Hi, I also have a burning problem. I've taken some notes as I went along.
I've been trying to burn a DVD in Premiere Elements 7.0. I am new to this program, although experienced with other Adobe products and was really enjoying it until the disc burning process. The first disc I burned for this project worked fine, burned beautifully, no problems. So I was shocked when I made a few tweaks and now I can't burn a DVD for anything.
The burning is a two-step process. First, the menus and streams are coded. This progresses apparently fine, the blue bar indicating progress carries on until its end. Then the burn itself begins. The blue progress bar gets to a point directly above the second "n" in "burning disc 1 of 1" and stops. The longest I left it stuck there was eight hours.
I first burned this project as a DVD. However, the client was unsatisfied with the arrangement of the menus and asked me to redo them. I redid them. According to Premiere Elements 7.0 this increased the size of the file from 1.70 GB to 1.85 GB.
My system has three drives. Two are partitions on the same 160 GB hard drive, one is a plain 160 GB drive. I have been using the two partitions (artifacts of an experiment with Linux) for this project. The OS partition has 25 GB free. The second partition has 68 GB free, and I have been using it as a scratch disk for this project. The RAM available is 4 GB.
I tried defragmenting both partitions, the scratch disk was fragmented so I tried burning again after defragmenting. No luck. Then I tried creating a DV AVI file. This resulted in a file of 4.67 GB. Why is this different than the estimated size of 1.85 GB given to me by Premiere Elements 7.0?
However, it did give me a DVD AVI file in about 20 minutes without crashing. I took this as an indicator that the files that made up the project were not themselves corrupted. Was that wrong?
I removed this file from the scratch disk partition so it had 68 GB to work with once again, and tried to burn another disc. This time I set the burn parameters to "fit on disc" and not use most space available. Again the process got all the way through the coding and stuck at the exact same place on the burn cycle.
I then tried turning off all other programs. I don't think I have any software such as Nero on my computer without my knowing about it, and in any case nothing new has been added since I successfully burned the first disc, so I assume it can't be that another program is monopolising the disc burner suddenly. I also turned off my firewall and application control programs, which are part of F-Secure Internet Security. Not being a complete idiot, I of course had my computer disconnected from the internet for all of this. I assumed that couldn't be the problem. Or is it? Is an internet connection required for Premiere Elements 7.0 to successfully burn a disc? That seems crazy, not to mention extremely unsafe if you have your firewall etc. turned off at the same time.
My OS is Windows 7, and I have updated drivers for my Invidia video card and for my Realtek audio card. This system is the same that I have been operating under all along, no change there from the successful burn to now with the unsuccessful burn attempts. So I ruled those out as the source of the problem, since it obviously worked once.
The file itself consists of about 26 minutes of film footage. The footage was filmed at 720x480 HD. There are also a numbers of still images, 1600x900 px, and a fairly extensive set of scenes. It's an exercise practice video and each move is a separate scene, with the scenes grouped into main menu options. So its organization is pretty complex, and that complexity has increased from the initial successful burn until now.
I have not yet tried burning my DV AVI file onto a DVD. Obviously, it is too large, so I have to compress it somehow. I hope this will not mean that I lose all of my menu arrangements, but that is my next step. Can someone tell if this will work, preserving all menu items? Also I would like to know if there is something else I should try.
Thanks in advance!