How to Burn a Movie onto a Blank DVD-R

by Jim Campbell

Windows provides you with a native system to burn movies and songs to blank DVD-Rs. You use the system to copy your old personal movies or back up existing movies in case the originals become damaged. You can burn a movie directly from the Windows Media Player. Most new computers include DVD-R drives, so the write procedure requires only a blank disc. DVD-R drives let you burn music and movies as well as back up important files.


Click the Windows "Start" button and click "All Programs." Click "Windows Media Player" to open the system software. Insert the blank DVD-R in your computer's drive.


Click the "Burn a CD or DVD" button that displays when the Media Player software detects the blank DVD-R. Select "Video DVD" from the list of burning options. Click "Next."


Click "Video Library" to choose a video from your list of movies. Click the movie you want to copy, then click "Next."


Click "Add More" if you want to add another movie to the DVD-R. Otherwise, click "Burn DVD" to start the recording. It takes several minutes to complete the copy. After the burning process completes, the computer ejects the DVD-R in the drive.

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About the Author

Jim Campbell has been a computer engineer for over five years. He excels in hardware repair, computer programming and troubleshooting, and software design. He is currently attending Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a master's degree in computer and electrical engineering and fine-tuning his technical writing abilities.

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