Welcome to the forum.
While not specifically for PrE, this FAQ Entry from Encore (Adobe's full-featured authoring program) might point you in a direction to cure the Transcoding not completing, or hanging. Look at entry 1, regarding the Media Cache.
Also, what brand of blank media are you using?
I am not sure if I follow this part:
I created an avi file and set that to go
Can you please elaborate?
Have you tried Burn to Folder, for later Burning to Disk, or is that what you are doing above? If you do get a successful Burn to Folder, you can use a program, like the freeware burning utility, ImgBurn, to do the physical burn. Note: there are a bunch of ads on that page for other utilities, etc.. You will want to download ImgBurn and nothing else.
Next, this FAQ Entry, also from the Encore forum, might give some tips on burning a DVD-Video.
HERE are some tips on setting up a computer for editing, but I find them useful for an authoring session too.
Thanks, I'll take a look at the encore help. What I meant
was that I exported to an avi file and then start
ed a new project using the avi file. All these additional steps are a bit of bind,
I guess I'm used to Elements 2, where I finished the edit, set
it to burn and could rely on it to do so. I've tried Verbatim and PiData blanks so far.
Thank you for the clarification.
So, you have tried to burn from your original source footage, and then from the Exported/Shared DV-AVI, and both fail in the Transcoding stage. Is that correct? It also seems that the Transcoding of each Project fails at about the same point. Is that also correct?
As a test, I'd try the Burn to Folder. If Transcoding fails there, then the burner can probably be ruled out.
Also, how much defragmented free space do you have on your system? There are working files that are much larger than just the finished Project, that PrE needs room to write. Transcoding failing can also come from having too little room to work. Let's try to rule that possibility out.