Firstly, I only browsed a couple posts and find the responses most intelligent and time efficient, so here goes.
I shoot video in MiniDV format, and capture via a Pinnacle DV500+ card.
I have a 7200 rpm 40GB hard drive for storage so it holds just about an hours worth of footage, plus some audio and background files. I edit using Premiere 6.5 and encode with Ligos LSX or Tsunami MPEG encoder
I want to add a DVD authoring/burner system to take this 720X480 MPEG-2 video and burn to disc.
I am not going to ask the rookie question about best format because I knwo there are no clear answers, but is there a majority favorite format? And what is a great bargain authoring software? and bargain burner (4X is fine)?