Dual layer DVDs fit up to 8.5 GB of data or video that will play in most standard home DVD players. According to the website BurnWorld, DVD burners capable of recording on dual layer discs can burn four hours of MPEG-2 video on a disc. Dual layer DVDs can also contain software in the form of executable programs as well as disc images or ISO files. Of course, burning software and movies onto dual layer discs also requires software. The two semi-reflective metal layers of dual layer DVDs require compatible burners to make use of all the recording surface area.
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Things you need
- Dual layer DVD burner
- DVD-recording program
Download and install Rocket Division StarBurn (see References).
Choose the type of disc you would like to burn from the left side of the window. Insert a blank dual layer DVD in the DVD drive and click "Next" to start the disc-creation wizard. Choose "ISO9660 + Joliet extensions" if you don't have another preference for your disc's file system.
Drag files from the left side of the Windows Explorer folder to the right side. Release the files under the thumbnail picture of a disc next to the word "Burn." Add data or VIDEO_TS files to the folder list until the volume bar under the folder reaches 8.5 GB. Data within this range will appear green, and data over this amount will appear red.
Click "Start" to begin the session. You will see the processes occurring in the "Burning Log." Click "Finish" to exit the wizard after burning the disc.
Download and install Protected Soft FinalBurner (see References).
Click "Add file(s)" or "Add folder" on the left side of the screen to open a browser on your hard drive. Choose any type of file to burn to dual layer data discs, or choose VIDEO_TS files up to 8.5 GB large to burn video DVDs.
Click the drop-down menu next to "Drive" to pick your optical drive if you have more than one. Check the box next to "Test write" to test the disc-creating session for errors before burning a disc. Check the box next to "Allow next session" if you are using rewritable media.
Click "Burn" at the bottom of the screen when you have added up to 8.5 GB of data or video to your session. The blue bar at the bottom of the screen must reach no farther than "DVD-dl" for a dual layer disc.
Download and install CDBurnerXP (see References).
Click "Data Disc" to burn data or videodiscs, or click "Burn ISO image" to create a bootable disc from an ISO file. Click the "Add" button to add up to 8.5 GB of data to the DVD contents in the Windows Explorer folder interface.
Click "File" at the top of the screen and drag the mouse to "Video DVD layout" to create a video DVD. Browse for a VIDEO_TS folder in the window that pops up and click "Create movie image."
Click "Burn" at the bottom of the screen and choose "Finalize disc" to write information permanently to the disc. Choose "Leave disc open" to create a multisession disc on rewritable media.
Tips and warnings
- Use a separate DVD-authoring program to compile VIDEO_TS files and save them on your hard drive. Create these files from MPEG-2 videos in order to watch them on a home DVD player. Then add VIDEO_TS files up to 8.5 GB to to your video-DVD-burning session for dual layer DVDs.
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