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The best solution is to select the option in Premiere Elements to burn your DVD files to a folder rather than directly to a DVD disc. (As I say in my books, there are a number of advantages to doing this -- and the process won't take any more time.)
Once the program has created your DVD files, use a program like ImgBurn (a free download) to burn the VIDEO_TS folder and its contents to a DVD disc and you're done!
Are you on Windows, or a Mac?
In Windows, you can go to System>Hardware>Device Manager, and can disable your internal DVD burner. Then, you should be able to use the external w/ no issues. Usually, this is not necessary, as one should get a drop-down with a choice of burner, when more than one is installed on a system.
I also advocate the Burn to Folder, and then using a utility like the great little ImgBurn. This would be my first test, and it WILL have a drop-down list of all burners on the system, if they are properly installed at the mechanics level.
Thanks for the speedy answers guys,
I have disbaled my inactive dvd burner and tried again to burn directly to dvd using my new external burner but I still get an error message ''could not initialize dvd burning engine''
I have downloaded ImgBurn, but just wondered if you could advise me on how to burn to a folder? As currently with this error message I am getting it blocks me from geting any of those dvd choice menus (i.e. to burn dvd to a folder).....am i able to do it via clicking the EXPORT button? I tried exporting it as an MPEG and then copied the mpeg to the disc but have just played it back and the image is very choppy and has obvoious quality issues...
Still stuck I'm affraid....
Any help on how to use ImgBurn would be great... thanks
If the Burning Engine is not initializing, that is different than PrE not finding the burner. Sorry that I missed the syntax of your error message.
I am not a big fan of uninstall/reinstall, but this might be a good case for doing so. Something is wrong with the Burning Engine module in PrE.
I cannot recall if PrE has the Repair Install function, like all of the PrPro CS suites has, but if it does, that would possibly save you time and get your installation back on track.
I apologize for mis-reading your error message in the initial posts.
Just want to thank both Steve and Bill for your help,
I have now managed to burn to dvd, by first burning the movie to a folder and then using ImgBrn as suggested.
Your articles and links helped me fix the glitches I was having in my system set up.
You are most welcome.
Good news that you now have your Project on a DVD!
Thanks for reporting and good luck,