How to burn a DVD to an SD card

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How to burn a DVD to an SD card
A DVD will fit onto a SD card with several gigabytes of space. (SD Card Toolbox image by Ron-Heidelberg from

Transporting a bunch of DVDs can take up a lot of space. In fact, many DVDs come with digital copies for easier transportation. For DVDs that do not come with digital copies, one way to make transportation easier is to move the file to an SD card. As long as you copy the DVD for your own personal use and do not share or sell the copied drive this is a legal process.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • DVD conversion software
  • DVD
  • Computer DVD player
  • SD slot on computer
  • SD card with 5 to 10 gigabytes open memory space
  • DVD cleaner
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Make sure your DVD burning and conversion software is installed. Place the DVD that you want to burn to the SD card into the computer DVD player. Do not allow the DVD to start playing. If it does, close the program. Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive to hold the DVD while it transitions from DVD to the SD card.

  2. 2

    Open the conversion software. Locate the menu that controls whether you want to burn the DVD to the computer, copy it to another DVD player or change it to another format. Choose the "Burn to the computer" option.

  3. 3

    Determine what format you need the DVD to be to transfer it to the SD card. Choose a conversion format that will play on your SD card compatible player. AVI, MPEG and MOV file formats are some of the most popular and can run on most players. However, since the conversion process can take some time it is best to check before starting.

  4. 4

    Select the correct burning file extension and start the burning process. Choose a file location that is easy to find, such as the desktop. Wait for the burning process to complete. Sometimes a dirty DVD will disrupt the copying process, so clean it before starting the copying process.

  5. 5

    Place the SD card inside the slot on the computer. Make sure there is enough space on the card to hold the DVD file. Open the "My computer" menu, locate the DVD file, right-click on the file name and select "Copy" or "Cut." Open the drive for the SD card. Usually it will say the brand of the SD card on the drive for easy identification. Right-click on the drive and click "Paste." This will transfer the file from the computer to the SD card. Plug the SD card into the movie player and open the file. The DVD should now play if it is a supported file.

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