How to Burn DVDs? Let’s Count the Ways

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August 23, 2012

Finding many ways to burn a DVD is not as hard as it used to be. Programs have become very user friendly whether you are running Windows, Linux or a Mac. The following tips explain how it is done and what software you can use.

Burning in Windows

If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, you don’t even need to download software. A burner is included in the system. You just need a blank disc.

Put a blank DVD disc in the DVD drive (DVD+/-RW or DVD+/-R). Click Start and go to the “Computer” menu option. After double clicking “DVD” select “With a CD/DVD Player”. Choose “Next”. Drag and drop the files you want to record in the window.

You can also go to the folder where all the files you want to burn are. Select them and select the “Burn” button on the toolbar.

If you are using Windows XP or older, there is no built-in DVD writing capability built-in. But there are many freeware and shareware programs that can do the job.

Among the most popular are Super DVD Creator, Nero Burning ROM, BurnaAware Free and CDBurnerXP. There are also burners for Windows Vista and Windows 7. They offer more options compared to the built-in utility. Freeware and shareware programs offer many ways to burn a DVD.

Step 1

Download the software and install it.

Step 2

Place a blank DVD disc in the disc drive. Ignore any prompts made by Windows.

Step 3

Launch the third party program, if it doesn’t start automatically.

Step 4

Choose an option called “burn Data DVD” or something similar. Add the files you want to burn. A status bar will tell you how much space is left on the blank disc.

Step 5

Select any burning options you want. This will vary per application. For most burning jobs, the default settings will suffice.

Step 6

Click “Burn”. The software will automatically eject the disc when it is finished.

Burning Discs on Mac OS X

Like Windows Vista/7, Mac OS X has a built-in utility for making DVDs. Put a blank disc in your computer’s player. A disc icon will appear. Double click it. Drop the folders or files to be burned. Choose “Burn Disc”. Another option is to put all the files in a folder.

Right click the folder and choose “Burn Folder to Disc”.

There are also third party burners for the Mac. Among the most popular are Roxio Toast, MacBurn, Disco and Burn. SmallDVD and iDVD

are also good.

How to Make DVDs on Linux

There are many many ways to burn a DVD on Linux. Most of them use K3b as it has many features. This software runs on the KDE desktop but it is also compatible with Gnome. Your Linux system must have QT 3.2, KDE 3.2 or better.

Step 1

Download and install K3b. You can also install it at the command line in Ubuntu with the following command:

Sudo apt –get install k3b

Step 2

Start the program. It is usually at the “Start” and “Multimedia” menu.

Step 3

Choose the project you want to make. Choose “New Data DVD Project” to make a DVD. To create a video, choose “New Video DVD Project” and “Further Actions”.

The project window is where you will drag the files. The software will tell you how much space is left. Select “Burn” when you are done.

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