How to Burn Video DVDs in Windows 7

October 2, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Many Windows users are tuned into the old way of doing things, especially when it comes to multimedia. For instance, how many of you have installed WinZip, despite the fact that Windows has natively handled ZIP files since Windows XP?

A similar situation comes with burning discs. While previous Windows releases allowed data burning, it could be difficult to create a fully compatible audio CD or video DVD without suitable authoring software. Fortunately with Windows 7, this is now a thing of the past as there are now easy to use built-in tools designed to make burning videos very simple indeed.

How to Burn Video DVDs in Windows 7

All you need is an optical disc drive with burning capabilities and a blank DVD ROM disc…

Choosing a Video Format

As with any computer related task, you will need to pay particular attention to the file type of the video you wish to burn to DVD. For instance, choosing an unsupported format will result in the Windows DVD Maker software informing you that the file cannot be opened, which could lead to problems if you’re trying to burn a recently downloaded video that you really want to watch.

Instead, you will need to stick to a particular subset of video files, with audio also encoded in the correct manner. Any still images you wish to include should also be within the accepted list of formats.

The files supported by Windows DVD maker are as follows:

Video files: .asf, .avi, .dvr-ms, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv

Audio files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav, and .wma

Picture files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff, and .wmf

Using Windows DVD Maker

Found as part of Windows 7, Windows DVD Maker can be opened quickly from Start – simply type “dvd” to see the Windows DVD Maker link on the results, and click this to open (the application can also be opened from within Windows Media Center).

Once running, the application is pretty straightforward. You must begin by clicking the Add items button, which will then allow you to browse for and add one or more video files to your new project (which you can save at any time via File > Save).

With your files added, confirm that the selected DVD burner is selected via the drop down in the top right and then check the pie chart in the lower left corner to make sure you’re not trying to squeeze too much data on to the disc.

The Options button in the lower right will allow you to configure various settings, such as choosing whether or not to use a menu or have the disc autoplay, as well as specifying aspect ratio and burner speed.

Meanwhile, clicking Next on the main screen will take you to the menu styles view, where you can select from several DVD menu styles. Some may look a little dated, but they’re a good selection that is well-rendered in the finished DVD. Customization options are available too, which we’ll be looking at in the next article.

Once you’re happy with your menu, simply click Burn, and a few minutes later the finished disc will be ready to watch!

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