How to Burn a DVD So All DVD Players Will Read

By April Kohl

The DVD video format comes in many forms, but home recorders such as the DVD burners in many computers can produce discs that will work in most, if not all, players. By encoding video files to DVD format and transferring them to a DVD-R format disc, you can burn a DVD so all players will read it quickly and simply.

Things You'll Need

  • Video file
  • DVD creation software
  • DVD burner
  • Blank DVD-R

Step 1

Load the DVD creation software, such as Nero, CDRDAO (which is free software) or Roxio. Click the "Add video" button and browse to where your video file (or files) are saved. Select the files you want to add to the DVD and click "Add." When all the files you want are added, click "Next."

Step 2

Create a menu system to allow users of the DVD to access all the videos on the disc. Most DVD creation software will automatically build a basic menu for you, which you can edit as required. Rename the videos to something more descriptive, change the font of the text and rearrange the videos into whatever order you prefer. Click "Next" when you are satisfied with the menu.

Step 3

Insert a blank DVD-R into your DVD burner. The DVD-R format is a universal format, so all DVD players can read it. Click the "Next" or "Burn" DVD button to select burning options for your DVD. Give the DVD a title that describes its contents and select a speed to burn the disc at. Click "OK" or "Begin" to start the burning process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Each video you add to the DVD will take up a certain amount of space, and trying to fit too many videos onto one DVD will reduce the video quality significantly. If you have more than four hours' worth of video to burn to DVD, consider splitting the videos between multiple discs. This will prevent the quality of each video being reduced too far.
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it an offense punishable by a fine or imprisonment to burn copies of copyrighted videos to DVD. You should only make DVDs of videos for which you own the copyright, or for which you have express written permission to transfer to DVD.