I am a beginner and have used Magix on CD and DVD 2.0
Its a bit wobbly but there is a newer version out. Its not too expensive either. You can add titles, music, video clips etc, and burn them to DVD or svcd or vcd format with great sucess. Works on my computer and stand a lone DVD player.
Movie maker 2 is fun but it only wants to save to Highmat, which has great compression, but will not play on a stand a lone player.
Hope this helps