that your video files are ~ 2 hours and in various formats. Some of your problems may be associated with those facts. Where did you get those files? Why do you have some many chapters? Is this for a single video file or for your whole project? How many titles do you have in your project?

 

BTW, a standard 4.7GB DVD can only hold 60 minutes of video at the best quality setting.

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Video quality is a secondary consideration for me; I'm aware of the media limitations. As I mentioned, these are football games - one game per project => one .iso file. The reason for the chapters is because I'd like a chapter break at each possession change. Each project contains two titles (the game itself and a highlight reel) and an intro video, for three total files. The game itself is the only chaptered file.

 

If I give up the chapter menus everything works fine, and since this set of a season's games is a Christmas present, I will likely have to do that to get them done in time. However, since I've done this before with last season's games, I find it ... illogical that I would have such trouble with this year's.

 

For what it's worth, setting up the chapters is not causing the problem, it's the chapter menus. I'm trying to customize them (remove audio, change colors, change button styles, & change background image) and after the menus are created, selecting them to modify them is when the program crashes. The tips I found helpful in preventing the crashes were to change from "Fit to disc" to "EP" on "quality", and change from 4.7 GB disc to 8.5 on "Disc size." This enabled me to customize those menus, and then I'd switch back to 4.7 GB and "Fit to Disc" which are the settings I'd like to use to create the .iso file. However, it seems to "hang" on the Encode Menus step of creating the .iso file, so perhaps that's not even really helpful.

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Video quality is a secondary consideration for me; I'm aware of the media limitations. As I mentioned, these are football games - one game per project => one .iso file. The reason for the chapters is because I'd like a chapter break at each possession change. Each project contains two titles (the game itself and a highlight reel) and an intro video, for three total files. The game itself is the only chaptered file.

 

If I give up the chapter menus everything works fine, and since this set of a season's games is a Christmas present, I will likely have to do that to get them done in time. However, since I've done this before with last season's games, I find it ... illogical that I would have such trouble with this year's.

 

For what it's worth, setting up the chapters is not causing the problem, it's the chapter menus. I'm trying to customize them (remove audio, change colors, change button styles, & change background image) and after the menus are created, selecting them to modify them is when the program crashes. The tips I found helpful in preventing the crashes were to change from "Fit to disc" to "EP" on "quality", and change from 4.7 GB disc to 8.5 on "Disc size." This enabled me to customize those menus, and then I'd switch back to 4.7 GB and "Fit to Disc" which are the settings I'd like to use to create the .iso file. However, it seems to "hang" on the Encode Menus step of creating the .iso file, so perhaps that's not even really helpful.

 

From your problem description it seems to be related to the length of the video (>2 hours) that you are trying to squeeze in a DVD. "Fit-to-disc" is the worst possible option to choose especially if your video is over 60 minutes. On top of that you have a large menu structure which of course adds considerable video to your overall size. In this case Fit-to-Disc screws up the menu so bad that it is useless or crashes the program which seems to be happening for you. The fact that it seems to work when you select an 8.5 DVD but crashes when you switch back to 4.7GB shows where your problem lies.

 

You posted that each project consists of the game video plus a highlight video. How long in total time is that?

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I hate to add to the confussion... :lol:

 

On the surface it should work without all this fuss!

 

Try doing a proper repair and see it that helps:

 

First thing to do is to turn off your Anti Virus, Firewalls, Registry Cleaners, etc.

 

Now insert your Roxio Disc.

 

Be sure you accept the offer to Check for Updates (this is for Roxio, not Windows)

 

When you reach the screen where
Repair
is offered, choose that!

 

When the Repair competes, turn your AV & Firewall back on and reboot.

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