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MichaelGyori2019 [Avatar]
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Whenever I select a 16:9 aspect ratio for the DVD video, Smart Fit isn't smart. It's very unsmart. It doesn't compress the video to fit 4700mb, making it impossible to burn larger 16:9 videos to the DVD.

Anyone know of a solution?
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Welcome to the volunteer forum.
Smartfit does work with 16:9 video, so you have an issue.
How long is your video?
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Quote Whenever I select a 16:9 aspect ratio for the DVD video, Smart Fit isn't smart. It's very unsmart. It doesn't compress the video to fit 4700mb, making it impossible to burn larger 16:9 videos to the DVD.

Anyone know of a solution?

MichaelGyori2019, if you are referring to an error like in the attached pic when using Smart Fit, that's a pretty common problem with Smart Fit on DVD or BD, still not addressed in PD17, however, several workarounds may exists. If you are referring to some other type error or issue, posting a few pics would help to see the issue and if any workarounds exist.

You are right, it could be much smarter.

Jeff
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Quote Whenever I select a 16:9 aspect ratio for the DVD video, Smart Fit isn't smart. It's very unsmart. It doesn't compress the video to fit 4700mb, making it impossible to burn larger 16:9 videos to the DVD.

Anyone know of a solution?


In PD the 4.7Gb DVD. (16x9) only fits 1 hour (Smart Fit, selected) 2 hours, in (4X3) fits more.
Option to create DVD-DL or use another DVD-Video creator.
I use the DVD-DL 8.5Gb option.
Save the DVD to a folder in HD, then use another app that compresses DVD8.5 to DVD4.7
The old DVD Shrink or Nero Recode
Fast process, little loss of quality.
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MichaelGyori2019, if you are referring to an error like in the attached pic when using Smart Fit, that's a pretty common problem with Smart Fit on DVD or BD, still not addressed in PD17, however, several workarounds may exists. If you are referring to some other type error or issue, posting a few pics would help to see the issue and if any workarounds exist.

You are right, it could be much smarter.

Jeff


No, I'm not getting an error. Smart fit just simply doesn't choose to compress the video small enough to fit onto a 4.7gb disc. For some reason, choosing the 16:9 aspect ratio makes it lose it's mind. And I'm prevented from burning because the media is too large.

This is the last time I use this software. It has wasted so much of my time, has too many bugs, performs very slowly, and I have to pay $30 each time I want technical support. Garbage. Don't waste your money with any Cyberlink products.
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In PD the 4.7Gb DVD. (16x9) only fits 1 hour (Smart Fit, selected) 2 hours, in (4X3) fits more.
Option to create DVD-DL or use another DVD-Video creator.
I use the DVD-DL 8.5Gb option.
Save the DVD to a folder in HD, then use another app that compresses DVD8.5 to DVD4.7
The old DVD Shrink or Nero Recode
Fast process, little loss of quality.


I have 4:3 content that I just want it to compress to fit, while maintaining a nice 16:9 aspect ratio for the menus and modern TVs. That's all. I don't care if it has to compress it to a lower bit-rate.

Why is there an arbitrary 1 hour limit on 16:9 content? It still is using 720x480 resolution for all the content, just not square pixels for 16:9. When I select 4:3 aspect, smart fit has no problem fitting my videos into a 4.7gb disc.

Smart Fit should work regardless of aspect ratio selected.


How can software in it's 17th version have basic problems like this that cripple important functionality?

Yes, I realize that DVD authoring is old-school, but it's a software tool in Power Director that should work.

Add these brutal problems to the list:
1) Brutal performance when editing text.... My super computer takes seconds to come out of a coma with a text field is changed.
2) Ommissions of simple features like auto centering of altered text. I change text and actually have to select the horizontal centering button again. Which is all very slow because changing text takes my computer billions of processing cycles for some reason.
3) Menu templates, that when reloaded insert horrible music for every menu screen. I have to go back and remove the music for each screen. Music settings are not saved with the templates.
4) A completely unituitive menu editing system that forces me to edit templates in order to change the menu system on my current project. I can't edit the menu for my DVD. I have to edit the template. I had to spend $30 for technical support to figure out that UI golden nugget.
5) $30 for technical support. What a scam. I'd even pay $5 for a call, but what point is $30 for 3 months of support? I'll need more help in month 4. So I'm basically paying $30 for one technical support phone call.

I'm finding new DVD authouring software.

BTW, don't believe anything on TopTenReviews. They are obviously bought and biased. How can Cyberlink Powerdirector be rated #1 for DVD authoring? Help us all if this is 'top' software.
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