The "Failure to Return Video Frame," is very often due to a gap in the video on the Timeline. This can be as small as a single Frame. Usually, there will be a TimeCode listed, or perhaps a %. Since PrE uses a 2-pass encoding scheme, a % of 48% would be 96% of that first pass on the Timeline. That would where I would start looking for gaps. Also, they are easier to see, if you zoom in on the Timeline.
As far as a brand, Verbatim and Taiyo-Yuden are the most respected brands. I do not know about the Sony brand, but there have been some recent complaints from users, so maybe they have adopted the Memorex business plan - buy the cheapest brand that day, and relabel them with the company logo. This ARTICLE will give you some tips on playability.
Thank you Bill. I'm going to try out Verbatim today.
For the actual burning problem, I'm not sure I understand where I should check for the gap? If it stops at 10% of a 10 minute film, for instance, where would the gap be in relation to the timeline? Would it be at the 1 minute mark or somewhere else?
OK, you have a 10 min. Timeline, and the Transcoding stops at 10% of the total 2-pass operation. That 2-pass comprises 100%, so at 50% of the Transcoding, one has run the complete 1st pass. At 10%, one would begin looking around 20% or the 10 min. Timeline, or 2 min. Now, remember that there could also be other gaps, but that might have just been the first one.
Gaps can come about several ways, and are often tiny, just a few frames, so they do not stand out. I use a little "trick" to test for gaps. With the Timeline zoomed in pretty tight, I hit Home, then use PageUp and/or PageDn to step through the Clips. It's pretty easy to see how the CTI (Current Time Indicator w/ the red edit line) jumps seamlessly from Clip to Clip. If you see a hiccup, or little pause, you have likely found your gap. How you handle your gaps will likely be dictated by where they are, and also if you have Audio that "covers" the gap.