How to Burn Movies on a CD-R to Play on a DVD Player


Burning a movie, or several movies, to a blank CD-R for playback on a DVD player is an easy process using a Windows or Mac OS X operating system with their default browsers: Windows Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac). Unlike audio CDs, these are known as data CDs, which allow for storing up to 700 MBs of information. Windows users will use the "Mastered Format" burn process to ensure playback on Blu-ray players, consumer electronic devices and some DVD players; however, note that not all DVD players support the reading and playback of information on CD-Rs.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD-R or CD-RW

Burning Movies to CDs in Windows Explorer

  • Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW into your computer's disc drive. Wait for your computer to recognize the disc to enter the Windows Explorer "Autoplay" pop-up screen.

  • Click the "Burn Files to Disc Using Windows Explorer" option to enter the "Burn a Disc" dialogue menu.

  • Enter a name for your disc, select the "With a CD/DVD Player" option, and click "Next." Keep the empty disc window open.

  • Open a new Windows Explorer window and navigate to the movie(s) you want burnt to CD. Drag and drop your movie's icon(s) from your computer to the empty disc window. Select more than one item by holding down the "CTRL" key on your keyboard.

  • Click the "Burn to Disc" button in the empty disc window and follow the onscreen prompts to begin copying your movie(s) to CD.

Burning Movies to CDs in Finder

  • Insert your blank CD-R or CD-RW into your computer's optical drive and wait for the disc to appear on your desktop. If prompted by a Finder window, click "Ignore." Double-click your CD's icon and leave the empty disc window open.

  • Open a new Finder window by clicking "File" and selecting "New Finder Window," or by holding down the "Apple" key and pressing "n" on your keyboard.

  • Locate the movie, or movies, you want burnt to disc on your computer via your OS X finder window. Drag and drop the file(s) from your Finder window into the empty CD window.

  • Click the "File" tab at the top of your screen and select the "Burn Disc" option. Follow the onscreen instructions, name your disc and click "Burn" to copy your movie(s) to disc. You may also simply click the "Burn Disc" icon in the Finder sidebar and follow the onscreen instructions to burn your CD-R or CD-RW.

Tips & Warnings

  • Burning movies or other files to CD-Rs or CD-RWs does not move, delete or convert the files on your computer.
  • You may need free space on your computer up to twice the size of your movies when using the "Mastered" burn format in Windows Explorer.
  • Copyright-protected movies will not allow you to transfer to CD-Rs.

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