How to Burn a Double Layer DVDby Alan Donahue
Dual layer DVD discs can hold double the amount of space as a standard DVD, and they play in all regular DVD players. This makes it easier to store multiple movies, or create back up computer files. Burning a double layer DVD is not that much more complicated than a standard DVD, but there are some settings you need to be aware of when creating the discs. The best program to use for this is Nero Start Smart because it provides all of the tools you need.
DVD Video Disc
Click on the "Photo/Video" icon underneath the program's main menu. Nero Burning Rom will load and present you with a new project.
Look in the bottom right-hand corner of the project for a drop down menu. The menu should say DVD. Click on the drop down menu and select "DVD-9." This is the technical name for a double layered DVD.
Drag and drop your media files into the project. The program will automatically analyze them and show you how much space they take up on the DVD. When the blue progress bar has turned red, the DVD is full and has too much content on it.
Click next to proceed to the menu editing process. Create customized menus for the DVD, including your own background, font and preview screens. Press "Next" when you have finished editing the menu.
Watch a preview of the DVD menu, and press "Next" when you have tested all of the functions. The final screen will come up with the burning options. Insert the double layered DVD disc, and press the "Burn" icon to let the burning process begin.
DVD Data Disc
Click on the "Data" icon in the main Nero menu. Click on "Make a Data DVD". Wait for the menu to load within the program.
Click on the drop down menu in the lower corner and select the "DVD-9" option. This option may appear in the left-hand corner for some versions of the Nero program. Press the next button when you have made all of the selections.
Insert a blank double layer DVD into your computer drive. Make sure that it is a dual layer blank DVD, because using a single layer could cause the DVD to have an error and be ruined.
Check your burn settings, and press the "Burn" icon when everything is selected. Wait for the DVD to burn and complete. The disc will pop out of the drive when it is complete.
Insert the disc back into your drive, and make sure that the DVD works. Wait for the files to load, and click on a few to make sure there were no errors.
Items you will need
- link Nero
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