How to Fit a Movie Into a DVD-R

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Most full-length movies take up several megabytes or even gigabytes of space on your hard drive. When you want to transfer these movies to DVD, they might be too long or too large to fit into the standard 4.7 GB DVD-R or DVD-RW. You can make some changes to the file or shrink the size of a video file to format a blank DVD with a movie without compromising too much video quality. Note that you should not use this method to illegally burn copyrighted or protected DVD movies.

Things You'll Need

  • Movie file, preferably in AVI format
  • DVD editing and burning software
  • Blank DVD-R or DVD-RW
  • DVD Shrink (optional)

Shrink Your File Size with Software

  • Navigate to your movie file, right-click it, and select "Properties." Look at the size description to determine if it is small enough to fit on your disc. If it is more than 4.7 GB in size or longer than 2 hours in length, you will need to make changes to the file.

  • Open the file in your DVD-editing software to trim off any unnecessary video, such as commentary, previews and several minutes' worth of end credits. You can also use this opportunity to delete unwanted or explicit scenes. As soon as your file is under two hours in length, you can burn the DVD in its entirety. If you cannot trim it down this far, you'll need to use DVD Shrink.

    Save changes to your file before burning the disc.

  • Open your DVD disc in DVD Shrink and follow the step-by-step instructions after it analyzes the video. Here you can delete several types of extraneous data, such as commentary, foreign language voiceover and so forth. Save the files in folder on your computer.

  • Select the "Backup" tab in DVD Shrink and specify whether you'd like to burn to DVD or save to your hard drive. In most cases, the file size is now small enough to fit on a DVD.

  • Insert the blank DVD disc into your CD drive and select the "Burn" command on your DVD burning software. If you're using DVD Shrink, select the burn command from the drop-down tab under "Backup." This will send the command to your default DVD burning software. Do not run any other computer applications while the disc is burning, as this can disrupt the process.

  • Eject the disc if the software doesn't automatically do so for you. Always test the disc on your computer or a DVD player before putting it away to ensure the burn process was successful.

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