How to Burn a DVD Video That's Too Big for My DVD

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

DVDs are convenient for holding videos of family events and memories since just about everyone has a DVD player. A digital video file that is larger than the DVD's 4.7 gigabyte capacity cannot be put on a single DVD unless it has been compressed to fit. The compression can be done by accessing the DVD-burning program's editing features before burning a DVD from the digital video. A number of DVD-burning programs can compress digital video, with availability ranging from freeware to paid-for versions for Mac and PCs. The compression found in the DVD-burning programs work in a similar manner to enable the digital video to be put onto a single DVD.

Things You'll Need

  • Web browser
  • Internet access
  • DVD burner
  • Blank recordable DVD

Step 1

Download a DVD-burning program, which has a compression feature built into it to the desktop of the computer, for example Toast Titanium for the Mac or the trial version of Magic DVD Ripper for a PC. Double-click on the icon on the DVD-burning program once it has been fully downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the DVD-burning program onto the computer's hard drive. Restart the PC after the installation has been completed.

Step 2

Run the DVD-burning program. Select "DVD-Video" from the drop-down menu to the right or beneath the "Video" tab. Select "DVD-R" from the drop-down menu to the right or beneath the "Devices" tab.

Step 3

Drag the digital video from the computer's hard drive into the icon of the DVD-burning program--the icon is on the desktop or in the Dock at the left side of the screen or at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4

Wait as the digital video loads into the DVD-burning program and displays its name inside of a column at the center of the DVD-burning program's main screen.

Step 5

Highlight the digital video file in the center column of the DVD-burning program's main screen. Press the "Edit" button to go to the "Editing" window.

Step 6

Click on the "Tab" button. Move the top tab below the video window to the right until the beginning of the digital video appears. Move the bottom tab below the video window to the right until the digital video ends. Click the "Done" button to return to the DVD-burning program's main screen.

Step 7

Highlight the digital video file in the center column of the DVD-burning program's main screen. Click on the Encoding" button on the DVD-burning program's main screen to go to the "Encoding" window.

Step 8

Select the "Encoding" tab at the top of the window. Click on the "Automatic" button below the "Encoding" tab. Move the "Video Quality" slider from all the way to the right to the middle point between the two ends.

Step 9

Click on "OK" to close the window and return to the DVD-burning program's main screen.

Step 10

Click on the "Fit to DVD" button on the DVD-burning program's main screen.

Step 11

Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive. Put the blank recordable DVD onto the disc tray. Close the disc tray.

Step 12

Click on the "Burn" button on the DVD-burning program's main screen. Wait as the digital video file is compressed so that it can fit on the DVD. Wait as the compressed digital video file is burned onto the DVD. Quit the DVD-burning program when the DVD has been burned. Eject the DVD.

Tips & Warnings

  • Videos that feature plenty of detail will suffer the most when compressed to fit on a DVD.
  • Inexpensive blank DVDs can fail to work after a few months or a year has gone by--unlike those discs made of quality materials.