Digital video stored on a computer hard drive takes up a lot of drive space; as much as 10 gigabytes for every hour of video. Burning videos to a DVD creates a long-lasting copy so the footage stored on the hard drive can be deleted to free up space. Burning videos to DVDs also makes them portable to share with family and friends. A computer equipped with a DVD burner will most likely have burning software already installed. Recordable DVDs are the only supplies needed.
Place a blank disc in the computer's media tray and close the tray. On Apple computers and notebooks, push the disc gently into the slot; the DVD burner will grab and pull in the disc automatically.
Open the software for managing the DVD burner by double-clicking the program's name. Windows DVD Maker is standard on Microsoft operating systems. Apple's iDVD is installed on Mac systems with a DVD burner.
Click "File," then "New" to begin a burning project in Windows, or "New Project" in iDVD.
Select "Add Files" in Windows to open a folder containing videos stored on the computer. Select "Import" when using iDVD.
Click each desired video file to add it to the burn list.
Select themes and menu features, as desired, from the available software options.
Click the "Start Burn" button to record the video files to the DVD.
- Let the DVD finalize before removing the disc from the computer. Finalization prepares the DVD for playback on other components than the computer used to create it.
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