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I tried another experiment today - I used an MPEG4 file instead of an MPEG2, but I still got the same poor quality video when burnt to DVD. PD18 also requires almost double the disc space that AVS Video Editor uses and the end result is so much worse. I cannot understand this - Powerdirector has been around for a long time, so why am I getting inferior results?

The settings I am currently using are shown in the uploaded image.
If I create video files to store on my NAS, I have no problems with the quality of the created media, but if I burn a DVD from the same files, I get intermittent blockiness, which is most disappointing. I've tried copying the files to the SSD on my laptop, just in case that was the cause, but the same thing happens. I've also tried using dual-layer DVDs but no difference. I use Verbatim DVDs, so good quality media. If I use an alternative video editing/burning software (e.g., AVS Video Editor), I don't get this problem. My laptop is running on Windows 10 64-bit, with 12GB of RAM and has an Intel i7 8th generation processor. The hard drive is a 1TB SSD. Can anyone advise how to troubleshoot this please?
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I've not seen that issue and my Storyboard mode functions correctly as set.

You might specify the exact version of your PD18 and perpetual or subscription license option and see if another user can replicate. Possibly a bug or user permission configuration as that setting is retained in windows registry.

Jeff


The PowerDirector version is Ultimate, 10.0.2725.0 (64-bit). I have a perpetual licence.
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Post a pic of the screen. A tab key will toggle between timeline mode and the storyboard mode, does that work?

Jeff


The tab key does toggle between the two modes.

I tried twice to upload screenshots but I just get Gateway Timeout 504 (I think that's what it said).
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Post a pic of the screen. A tab key will toggle between timeline mode and the storyboard mode, does that work?

Jeff


The tabe key does toggle between the two modes.
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Post a pic of the screen. A tab key will toggle between timeline mode and the storyboard mode, does that work?

Jeff


The tabe key does toggle between the two modes.
Quote Something not right. By default, you always get the basic selection splash to pick an option. If however you select the "Always enter full mode" in the lower left corner of that splash you will always get full edit mode. Maybe try the "Reset" in pref and see if your behavior is corrected.

Jeff


Just tried that, but it hasn't made any difference - I still get Full Mode even if I select Storyboard Mode.
If I select Storyboard mode when starting PD18, it still starts in Full Mode. Is this a bug?
I was trying to lower the sound of an individual video clip today in PowerDirector 18, but when I checked the other clips, they had also been adjusted down. Can anyone explain the correct procedure please? Also, can a video clip that does not have the correct aspect ratio be changed (e.g., from 16:9 to 4:3)?
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