Both hangs appear to be the same thing: not rendering the Crib menu. So I don't see it as a side anomaly, but the key issue. I just did a test, and a simple project renders the Crib HD Menu and builds to a folder successfully.
If the project is not complicated, I would do a short test (Crib menu, one button, one timeline, see if it renders and builds). Then redo the project and see if it works.
If it does not work, what are your default transcode settings?
I did as you instructed & the Render hung.
Thinking that it might be the Crib menu, I tried another motion menu from the Corporate category & again the Render failed.
I reloaded Encore, Photoshop, & Premiere Pro & tried the above sequence again with no luck.
Thanks for all your effort.
Here are the settings for the Crib Menu:
The transcode setting applied to a motion asset is the project default transcode setting. The one listed in the transcode status column is what would be used if the asset were used in a timeline.
For a DVD once you pick NTSC or PAL, you don't have much choice.
I thought this must have to do with your using an HD menu for a DVD, but that wasn't a problem for me. And your test in the flowchart above is pretty simple.
Create a new project, pull in the Sunset menu (no motion). Use the same asset/timeline you used in your test. Does that build?
If it works, create a new project, from the Wedding group, add the Floral menu (SD motion), and your same asset/timeline. Does that build?
I discovered that the 5.1 version works correctly on my laptop but not on my two process board 32 core computer. I will transfer all Encore 5.1 to my old Dell 4 core XPS 720 which is similar to my laptop.
When I talked to the adobe rep I received to strong impression that Encore was no longer supported & Edge was the new replacement. Since we found a method to keep using Encore, which is also easy to use for the internet, for the meantime I am operational.
Thank you for the information & help