How to Burn a DVD so That It Will Play Automatically in a DVD Player

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Many modern PCs are able to burn DVDs but these will not always play on a DVD player. If you have a personal video or slideshow that you want to watch on TV using a DVD player, you must use software that will create a DVD which launches automatically when inserted into a DVD player. Fortunately, such software is available, and you can decide which will work best for you by reviewing the brands and their costs.

  • Click on the NCH Express Burn Software link in the resource section. On the right-hand side of the page, select the appropriate "Download" link for your type of computer. Download and save the file, then double-click it to install. Express Burn offers a 14-day free trial and the full version of the software costs $39.95 (as of May 2011). When creating a DVD for your DVD player, always choose the "Video DVD" button at the top of the program.

  • Click on the Burn My Files link in the resource section. Select the blue "Download" button at the top of the webpage. Download and save the file, then double-click it to install. Burn My Files offers a 30-day free trial and the full version costs $29.95 (as of May 2011). It has a one-click burn option to speed up the process of creating DVDs.

  • Click on the CD Burner XP link in the resource section. Select the "Download" button. Download, save and install the file. CD Burner XP is free. When the program has opened, click the "Data disk" button and select the file for burning. The program will use the file to create an ISO image, which is like a 'virtual' DVD stored on your hard drive. Once the ISO file has been created, click the "Burn ISO" button to burn it onto a blank DVD.

  • Click on the Ultra DVD Creator link in the resource section. Select the "Download" button beside the screenshot. Download, save and install the file. The Ultra DVD Creator software offers a free trial that puts a watermark on your DVDs. To avoid this, you will need to buy the full version for $34.95 (as of May 2011). Click on the program to open and then select the "Video Disc Creator" button and add your files to the disc.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use DVD +/- RW discs because you can erase the content and use the DVD over again.
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