First of all, lemme say that this is excellent software. I am almost for certain that I am over looking something very small that is causing all of my grief.
I was using dvd2dvd-r 1.49a with success -- until I wiped my machine, and reinstalled XpSp1. [Now version 1.50 is out (see http://www.mrbass.org/dvd2dvdr/ ) and I intend to use it.]
 After wiping my machine, I make a norton ghost image of my fresh and clean install of winxp and save that image to a Fat32 partition.
 The very next thing I do is install the Intel Chipset drivers for my abit canterwood board. (reboot).
 Now, I run windows update and get practically everything all at the same time ... everything from IE updates to Directx. It's about a 60MB download. Thank goodness for broadband! (reboot).
 Next, I install the updated driver to my video card. (reboot)
 Then, I update the driver to my SB Audigy 2. (reboot).
 Install ForceAsPI 1.8 (http://members.fortunecity.com/forceaspi18/) (reboot)
 Now, all software including Dvd2DVd-r is installed ... smartripper, dvddecrypter, nero, cce, office xp, all that stuff.
 I click on DVD2DVD-R, and I point the mpeg encoder to CCE, after loading a DVD that I have already FULLY copied to my HD using DVD decrypter in FILE mode... ALL files.
 Next I go to the eclCCE subdirectory under the dvd2dvdr directory and I run the "eclcce.exe" program, and point it to CCE's location.
 I run CCE, and under options-> extensions, I change the MPEG-2 Video elementary Stream from "mpv" to "m2v"
 I reboot for good measure.
 I run DVD2DVD-R, load my movie, select one audio stream, NO subtitle streams, and only select the main movie video. (I've tried selecting both IFOEDIT and Scenarist for reauthoring...) I point the output directory to a blank DIR on my other HD. I do 3 passes with CCE @ variable bitrate... DVD2DVDR auto configures the bitrate values used. Then I hit "GO"
When it comes time to load up DVD2AVI, the program just sits there. My machine isn't locked up, the program just doesn't initialize properly... I sometimes get "out of memory" ... ya right, I have a gig of corsair ddr3200 ram that passes memtest no problem! I'm not even overclocking...
Any ideas? Oh, and I ain't doin' PAL .. I only do NTSC movies!