How to Burn a DVD so That It Will Play Automatically in a DVD Player
By C. Taylor
DVDs traditionally open with a menu, allow you to make selections and then play your video. However, if you don't foresee multiple options on your DVD or simply don't want to create a menu, you can choose to bypass the menu and automatically play the video. Windows DVD Maker gives you two options to enable this feature. The first option automatically plays the video and displays a menu after playback is completed. The second options plays the video repetitively in a loop.
Insert a blank DVD-R or DVD+R into your DVD burner. Although DVD-R formats historically offered greater compatibility over DVD+R formats, that's not necessarily true for modern players or burners. To be safe, check the documentation for both your DVD burner and DVD player to ensure they support the chosen DVD format.
Click "Burn a DVD Video Using Windows DVD Maker" from the AutoPlay window, or click "Start," "All Programs" and "Windows DVD Maker."
Click "Choose Photos and Videos" in the Windows DVD Maker splash screen. This screen may not appear if you previously ran Windows DVD Maker. If you see the "Add Pictures and Videos to the DVD" window, skip this step.
Click "Add Items" and double-click each video you wish to add.
Click "Play Video and End With DVD Menu" or "Play Video in a Continuous Loop" from the DVD-Video tab and click "OK."
Click "Menu Text," "Customize Menu" and "Menu Styles" to alter the appearance of the menu. If you chose the video loop option, there will be no menu, so you do not need to alter menu settings.
Click "Burn" to create the DVD.
- Do not make illegal copies of videos, such as cloning rented DVDs or burning videos you do not on the copyrights on for distribution.
C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.