I'm not at my EncoreDVD computer at the moment, but I think what M Hall is getting at is that to open EncoreDVD, you have to either open a previous project first or create a new one. If I'm not mistaken, from v1.5 and above you have to do that in order to get to the File>Build>Build Disc setting.
I liked the old days when you could just open a program, get it up and running and then decide what you want to do. There are a lot of times, especially when answering questions about the software, that I just need to open it up to look at the user interface. It's just a couple of extra steps to get there if you don't already have a project you're working on. I know I could just create a blank project called 'Test' [and that's what I do], but I'd prefer not to have to. Peace, BJ
Is there a special reason Adobe changed that? There may actually be some users out there that only have Encore as their burning application. This change would require keeping every project on HDD in there entirety. A volume (whether its a folder or image) would be smaller in size.
I suppose the work around would be to open any current project and change the burn option to the actual desired image, not the open project. Without a reason it seems like a stupid move to change it.
It was changed to provide the Welcome screen like Premiere Pro. It doesn't prevent you from burning an existing image or folder- just create a new project, then do what you need to do. You can delete the project when you're done, or use it as the template for future image/folder burns.
Mike is requesting a way to burn from the Welcome screen, without creating new/opening existing project. That's a good feature request.
I just discovered last week that I'm forced to keep junk in the computer to burn any old folder, and that just to imitate Premier stupid behavior.
Being a Matrox user I am stuck on using Premier and Encore for my editing, although I hate them due to so many unexplained moves from Adobe that force the user to find workarounds or add more clicks to otherwise easy editing procedures like the one discussed here.
BTW, if you have an empty project for burning old folders or images, when I press "Build", Encore CS3 still warns me that there are problems in the project which I have to skip and continue.
I had to explain it to my customer that his project does not have any problem but this is the normal Encore's NEW behavior.
Thank you for the link. I did filed one so hopefully they will consider it for the next update. However, I have all my DVD backups as folders so I can view them anytime without burning, which is not possible (or much harder) if you have them in IMG format. Not only but I got playing compatibility problems using other burners, like Roxio, when burning the DVD folders, so I am afraid using anything else than Encore.
I have all of my finished DVD backups stored as images, and as Encore projects (including all original source assets). It takes up a ton of hard drive space, but I have 5 or 6 external enclosures lying around and more than a few hard disks to put in those enclosures. Hard disk space is cheap and, IMHO, it is still the very best back up medium.
When I want to play an old project, I use ImgBurn or GEARPro Professional to quickly burn the project to an RW disc. Then I can view it almost anywhere and I don't make any coasters. DVD folders limit you to a computer with a software DVD player installed. Plus, if your project is interlaced, viewing it on a computer may not give you a real good idea of what your audience will see, since an overwhelming percentage of folks still watch DVDs on an interlaced television.
Thank you for the hint, but that does not work for me for more than one reason. Honestly, playing my DVD's on my laptop screen - on the home network - using PowerDVD gives my customers a pretty good idea of what's on that DVD.