You don’t need any special expertise to make a DVD at home. However, you will need to follow a few basic technical instructions to make sure your finalized DVD content has good quality and is error free.
DVD BURNING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
Your desktop or laptop computer needs a DVD drive that is capable of burning media to a disc in addition to playing a movie. Most owner’s manuals clearly state features of the drive. Alternatively, you can purchase and install an internal or external drive that you obtain from a computer or electronics retailer.
Check to make sure the computer manufacturer included complementary DVD burning software. Operating system developers, such as Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X, include free DVD making software. For example, in Windows click on the All Programs menu option and search for burning programs.
You can buy DVD discs from local and online stores in the computer and electronic section. Make sure the labeling on the outside of the package states DVD minus-R, DVR-R or DVD plus-R, DVD+R. The letter R stands for recordable and this means the disc is designed for burning and playing in a dvd player.
Most computers have no problem playing the DVD-R or DVD+R format. If you plan to watch your homemade movie using your set-top player refer to the owner’s manual to determine if there are any format restrictions.
MAKE THE DVD
Insert the blank disc into the drive on your computer. In most instances the operating system detects that you are using a blank disc and prompts you to make a DVD. Choose this option to fully launch the DVD burning program.
Browse the menu options at the top of program. For example, click on File and then select Burn Disc. Locate the home movie content that you have saved on your hard drive, such as video of a family vacation or wedding. The program switches to an editing mode.
Create a main DVD title and sub-menus using the intuitive features in the program. You can even insert transitions and special effects. Click the Preview button after you have edited the movie. This prevents wasting a good blank DVD if the first edit or copy does not meet your expectations.
Click the Burn button. The DVD burning program fires up the laser in the DVD drive that burns content to the disc. It is fully automated and you will see a message that says Complete when burning has finished.