How can I make a video smaller for a DVD?

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my one and a half hour video production will not fit on a DVD. I'm using Corel DVD moviefactory to burn and make menus. The AVI file started out at 126 GB. That was rendered with the standard DVD settings. This is a long video of the school play (about an hour and 20 min.) followed by a slide show of stills with transitions (I know that's memory intensive) and then 8 shorter videos of rehearsals and backstage stuff.
Next I rendered it with just the play part and no stills or extras...(sad). That was 115 gb, still at DVD settings and AVI. I then experimented with the sound settings with not much change.
Next I rendered with the Microsoft setting codec (whole thing). This is showing as 3.5 gb but when I put into Moviefactory it still shows as too big to fit on a DVD. I'm burning it anyway right now just to see the quality and how much fits.
I must be doing something really wrong to get such big files.
Would it help to render the slideshow separately and then place that movie into the big movie?
Using Camtasia 7 on Windows 7 machine
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Kay Nicholson Greenhaw

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Hi Kay,

Try rendering to MP4 or WMV, not AVI. It should be much, much smaller. You can find this under the Custom Production Settings path in the production wizard. This would be a much better format for the content you're trying to import into the Moviefactory program.

Hope this helps.
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would this answer work for Corel Video studio as well?  I have a similar problem with a slideshow i created in Corel Video Studio

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