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Put the DVD in the burner. If you apply a label, make sure it’s a full-size circular label; any lack of symmetry or balance on the disc can cause misalignment during the burning process, especially at higher speeds.If you write directly on the DVD, use a water-based pen; the alcohol in other types of penscanseepintothedye on the disc and damage the data.
Specify the target size. Most programs will assume you’re burning onto a standard DVD, which has 4.3GB of storage space (even though they advertise 4.7GG–that’s using the decimal system, but your computer uses the binary systemhttp://www.signvideo.com/d-athr_pt1.htm). If you’re using a Dual Layer DVD, Mini-DVD, or CD-R, however, you’ll need to alter this setting.
Choose the format of the video file. NTSC is used in the US, while PAL is used in most of Europe and Asia.
Slow it down. Recording at the highest possible speed can result in more errors. Bringing it down to 4x can result in more consistent burning sessions.
Select the recording quality. The higher the quality, the longer it’ll take to encode the file, and the more room it’ll take up on the DVD.
Configure the menu if possible and if desired.
Save the transcoded files to a particular location. After the burning process is complete, you’ll want to come back here and delete the files that have already been burned.
Wait. Filling up a standard data DVD should take no more than 20 minutes, but burning a multi-media disc will take a few hours. The part that takes the longest is the encoding. Don’t use your computer during this time–don’t check your e-mail, don’t play a game, don’t touch that mouse or keyboard. See additional adviceintheTipsbelow.
Take care of your burned DVDs. Store them in cases designed specifically for DVDs–since DVDs are really two discs chemically bonded together, they can’t handle as much pressure as CDs can, so cases for DVDs are designed to minimize bending when you take the disc