I use Creator 2011 to make DVD's. I typically start by making a slideshow of camera stills (and I always use the opan/zoom option) and then open in Videowave to tweak. That involves pan/zoom edits, interspersing short videos clips and minor edits to the audio tracks. Then I save to an mpeg and move on to the next slideshow. After I have all the individual mpegs I use MyDVD to create the DVD. I'm never completely satisfied with the playback quality of the DVD on my widescreen TV. I always assumed it was the source image files but I've upgraded cameras and although the source images are much improved the DVD production is only marginally improved.
I'm interested in any guidance on best practices for creating DVD's (I don't have a Blu-ray burner). That could include any info on proper setting for creating mpegs (or another format) as well as the DVD.