Just like you im new to recording & burning. Ive posted a trhead in the forum the topoc is recording moives. Anyway I think you are having same problem as me. Ive downloaded movei to pc from camcorder and then using windows media player to record/copy. It seems to copy when i sue CD-RW disk but wont play on my TV cd player but it wont record on the DVD+RW disk ( the guy at the shop shop said I could record on these. I think it might be that we need software. I think Sonic stage does all the tricks so try it out. Ive seen that software on Sony machines and it seems to be very simple and easy.
In order to turn a video file (avi. Mpeg, wmv) into a dvd, you have to have some type of dvd authorizing suite or program. I use Roxio Easy CD/DVD Creator 7 for my dvd creation. I would just serch the internet and try to find some free trials for some software. Try www.roxio.com
u can use Nero vision express, its my favorite one, it seems to encode very well with most codec’s, dvix and xvid ect, it's easy to customize the bit rates to maximize the quality. As well as select the region it’s designed for.