The Tutorial Links Page http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1275830 has a link for Sharing to a DVD that may help
Your AVI file will be compressed to MPEG/VOB to go on a DVD... I'm not sure if 16Gig will compress that far and still be above the minimum data rate
What version of Premiere Elements are you using and on what computer operaing system is it running?
Just what do you want to do?
Burn an .avi file to a DVD disc as an .avi file?
Burn a Premiere Elements Timeline containing this .avi file to the format of DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc?
For now, I will assume the latter.
Preliminary test to get a baseline for strategy...
1. If you can, import your .avi file into Premiere Elements project with project preset selected to match the properties of your source media.
2. Place a DVD-R into the DVD burner tray.
3. Go to the sharing area of your Premiere Elements, select ..../Disc/DVD disc, in the burn dialog, what does it say in the Quality Area for Space Required and Bitrate? Get those values for with and without a check mark next to the option "Fit Contents to Available Space".
What type of DVD disc do you have?
DVD 4.7 GB/120 minutes (in reality 4.7 = 4.38 GB)
DVD 8.5 GB/240 minutes (in reality 8.5 = 7.95 GB)
Let us start here and then decide what next.
Along with the answers to the questions posed above, I have one more, please:
What is the Duration of your Timeline?
When one authors a DVD-Video, the Timeline is Encoded to MPEG-2 DVD, which is a compressed format. The resulting file(s) will be compressed to a smaller size. How much compression is needed, and even possible, will be shown by the Duration of that Timeline. From that information, others can recommend either a "quality setting," or perhaps suggest that you use a DVD-9 (8.5), in lieu of a DVD-5 (4.7) in very general terms - see ATR's Reply #2 for exact capacities.
DVD-video (as it is actually known)
Can maintain high quality playback using mpeg-2 compression.
The 4.7 GB blank disk can most times hold...just 4.1 GB's.
When my camcorder was a DV-tape camcorder--I made 50-minute long video's to hold quality at its best.
I would push that to 1-hour 10-minutes if absolutely necessary.
At 1-hour 20-minutes...the video quality will be less.
Your DV-avi File should be 13-GB's MAX.
While 11.5 GB's is best.
Next to consider is a Dual Layer DVD-blank.
Which requires DL format playback machines.
Blu-ray solves all of those problems.
But also requires a Blu-ray playback machine.
When using DV-tape...I just made 50-minute lenght projects.
Adding multiple disk--projects.
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