I fought this for 3 weeks. Here's what I found which served as a great learning experience for me and might serve as good info for those not experienced with DVDs/burning/authoring etc.
I researched and researched as much as could find on this technology. Yet, I couldn't make a DVD that played on my home system. Home system consisted of a practically brand new Samsung V4600 DVD/VCR combo player. I was getting about 1 in 5 disks that would work and the one or two I got to work, would freeze, bobble the audio, pixilate and generally were of poor quality. At first I looked at the production end, software (Nero) installs and uninstalls, faulty configs, bad AVI source, fouled up harware. I just couldn't see what I was doing wrong. In my case, and again, it took me a while to believe what I eventually found, I started looking at the player.
In an attempt to eliminate that as the cause for the lack of playability, I took 4 freshly recorded DVDs made on the same computer/burner to Circuit City. All four had failed to play on my home Samsung - one of the four would go about 5 minutes and freeze, the rest were fritzed. CC let me play my same 4 home recorded DVDs on their store combo demos. The results: The Sony - played all four flawlessly. The Hitachi - played all four flawlessly, the Philips - played all four flawlessly. A no-name brand - played all 4 four flawlessly. Hmm. Luckily, down at the end of the shelf was a Samsung combo, a diff and slightly more expensive model from mine. It had a diff look but with all the buttons on mine at home. This Samsung failed to play all four DVDs including the one that froze 5 minutes in - flatly refused to play any of them! The store salesperson now became more than mildly interested in my tests and offered to re-test in a different order and shuffling the disc order as well. We each took two units each and swapped the discs back and forth. The Sony, Philips, no-name, and Hitachi played all four without a hitch. Now, although not very scientific, these tests told me that Samsung, for whatever reason, wasn't going to cut it. Is it an RIAA copy-protection thing with Samsung? Can't say. Moral: Don't assume, as I did, that all home players are exactly the same.
Although it may be extreme and somewhat inconvenient, those of you with similar problems to mine, might use this technique if your store will allow you to. Make sure to go in at a slow time during the mid-day and please ask permission. Oh, I made it good for the store and salesperson too because I bought the Philips ($94) and took the Samsung back for a refund at BestBuy.
Hopefully this is the end of my woes and I get back to something more productive.