Burning movies to DVD has never been easier nowadays. This article will walk you through the detailed process of how to burn a movie to DVD with two simple and free tools.

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Michelle | Updated at May 11, 2022


WonderFox doesn't advocate any illegal duplication and distribution and all information provided in this article is presented for general informational purposes and personal fair use only. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before you burn any DVDs. Burned content CANNOT be used for unauthorized reproduction, distribution or any commercial use.

Things You Should Know before Burning a Movie

Before burning a movie file to a DVD, there are several things you should know clearly to help a smooth and successful DVD burning:

1. What Tools Will You Need?

A blank DVD;

A computer with an internal or external disc drive;

A DVD burning program.

2. How to Choose the Right DVD Disc Format?

DVD disc has various formats for different uses and they generally separate from each other by their recordable ability. Yet not all formats are supported by your device (Your device manufacturers only stick to one or two DVD standards). You have to make sure the blank DVD disc you are choosing is compatible with your system. Some standard DVD disc formats are explained below:

DVD+R & DVD-R: "R" means the disc is recordable; Both standards can record data only once and be read many times; Both standards can store data up to 4.7G for the single layer, 8.5 G for the dual layer.

DVD+RW & DVD-RW: "RW" means the disc is re-recordable; The data on both discs can be erased and rewrite numerous times.

DVD+R and DVD+RW are supported by Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Philips, Ricoh, Sony, Yamaha, etc.

DVD-R and DVD-RW are supported by Apple, NEC, Samsung, Sharp, Panasonic, Pioneer, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Toshiba, Time Warner, etc.

3. Which Type of DVD You Want to Collect?

There are two types of DVD, namely, video DVD and data DVD, that you can use to store your movies.

Video DVD is the commercial and rental DVD that you would see in a store. It has a full DVD structure including VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS directories and you would browse the menus and chapters in the video DVD. It is playable on most DVD players and computers.

Data DVD is more of a disc-shaped flash drive that can store different media files like videos, photos, music, etc. It is playable only on the computer and laptop with a DVD-ROM (read-only memory) drive.

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How to Burn Movies to Data DVD with Windows Media Player

Note: When you insert your blank disc into the computer or laptop, a default program called Windows Explorer (File Explorer) that can burn easily your files into a data DVD may pop up as an option in the AutoPlay window. But we won't use the Windows Explorer here. Instead, we choose Windows Media Player, the default media player on Windows-based systems, to do the burning for it is more efficient and stable to burn movies to DVDs. The below steps are how to make a DVD movie with Windows Media Player.

Step 1. Insert a blank disc (preferably a DVD-R/DVD-RW disc) into your computer or laptop's DVD-ROM drive. An AutoPlay window may pop up, ignore and close it.

Step 2. Launch Windows Media Player (If you can't find it, enter "Windows Media Player" in the Start menu). On the upper-right area, switch to the Burn tab to enter the CD/DVD-burning workspace.

Step 3. Click on the check icon under the Burn tab to bring up the burn Options. Select Data CD or DVD from the list. You can continue to alter other options like Name disc to create a new name for your disc.

Step 4. On the left side menu, click on Music, Videos, and Pictures to browse your files. Then drag your wanted movies, songs, or photos to the burn list on the right side.

Step 5. Finally, hit Start burn above the disc image to start the burning process.

How to Burn a Movie to DVD-Video with DVDStyler

Windows 7 also has a default program Windows DVD Maker that can help burn movies to DVD-Video (Check how to burn a DVD in Windows 7 for further information). Yet that program has been removed on Windows 8 and newer versions. To offer a universal solution to burn video DVD on any Windows system, here we would use a third-party DVD authoring application to burn movies to DVD-Video.

The DVD Creator Software we are going to use here is DVDStyler, a cross-platform and open-source freeware. It can burn professional-looking DVDs that will play on any standalone DVD player. The following tutorial is how to burn movies with DVDStyler:

Step 1. Insert a blank disc into the DVD drive

Step 2. Run DVDStyler (Download and install DVDStyler from https://www.dvdstyler.org/en/downloads) and you'll see a Welcome dialog pops up. If you didn't see the dialog, click on the New button right beneath the File menu on the top-left corner to create a new project. Next, fill in the information for the project (Note the video format: choose NTSC for North America and Japan, choose PAL for other countries). Then click OK.

Step 3. Select a template for DVD menus. Then hit OK.

Step 4. On the left side of the program window, click on the File browser tab and navigate to your desired movies. Then drag your video files to the Titleset Manager (the bottom area of the window). You can see the available space on DVD from the progress line below.

Step 5. Finally, click on the Burn button (a disc on fire icon) from the top menu bar to burn DVD movies.

Note: To make a more professional DVD, please visit https://www.dvdstyler.org/en/documents?id=70 for more details.

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