Before you decide to burn a DVD, it is important to know what kind
of DVD you would like to burn. The type of DVD will usually determine
the process you use to go about burning. The three most common types of
DVDs to burn are Data DVD's, Multimedia Files to a DVD and making a
copy and burning a commercial DVD. The burning process will be
determined by the type of data you want to burn. You could do three
- Burn Data to a DVD
- Burn Multimedia Files to a DVD
- Copy and Burn a Commercial DVD
Burning Data to a DVD
Ordinary data such as documents, spreadsheets, database files and
backup files require only general DVD burning programs. The data that
you burn can be viewed on any type of computer with a DVD drive.
Popular DVD burning software programs include Nero 9
and Super DVD Creator 9.8.8.
You will need to purchase or download any of the DVD burning
software titles that are available on the market. For some computers
that are purchased new, DVD burning software already comes installed
and configured for your machine and DVD burner. You just need to open
up your DVD burner software, choose to burn a data DVD and follow the
instructions. You can usually burn a full length DVD (about 4.7 GB of
data) in less than 20 minutes and even quicker with high speed DVD
Burning Multimedia Files to a DVD
Multimedia files are usually larger files that include video either
recorded from a TV set, camcorder or digital camera or downloaded from
the internet. You may also want to convert an old VHS tape to a more
user friendly DVD.
Copying and Burning a Commercial DVD
Many people use their DVD burner to burn copies of commercial DVDs.
In most parts of the world, it is illegal to copy a commercial DVD and
sell or distribute it. However, you may want to make a copy for
There are many tools that can copy a commercial DVD. However, apart
from the normal DVD burner and DVD burning software, you will also need
special software that can decode or crack the digital rights
management. It is also important to note that besides cracking the code
and copying the data of the commercial DVD, you may need to shrink the
Most commercial DVDs are dual layer and have between 7 and 8.4 GB of
data. These files must be compressed to fit on a normal 4.7 GB DVD.
Once you have cracked the commercial DVD and compressed it, you can use
ordinary DVD burning software to burn your DVD.