I'm not trying to dis bighap, he knows his $h!t and I know his posts are very accurate. Every user has a different story with every app used. CloneDVD worked much better for me then IC7 did. I never tried the newer Pinnacle products--gave up on IC once I got my hands on the insanely faster CloneDVD. Note, this is from www.elby.ch in Switzerland, not the imitation from a Canadian company that released a CloneDVD product about 6 months prior to the elby release. IC7 was capable of producing slightly better quality on the troublesome movies (I fell back on it with a Spongebob collection that had no extras to delete) but I hated the inaccuracy of the final image size and having to wait 4 hours only to find it only create 3.95GB worth of files and needed to be tweaked to use the extra 400MB's to beef up the quality a bit more. It was still better than the manual process, but when I can generally Rip and Re-encode a movie with CloneDVD in less time than it takes to watch the movie and get strong results, I'll stick with Elby over Pinnacle. I know opinions are like @$$holes, but IMO, it's worth a look at for the 30-day trial to see if it meets anyone's needs. There is a crack out for an earlier release that is said to carry over to the latest versions fine if you install the earlier version then upgrade. No mention if it works directly on a clean instal of the latest release. This older release and key is available on a site that also hosts PrimoDVD still for those who want to look for it.
RE: Burning the Video_TS Folder:
By default, the Primo/RNM products check the Video_TS for mastering type errors and crap. It never works no matter how you structure the files. Some weird bug that never got picked up I guess. If you disable it, it should burn the folder fine--it's what I use when I have the files on my HD. Goto "Tools", "Options" from the drop down menu. Click on "Data Disc" (in some versions it's a tabbed interface, others its a list on the left.) Look for a setting about "Recognize.....Video_TS...per DVD specification" (syntax changes slightly between versions) and remove the check box. From now on, just start a Data Disc job and when you add folders, just add the VIDEO_TS folder, and make sure it shows on the disc as being rooted like "D:\VIDEO_TS\*.*" and you've got your DVD. So long as you've got the right .vob/.ifo structure within the Video_TS folder, it should playback just fine.
If it ain't broke don't try to fix it! But, hell if you can tweak that bastard just a little bit more....hehehe.