Your not an idiot pc's are
What kind of software and hardware are you using besides the burning software?
What kind of burner, operating sys. ect.
As far as burning software I use:
2.Roxio, the new roxio 7 uses the joliet supressor.
Never used arora before. Used alcohol 120 a little but not much but that one should be a good one.
Sounds like you need some kind of conversion software. I think thats seperate software from the burning software.
I would help more but I just don't know anything about the converting part.
Quote "I was also told I have to convert the mpeg movie file to an img format before burning so my home dvd player can read."
This sounds to me like what you need to do though don't know about the other.
Do a search in your search engine for converting mpeg that should help :-)