Bill: Thank you so much. That was very weird. It was that mouse and I
installed a new driver and it seems to be fine, but as I started working I
found out a real shocker about PE7(unless I' m missing something) . You
dont seem to be able to add controlled motion to stills .i.e., a pan accross
a photo. A MAJOR DISSAPOINTMENT as I bought this new program to replace the
simplistic Windows Movie Maker that came with my computer, but at least that
program I could have panning options and I do a lot of Ken Burns type dvd's
with both animated stills and video footage.
If this is true, what is the best alternative since I use a lot of stills?
A. Create a documentary-like project adding controlled movement to stills in
another program, then import it into PE7 or make a DVD then copy it into PE7
B. What would be the best program out there that is most compatible/easy to
do that with? Is there another Adobe program that does both full video and
still editing together to create a combination dvd?
You can Zoom and Pan videos and stills by animating the content (Key-framing the motion properties). That is a longer way to do it, but at least you will have greater control on the content..
As VDOSurfer mentions, you CAN add animation to stills. This is done from the Effects Panel. You will edit the fixed (contained on all Assets) Effects, Motion>Scale and Motion>Position. These changes in the parameters of those Effects can be Keyframed to animate them over time. Also note, many other Effects (fixed, and added) can also be animated. Some cannot, but even with a few of these, one can "cheat" and accomplish the same thing.
Steve Grisetti has three (IIRC) articles on Keyframing Effects in PrE, in his "Learning Series," on the Muvipix site. I have a few articles and links to tutorials, but they are all for PrPro, which is similar, but IS different enough as to be highly confusing to a PrE user. Steve's series is FOR PrE, so one does not need to "read between the lines."
PS - Steve also covers Keyframing Effects in his PrE books, also available from Muvipix and Amazon.