And for dvd production, i use professional quality tools only because I am an obnoxiously picky person and like to complicate my life needlessly.
And we like that about you. So what are you using for DVD burning/producing?
Well, last time I played around with it, DVDfab was the acclaimed recommendation, and I liked it also. It's flexible and powerful, perhaps a little complicated, but it's a complicated thing to make dvd menus and stuff if you want to customize every little thing.
I found the most annoying part of the whole process converting the videos into the proper dvd format (video_ts, etc.). It takes a long time, it's complicated, huge files, very annoying. It is this precise reason why i don't really do this often...it takes too long.
In my opinion, dvd's and their format is old hat. Time to move on. I like mkv files because mkv has a lot of features. It would be cool to be able to purchase an mkv file eventually. So currently I'm more interested in mkv creation tools vs dvd creation tools. I don't think you can have menus in mkv files, but you can have chapters within the files and multiple audio streams and subs. So in one file, you can shove in a whole bunch of stuff. If I were a producer, I'd look into suites that can output mkv files with lots of customizeable options.
For video editing, after trying a bunch of suites, i settled on sony vegas. Haven't tried outputting to mkv yet. This is off topic...