Whoops this is a tad long,
please take it in bits,
if you like.....
Vegas Studio has lots of Help, but I find them somewhat daunting and unfriendly. It's not helped that they come out rather too difficult to read.
When I've completed my Edit, I then "Make Movie" and the preference seems to be Make DVD/BlueRay, -or - Save to C- HDD.
Now I don't really want to fill-up my C-drive with movies, so I have a second 500G SATA drive ="K" inside the PC, where I store camera-files, unedited clips, sounds and other stuff, but not Programs.
I've created a folder "Vegas-Stuff" with sub-folders to take the rendered movies and the "Save projects", so I can reopen them in Vegas Studio, should I spot any spelling mistake, screen blank etc. . . . . . Subsequent Saves will normally use a new filename, on "K" drive. . . . .
Whenever I Render to the HDD, "K" it's reasonably quick and then gives me two options: Play file, or Finish. If I Play the file it works OK, within limits imposed by the PC, processor, screen and other PC-limiting factors. Because it can't be played on a "Proper Player" I am tempted to Render and create a DVD.....I've discovered this is in 720, rather than the 1080i I thought I bought. Standards Huh!
If I choose "DVD" then the rendered file is moved to Architect Studio, whereupon a whole new bucket of options meets me.
There is canny option in Architect Studio: to burn a Disc using earlier-rendered files, but I don't have much success with this, so I tend to use the Burn to Disc, rather than Save to HDD. The result is a lot of DVD's with very short movies, sometimes under 1min..... where I'm keen to try something (eg Suggested here)..
Somewhat oddly I've had little success using K-drive as a place to store the Rendered files, prior to burning a DVD.... BUT if I allow Vegas to use the "default" paths/folder (on C-drive!), it works every time. I maybe need to move these Defaults in "preferences" but have not fiddled with Vegas settings, yet.
Can someone here point to a suitable procedure and organisation of my Drive/folders and even suggest how I get several rendered movies onto one DVD? There is a long-winded "How-To" but it leaves me quite daunted just trying to fathom how I do anything with the DVD Menus.
I really don't need pretty button surrounds, or music on the DVD Index/Menu, although these options are pushed in the Help-file. I feel lucky if the DVD has the file-name next to the single button.
( I don't have a BlueRay burner, so it has to be DVD+R as these suit the Player. ).
When a moderately short film is burnt to DVD, there seems to be quite a bit of "spare" and this could be filled-up with other "Trial-shorts" . . . . . that way I can watch them on a TV, or friend's projector so I know they will play and make sense, hopefully.
This aspect of Vegas/Architect Studio does not appear in the "How to do Vegas", notes + helps on this Site. (well, I didn't find one ). Hence this "Ask" - I'm sure others new to Vegas Studio, may find similar issues. Thanks.....