I've done a lot of video projects in PE8, with good results (especially after applying the update patch. This week I decided to try to create an "instant movie". I select instant movie, select the jpegs I'm going to use, I then select the theme (pans and zooms), add my music (wav file). It analyzes the objects (jpegs) and adds it to the timeline. Afterwards a window pops up and reads that video playback will be better if the footage is rendered, and gives the option to render it . I hit ok and the window half disappears and it begins to render but then stops and never finishes. If I try to playback what is on the timeline the music plays fine,but the pictures are not there except for just a small segment about three-quartres of the way through. The rest of the video track is blank and the audio track shows no music waves, but it is there. What gives?
Can you post a screen-cap of your Timeline, showing all of the Tracks, and especially the images that disappear.
Also, what are the pixel x pixel dimensions of your JPEG's?
They should be Scaled in PS/PSE before you Import them, and not be much larger than your Project's Frame Size. This ARTICLE will give you tips.
In my settings I've checked the box for scaling pictures to fit frame size
That setting doesn't matter. If you're using photos larger than 1000x750 pixels in size, the program can choke trying to downsample them. (More detailed infromation can be found in my books and in the FAQs to the right of this forum: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/431851?tstart=0 )