Architect quickly crashing after launch and failing to render

Jacob-White wrote on 7/29/2022, 11:37 PM

I've been working on Blurays recently, and found that using MP4's would lead to a lot of compression artifacts, as well as taking up a lot of space. I then switched to MPEG-2, and found those issues largely resolved. But I've run into a new problem. As more media gets added, the program lags more, and eventually just stops working, and crashes/stops rendering the media. Also, the burned discs and created isos have malfunctioning menus, including all black menus as well as highlights that do not show up. The menus still fully function, but it has a ton of visual glitches.

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Jack S wrote on 7/30/2022, 5:08 AM

@Jacob-White The problem is that DVD Architect is a 32 bit application and is limited to how much memory it can address. I had this problem when I started creating Blu-Rays. I'd get to a certain number of items of media and it would give an out of memory error.
If you're using DVDAS 5.0 there is a solution. There's a small utility called 'Large Address Aware' which can patch the DVDAS exe file to address more memory. After using this, I had no more problems.
Unfortunately, if you're using DVDAS 7.0 this patch doesn't work for some reason.

My system
Dell XPS 8700 (I know, it's a little outdated)
Windows 10 Home (x64)
3.1 GHz Intel Core i5-4440
16GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti display adapter
System drive Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB

Camcorder
SONY Handycam HDR-XR550VE

EricLNZ wrote on 7/30/2022, 6:06 AM

I'd get to a certain number of items of media and it would give an out of memory error.

There's a few threads on this. Strangely not everyone has the problem. I've created Blu-rays of around 23 gb containing 16 or more video files with no problems but I feed DVDA7 compliant files, the video streams being avc.

Jacob-White wrote on 7/30/2022, 10:33 AM

So two questions, is there a way to downgrade from 7.0 to 5.0, and is avc just a more stable file than mpeg-2, because that's the file I use.

vkmast wrote on 7/30/2022, 12:22 PM

The Sony DVD Architect Pro (last v. 6.0) and Studio (last v. 5.0) versions are getting scarce as MAGIX replaced them with their VEGAS DVD Architect 7. All versions (including the MAGIX one) are discontinued and not available to buy from the manufacturers any more.

EricLNZ wrote on 7/30/2022, 8:44 PM

is avc just a more stable file than mpeg-2, because that's the file I use.

Mpeg-2 was designed back in Standard definition days. The Mpeg-4 codec (not to be confused with file type mp4) and its variants H264 and AVC was designed for HD. It's more efficient . I've never heard of codecs being referred to as stable or unstable. It does a better job at compression so file sizes can be smaller. My avc video streams have an average bitrate of 18-20 Mbps.

Jacob-White wrote on 7/31/2022, 6:23 PM

Ok, well, I found a workaround. I used optimized files for the actual media, but used MP4's for the menus. That stopped the lag and crashes for some reason.