How to Burn Videos to CD-R Disks

By Lita McLeary

A CD-R is an external storage device that is used to save file for backup or reproduction purposes. Unlike a CD-RW, anything that is burned or written onto a CD-R cannot be modified or tampered. “Burning” is the process of writing files to a storage media. Burning videos to a CD-R should be easy if you know the proper steps to follow.

Step 1

Prepare the video files that you want to burn onto a CD-R. If they are stored into a separate storage device, transfer them to your computer first. Note that you cannot delete data burned into a CD-R. Make sure that you have the right files before proceeding to the burning process.

Step 2

Navigate to the location of the video files that you want to burn to the CD-R. For example, if they are in your “My Documents” folder, click “Start,” and then “My Documents.”

Step 3

Right click on the file that you want to copy, and then click “Send To.” Select “CD/DVD-RAM” and wait for the computer to move the file to the location that you chose. Do the same to the other files that you want to copy. When the files are copied, a balloon pop-up saying “You have files waiting to be written to the CD” will appear on your System Tray (located at the lowermost right side of the window).

Step 4

Click on the balloon to open your CD/DVD folder. Alternatively, you can click “Start,” “My Computer,” and then “CD-DVD-ROM.”

Step 5

Navigate to the upper left portion of the CD/DVD window and click “Write these files to CD.” Follow the instructions of the “CD Writing Wizard” to complete the burning process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that the CD you are using has enough space available to accommodate the video you want to copy. Because video files usually consume a large chunk of disk space, it is best to use a blank CD-R.
  • If you accidentally move a file onto your CD-DVD drive together with the other files that you want to copy, you can remove it before you burn them to the CD-R. Just click on the file and press the “Del” button to delete.