How to Compress Video Files to Burn on DVD?

It’s easy to shrink video to fit DVD as long as you get the correct helper. In the following, I will introduce a simple yet powerful video compressor and show you how to compress video files to burn on DVD in detail. You are recommended to download the video compressor here and keep reading:

Michelle | Updated on May 10, 2022

Before Compressing DVD Files…

How to Compress Video Files to Burn on DVD?

Before Compressing DVD Files…

DVDs have capacity limits. The common DVD-5 is capped at 4.7GB. Yet, many of our homemade movies, cam recordings, and lots of other video materials are much bigger than that. How to burn more than 4.7 GB on DVD becomes a problem for all. But there’s something you might be missing, which is that the original file may not be in the DVD-Video format, and you don’t know whether the video size still exceeds that limit when the video is converted into that format. Generally speaking, since the DVD format has a low resolution (720*480; 720*576) and if your original file is in HD, 1080P, 4K, or even 8K, you’ll get a much smaller file once you’ve converted it to the standard DVD format. And that might just get the problem fixed. (The next part tells the way to convert any video to DVD-Video format as well.)

However, if your file is already in the DVD format or the converted file still has a large size, you could consider purchasing other types of DVDs, such as DVD-9 (8.54GB); DVD-10 (9.4GB) to carry your videos. Or you can try a more economical way to compress the video to fit on the DVD in hand. And that brings up our main topic today, which is how to compress video files to burn on DVDs.

Well, the key to the problem is using a video compression tool. And with a good compressor, you are able to compress DVD files to fit on DVD smoothly. In the next part, I will introduce a program that’s perfect for the job. It can help you fast convert and compress the video to the correct DVD format, so you can burn it on DVD that can be played on any standalone DVD player. Just read on.

Note. If you are going to burn a data DVD, you don’t need to convert files to the DVD video format but to compress the files only.

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How to Compress Video Files to Burn on DVD?

We will need a good video compressor for this. Here, I will use (and recommend) WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. It is a professional video converter as well as an efficient video compressor. At below, I will demonstrate how to convert videos to standard video format in one click and further show you the way to compress the video to be small enough for DVD burning with this software. Now, follow the instructions and learn how to compress a movie to fit on a DVD.

Before start, please free download free download the software and install it on your PC.

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Step 1. Import Source Video File(s)

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter. Next, click + Add Files or Add Video Folder to load all the video(s) needed into the converter. Or you can drag and drop the file(s) into the program directly.

Tips: If you have multiple videos, you can add them all into the converter for later batch conversion.

Step 2. Choose DVD Format

On the right side of the workspace, click the format image to open the output format library. Next, go to the Video category and pick VOB as the output format. After selecting VOB, you will see the output file format has changed to DVD. You can also see the estimated output file size. If the size is already small enough, you can skip to Step 4. If not, go to the next step and continue to compress the video.

Note: VOB is the container format in DVD-Video media. Based on the MPEG-2 program stream, VOB is the standard format for DVD. The software has already preset the optimal settings for VOB DVD burning, so you don’t have to configure any parameters yourself.

Step 3. Compress Video for DVD

The DVD format has a fixed resolution and encoder. Hence the proper way to reduce the DVD size is by reducing the video bit rate. Now, go to the Parameter settings and find the Bit rate option. Click on the option and choose a lower bitrate from the drop-down list. You can continue to change the frame rate, adjust the aspect ratio (4:3 and 16: 9), or norm (NTSC and PAL) if you want. Then click OK to save the changes.

Alternatively, you can use the trim tool to cut video into several parts to fit on multiple DVDs.

Step 4. Start Compressing

Click the bottom triangle button to specify an output folder. Keep in mind that the folder should have enough space to hold your output file. Finally, hit Run to start the compressing process. It will take a few minutes or so depending on the original file size.

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Now you should have a video ready for DVD burning. You can use the classic DVDStyler to assist you in this.  Here is another article of mine that talks about how to burn a movie to DVD with this software. It should be of some help.

That’s all for how to compress video files to burn on DVD. If you have any questions during the compressing process, please feel free to contact me via Twitter, and I’ll be glad to help. Thanks for reading.

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