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Did you set the project up as PAL? If so I'm not sure you can just burn it as NTSC.
I am not sure why that happened but you should be able to uncheck the box "Fit Contents into the available space" and move the slider under the box toward "Most Video" and that should work.
What I do is burn it to folder chosing dual layer then use dvd shrink to fit it does a better compression job I think.
If you took your project on the Timeline, sent it to Share, Disk and were in the DVD Burn area with the Burn to = Folder (4.7)....
1. You did change the preset from DV PAL to DV NTSC?
2. After you did that, you did have checked "Fit Contents To Available Space" and then said that it said 4.3 GB space required. Equally important, what was the Bitrate after it said 4.3 GB space required? I would like to know just how much lower it was than the High value 8.
3. You say that you did not get any warning, such as one related to Data Rate??
Also, when you made the Presets switch from DV PAL to DV NTSC, did you see any change in the Space Required and/or Bitrate that was shown in the Burn Area?
If you did not, might it not be reasonable to look into the Nero Burn Video Files route more closely? I am just speculating that Nero Burn Video Files route might have different space required criteria?????
It is not clear to me why you would get the job done using PAL and not NTSC? I might suggest that you look at the PAL/NTSC bitrate comparison in Premiere Elements and, if indicated, lower the NTSC bitrate to reduce the space required to one that works for Nero. The Quality is going to suffer. By lower, I mean the smallest possible changes to reach the goal.
I know that you do not want to, but have you tried the Burn to Disc route for this NTSC project, just to see if it would work at all?