In a perfect world, you could put together a project out of any media, click the Share tab and burn it to a disk. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons – some related to Premiere Elements, most related to operating system drivers or program conflicts, this sometimes doesn’t go as smoothly as it should.
The simplest solution is to break the process down into its elements and then troubleshoot each element individually.
There are three main reasons for a problem burning a DVD or BluRay disc: challenging source video (including photos that are larger than the recommended 1000x750 pixels in size); interfacing issues with your disc burner (often the result of a program like Nero not sharing the burner with other programs); and lack of computer resources (namely lack of available scratch disk space on your hard drive). This workaround eliminates most Burn Disc problems. And those it doesn’t eliminate, it at least helps you isolate where the problem is occurring.
1. Create a “pure” AVI project. (Go to the Share tab, select Computer, then AVI, using the DV preset.) If this works, do a Save As to save a copy of your project, delete all of the video except this newly created AVI, then place the AVI on the timeline in place of the deleted video (the DVD markers should still line up).
If you are unable to create an AVI, it could be that your photos are too large or you lack the resources to render the files,as discussed below.
2. Burn to a folder rather than directly to a disc. Select this option from Share/Output/Disc. This eliminates the possibility that other disk burning software is interfering with communication with your computer’s burner. Once the disk files are created, you can use your computer’s burner software to burn the VIDEO_TS folder and its contents to a disk.
If this doesn’t work, it could be that your computer lacks the necessary resources, as discussed below.
3. Clear space on and defragment your hard drive. A one-hour video can require up to 50 gigabytes of free, defragmented space on your hard drive to render and process (depending on your source files). Even a “pure” AVI project can require 20-30 gigabytes of space.
Clear off your computer and regularly defragment it, per Maintain Your Computer, above, and you’ll reduce the likelihood of this being an issue – assuming you’ve got an adequately powered computer and an adequately large hard drive in the first place.
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