Building a DVD for my grandson's birthday, consisting of public-domain cartoons from the 30s and 40s. Converted them all to AVI (DivX) and assembled the entire video -- 13 cartoons, titles with appropriate sound clips, still photos, menu and scene markers for each cartoon's title slide. Plays through from beginning to end without error. But attempting to burn to a DVD results in PE4 terminating, with no error message -- just as it begins to render the project (maybe 30 seconds after starting to render), there's my desktop, with no shreds of PE4 remaining (per Task Manager). Reboot, restart, registry cleanup have no effect.
Setup is XP SP3, AMD dual-core 2.2 GHz processor, 4G memory (75% of the 3G Windows sees is free at time of attempted DVD burn), scads of SATA3 disks.
Thoughts? Should I reconvert the videos to a different AVI flavor using VirtualDubMod or MPEG StreamClip?
Your problem is the DivX format... it is intended for delivery rather than editing. What you can try is, rather than burning, try to export your whole timeline as a DV-AVI... File>Export>Movie. Then bring this into a new project add your DVD markers and menu and then burn.
If this is unsuccessful you will need to convert your files to DV-AVI... MPEG Streamclip can do this see this FAQ:
I am surprised that you got as far as you did with the DivX CODEC. Usually, these fail to Import with full Audio and Video. Something usually fails.
The best format to convert to is DV-AVI Type II. Most other CODEC's will cause problems at some level.