I've been using Windows Movie Maker (currently on Vista) for homemade DVDs for 2 years and am now having so much fun feel I need to make the next step. Ideally the software would not be overly complex and budget is £40 (perhaps optimistic?) The key features I need from the software are:
i) something that can handle burning 30-45 minute DVDs without crashing or hanging (I can only burn 10 min DVDs in WMM before it hangs )
ii) the ability to zoom in and out from ANY point on a photo (WMM dictates top right, top left etc)
iii) when a video clip is playing the ability to switch to a photo slide show but keep the audio from the video clip playing in the background (storyboard in WMM only allows for one file, video or photo, to play at a time )
iv) the ability to fade volume up and down in the middle of an audio track
v) more lengthy fade at the start and end of audio tracks (WMM fades in and out in 1-2 seconds.. very abrupt!)
I've done lots of research but can't find a product review that confirms the above functionality. More effects and transitions would also be great but I'm assuming any software will offer more than WMM.
In summary, what seems particularly limiting in WMM is the ability to play different files simultaneously, e.g. audio, video and/or photos, and what you can do generally with audio.
Any advice appreciated ...