Okay, I figured out the work around for all of the buggy issues with EMC9 regarding he codec issues. I made the decision to spend my time learning Adobe Premier Elements as opposed to doing uninstalls and clean installs as I just didn't have an success with doing that. The multitude of time I had already spent didn't justify continuing.
Here's what I found though...Premier Elements has a problem conforming VOB extension files as EMC generates. However, almost every machine sold has MSWMM on it which rapidly recognizes the VOB extensions. I took all of my EMC projects and imported them over to MSWMM and then burned them to a file as AVI extensions. Adobe rapidly conforms AVI files so I was off and running.
In the end, I was able to spend some time learning my way around Premier Elements and completed a couple of time sensative projects I needed to finish. I also found that the capability of Premier Elements and the control allowed on all aspects of DVD authoring and design was a significant step above EMC.
At the list price of $149.00 for Premier Elements 3 bundled with Photoshop 5 I did the math and based on the hours I was spending on EMC, I saved money and most of all time by making the change.
I really hope at some point in time Roxio can get this issue figured out as I have seen firsthand other programs load quickly and work great without hangs or bugs.