Uploading video files to a DVD is called "burning" and transfers a copy of the video to this permanent storage medium. You might opt to burn videos to back them up, play them on DVD players or simply free up hard drive space. Formatting the DVD as a DVD video allows playback on most DVD players, but using a DVD data format will only allow playback on devices capable of playing individual video formats, such as Xvid, Divx or MP4. Windows 7 provides three native solutions for burning videos to DVD.
Windows DVD Maker
Click "Start," type "DVD Maker" and click "Windows DVD Maker" to launch the program.
Click "Add Items" and select the videos you wish to add to the project. Total DVD playback time is 150 minutes. The total playback time is tallied at the bottom of the window.
Click and drag video files in the resulting list to change the playback order.
Click "Next" when you are finished adding and sorting videos.
Click a menu style from the right-hand pane to change the default settings. Click "Menu Text" to change menu wording and fonts. Click "Customize menu" to change background and foreground videos. Preview your settings by clicking "Preview."
Insert a blank DVD in your DVD burner and click "Burn." Burning time depends on the video length, system resources and your DVD burner speed. After burning, click "Close."
Windows Media Center
Click "Start," "All Programs" and "Windows Media Center."
Insert a blank DVD into your DVD burner, scroll to "Tasks" in Windows Media Center and click "Burn CD/DVD."
Select "Video DVD" and click "Next."
Enter a title for your DVD and click "Next."
Select either "Recorded TV" or "Video Library" and click "Next." Your videos must reside in one of these two libraries.
Click the bottom-right check box of the listed videos to add them to your DVD. Click "Next."
Click "Burn DVD" and click "Yes" in the Initiating Copy notification. Click "Done" when complete.
Insert a blank DVD in your DVD burner.
Click "Burn Files to Disc Using Windows Explorer." Alternatively, press "Win-E" to open Windows Explorer and double-click your DVD burner's drive letter.
Select "With a CD/DVD Player" and click "Next."
Locate your video files and drag them to your DVD burner's drive letter. Alternatively, right-click a file, point to "Send To" and select your DVD burner.
Click "Burn to Disc" on the top toolbar to burn your videos.
- Windows DVD Maker and Windows Media Center options are only available in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise versions. However, the Windows Explorer method is available on all versions of Windows 7.
- Using Windows Explorer to burn videos formats the DVD as a data disc. This disc format is only playable on DVD players that support playback of individual video file formats.
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