Writing the Movie to Disc

When you're satisfied with the DVD movie, it's time to burn it to disc. Click the Burn button to proceed.

If there is no writeable DVD in the drive, Windows DVD Maker will prompt you to insert one. You should use the lowest capacity disc possible (4.7GB for one hour or less of video), as single-layer discs tend to be less expensive than the dual-layer versions. That said, a dual-layer (DL) disc will work just fine if that's all you have.

If your PC does not have a DVD burner, Windows DVD Maker will tell you that a DVD burner is required and recommend that you connect one before continuing. Optionally, you could save the project instead and install a DVD burner later.

What you can't do easily is copy the DVD Maker project to a different PC with a DVD burner and then create the DVD there. That's because the project looks for the content needed to create the DVD in file paths relative to where they were on the original PC. In order to make this work, you would have to copy the content for the project to the same locations on the second PC as they were on the first. That's probably a nonstarter for most people.

After you've inserted a blank recordable DVD in the drive, DVD Maker will begin the creation process. This can be an extremely lengthy process, depending on the amount of content you've included. While DVD Maker is creating the DVD, the application window closes and a small Burning dialog appears in the lower-right corner of your screen, charting its progress.

When the DVD is completed, Windows DVD Maker ejects the DVD so you can go try it in a DVD player. You're also prompted to create another copy of the disc if you'd like. Click Close to cancel that option and return to the main DVD Maker application.

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