Wow, I am learning a lot from this discussion, thanks,
The reason I reported the burn area of the disk was to hopefully give you some useful info - maybe its not.
You ask why I want to squeeze all I can get on a disk. What I want first is best quality, and second to get all of one project on one disk if possible. I assumed if the EMC 9 quality was set to HQ (not "fit to disk") and I had room left I was good to go. Is this true or not?
You mention bitrates. Below is the info from Matrox Mediaexport on the mpg2 files I export from Adobe Premiere 6.5. As you probably know Matrox is an add-on to adobe. Is this a good fit for EMC 9 or would I be better exporting avi files from Adobe and letting EMC 9 encode them. I am looking for best quality because the new flat screen tv's sure show any flaws.
For creating DVD-quality, variable bit rate video, using simple VBR mode (multiplexed).
720x480; 29.97 fps; VBR average 4500 Kbps; Sequence header before every GOP.
MPEG audio layer II
48 kHz; 16-bit; Stereo; 384 Kbps
Motion Estimation: 16
Thanks for the help and information.