Instead of Exporting from the other SlideShow program as MPEG, why not Export as DV-AVI Type II, and Import that. When you go to DVD-Video, with the MPEG, you will incur another MPEG compression to the DVD-Video's MPEG-2 format. That is like a FAX of a FAX.
Going with that workflow might well get around the crashing too.
Now, if your Imported material is being cut up, it is likely that:
A.) your Project Preset does not match 100%, Frame Size, PAR, etc., your Imported footage - it should
B.) you then have Scale to Frame checked
If you go with the solution in A.), the B.) will not matter.
PS - Welcome to the forum!
I'm with Hunt. Your problems seem to come from the fact that you're creating your slideshow in another program and then exporting them as MPEGs.
What program are you creating your slideshow in? Wouldn't it make more sense to create your slideshow in Premiere Elements or even Photoshop Elements?
Thank you Hunt and Steve for your quick responses. I believe in the past I have tried AVI but there was distortion, but if I remember correctly that was on the other end. I will give that a try again. I have made several DVD's with MPEG files, but I've never had a problem with crashing like this. I've tried shows that I have already finished and it is still crashing. As far as the slideshow software, I am using ProShow and I'm using this rather than Premiere because I am working with photos and not video files and it has more to offer in that aspect. Premiere was included in the package when I purchased Elements and I started using it for the capability of adding scene selection and the menus.
Thanks again for any help.
MPEG-2 is the final Transcode for DVD-Video, but it does not work well as an intermediate step. It is heavily compressed, and is also GOP. For some background on GOP, this ARTICLE will give you some background. I hold off bringing anything MPEG into the workflow, until it is absolutely needed. It works fine for that final step, but creates all sorts of problems, quality being a big one, if used before that final Transcode.
One other solution: If your slideshow is essentially finished and you just want to create a DVD from it, you may want to consider Sony's DVD Architect Studio -- $39.95 if you download it from their site.
DVD Architect is a dedicated DVD authoring system. It works very efficiently, especially with MPEGs as a source, and it's a much more powerful DVD creation app.
No point in involving Premiere Elements if you're only going to use it to generate your DVD.