Q1 - you don't just burn MPEG files to make a movie DVD, you must "author" which involves using whatever source you have to create the special file structure and VOB files (put a Hollywood DVD in your drive, cancel playing the movie, then use Windows Explorer to look at the file structure and files on the DVD)
As for using MPEG files as source, that will depend on exactly what is in those files and if PreEl is able to read them
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811?tstart=0
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below
For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
User Guide P-Elements 9 http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/index.html
Q2 - many people do, some have problems
Way too complicated for me to understand, that :(
So I shouldn't have just copied the mpegs from my camcorder to my laptop/external hard drives? I have to do something else to transfer the files in order to burn them to a disc?
Go to the user guide I linked and start reading
An mpeg file does not directly make a movie dvd... you MUST use "authoring" software to create the required file structure and the files themselves that make a plain DVD into a "movie" DVD
PreEl is both an editing and an authoring program
You really need to read the user guide
Thanks everyone. I have found that I have Nero Vision within Nero StartSmart Essentials, which looks like it might work.
But if that does work, I may try PreEl to edit any I need to edit.
NeroVision worked, but there is no sound, don't know why.
If I use Premiere Elements, can I just use it to burn a DVD if I don't need to edit the clips?