DVDs can store more information than CDs. DVDs are 4.7GB in size and come in multiple formats while CD’s can only store up to 700MB of data. Creating your personal DVDs makes it easy to share your home videos or movie clips. You can also copy existing DVDs for other people and back up your computer data for lower cost when using DVDs. This ITS training documentation shows you how to burn your own DVD video or copy an existing DVD.
The training that follows uses Nero StartSmart because that software is found in the labs on campus which are available to all faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and Staff computers have Sonic RecordNow software installed on them, and the same DVD burning functions can be achieved through that software.
To access Nero StartSmart, click on Start > All Programs > Nero 7 Ultra Edition > Nero StartSmart.
You may want to create a DVD video for a class project or a presentation. The following steps walk you through the process.
1. Click on Photo and Video. All the options for photo and video DVD projects then display in the window.
2. Click on Make Your Own DVD-Video.
3. On the right hand side click Add Video Files… and find the video files you wish to burn onto the DVD.
4. Click Next.
5. The next screen shows how your DVD menu will look. Here you can change Titles as well as the location of your chapters/videos.
6. Click Next.
7. The next screen is the remote control behavior screen which you can edit to make certain buttons perform certain behaviors.
8. Click Next.
9. Click Burn.
10. While the DVD is burning, a progress bar will appear on the screen. When it finishes, the DVD drive will open and you can remove your DVD.
Data DVDs are useful when backing up your data, and they also are beneficial when you have a large file or a large number of files that you want to share with someone else.
1. Click Data.
2. Click Make Data DVD.
3. Click Add.
4. Select your files and click Add for each one. When you are finished adding files, click the Finished button.
5. Click Next.
6. Name the Disc and click Burn.
7. While the DVD is burning, a progress bar will appear on the screen. When it finishes, the DVD drive will open and you can remove your DVD.
For backing up with a DVD, follow the Data DVD section show above, combined with the steps found in the article Data Backup Training .
Once you create a data or video DVD, you may like it so much that you want to make a copy for your professor or your friends. Use the following steps to make the copy.
1. Click Backup.
2. Click Copy DVD.
3. Select the proper drives and click Copy.
4. While the DVD is burning, a progress bar will appear on the screen. When it finishes, the DVD drive will open and you can remove your DVD.