I am a newcomer to video editing. I recently used my new Sony DV DCR-HC40 for the first time, bought and installed Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus together with the downloaded updates from the Pinnacle website for v9.4.3. I captured the footage in full DV quality into the PC, edited it all to 55 minutes long and then clicked on Make Movie to burn it to a DVD. The rendering took about 2.5 hours without problems and it next went back to the beginning to carry out what I believe is the compiling phase. It trundled along quite happily until about half way and then just stopped. The HDD light continued to flash for a few minutes and megabytes continued to be added to the clock, but very slowly, 1MB at a time and then stopped activity completely. I left it for a while but couldn't do anything with it other than eventually hit the Cancel button to regain control so as to close the program.
I repeated the whole process after reading the book and defragging and stopping the screensaver and virus and anti-spyware checkers. It did exactly the same and stopped in the same scene area. I then tried once more, this time after deleting the scene and re-inserting from the original. It stopped at the same point yet again. When playing this scene separately there is no evidence of 'blockiness' or anything else wrong.
Other than trying to create an image instead next time to burn to DVD with Nero, has anyone got any idea why this is happening or what's going on?
PC spec - Athlon XP200, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD (150GB free), nVidia Ti4200 128MB, Sony DVD RW DRU-510A, Firewire card, Windows XP Pro.