Hi, new user to this board and failry new user to Studio. I read that stupid manual 3 times, called Pinnacle twice, tried everything under the sun trying to render my first DVD without it hanging, until I figured this out. I am sure it is posted here from the many intelligent postings I have seen so far (I wish I would have tried here before), but for all new jacks to Studio, try this:
1) When you are importing video from one media, import the ENTIRE footage as one file. Do not break it up into several files. You can use the space bar to put in a break, but if you can just edit it from one import you will be MUCH better off.
2) When your project includes contect from several imported video files and several pictures, you are asking for trouble. If your project takes a long time to Open (and for the frames to finalize) or you are getting 'low on memory' errors you can try this - Try to convert whatever you can to an AVI file, then import back into your project. For example - if you added pictures, string them together, do your transitions, then render it as AVI. Delete the originals from the project then import back in the AVI file. For some reason Studio LOVES to render AVI.
3) The least amount of Storyboard 'scenes, movies or pictures' in your project the better your chances of being able to work with the project, it not hanging, or rendering without you wanting to throw the computer across the floor.
Sorry if this is basic stuff, but I wish Pinnacle would have mentioned it more clearly in the manual............