Problems with Quicktime Conversion, FCE2

I am having problems using quicktime conversion. I want to export a 4 minute sequence into uncompressed AVI.
Each time i do this i get an almost 4 gb file that is only the first 18 seconds of the sequence. (when i export to WMV I get the same problem, except its 30 seconds)
I can export using compressed AVIs (such as DV-PAL), but the quality is not too good.
I am simply trying to get the best quality and most-universally useable file to write out onto a data DVD.
Any ideas/suggestions anyone?
I have am using a PowerPC G4 laptop, FCE2, OSX tiger....
Further problems: when i write this movie out to DVD with iDVD, and when it is in NTSC setting, black white lines appear on top of the black background parts in the movie, rather sporadically. I have written it out 3 or 4 times, and each time the frequency of the lines is different, but each DVD is unusable. In PAL setting this doesnt happen, but of course the quality is diminished, as the orig. footage was taken on an NTSC camera. I am in Europe, so this PAL/NTSC conversion thing is a neverending problem.... Is this an iDVD problem or a problem with my laptop's burner?

Dear Tom,
I appreciate you replying to my post, and am sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but i never received an email notification of a reply.
The Nattress solution seems like a good route - is this compatible with FC Express 2?
The purpose of this AVI export is to have the highest possible quality file in data form, which the (PC using) client will then be able to write out onto DVD, convert/edit himself, etc. I have written out the self-contained QuicktimeMovie data file for him, but he is unable to open that. When i write out the AVI file, it is over 4 times as big as the QTmovie file and only plays for the first 18 seconds.
I am exporting to my internal harddrive (laptop).
The end goal is to get this file eventually onto a PAL-BETA video. This is where the NTSC-PAL conversion problem comes in, and maybe the Nattress program could be the solution (although it initially seems a bit complicated to me).
Another important part of this problem, is that iDVD writes out the original NTSC file with funny white lines going across the black backgrounds - so I cant write the best quality NTSC video onto DVD properly either. Each time I write it out, the frequency of these white lines is different. I dont know if this is a related problem, a Final Cut Express export problem, an iDVD problem, or a problem with my DVD writer. (I made the movie, exported it self-contained QTmov, imported it into a new file, did some color-correction, and exported the new final version. - maybe the problem stems from within this simple process? ? ? )
(Regarding the WMV export: this is not so important, lets not deal with this now. I have flip4mac, downloaded free. My experience is that it doesnt really work.)
So... any ideas or suggestions?
i appreciate your help,

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