I hate it...
My first attempt to go directly from mini-DV tape to DVD, opting for
separate files for each scene, didn't make it... the message said "Maximum
number of videos reached.. DVD Maker cannot import any more video files (99
is the limit".... and then, when I gave it the OK to go with the 99 files it
had, the burning failed after getting about 5% of the way on the disc. My
DVD burner has problems with the default fast burning mode, but the auto DVD
feature didn't give the option to change it, so I figured that might be the
My 2nd attempt was to open DVD Maker and all the scene files.... ran into
the same limit of 99... but I could change the burn rate from fast to
slow.... got a bit further, maybe 10% of the disc showed burning.... tried a
3rd time at medium burn rate and got to the same 10% point...
was my DVD burning process totally broken? ===========
I took all the scenes from the tape, grouped them in Movie Maker into 4
movies, put the movies in DVD Maker, and burned a disc at slow burn
speed.... the disc finished fine as usual, and plays beautifully. WOWSA!!!!
the mixed bag of widescreen and standard aspect ratio scenes all
automatically played at the right aspect ratio when viewing the DVD. And I
hadn't even told Movie Maker which mode to work in, or do anything to fix
the clips to align with one of the modes. The standard scenes showed that
way and the widescreen ones were nicely letterboxed... using WinDVD on my XP
system to view the disc.
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