If you are the first experiences in using the computer and you would like to find out how to create DVD with your documents or photos? Are you looking for free software to turn the videos you downloaded from the Internet into DVDs that can be played in any living room player? Have you just switched to Mac and still haven't figured out how to burn image files to ISO format? No problem. Whatever your burning needs are, you've come to the right place at the right time.
Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to burn data DVDs, video DVDs and burn CD, DVD and Blu-Ray image files on Windows and Mac OS X. In some cases these operations can be carried out directly with the tools included in Microsoft and Apple operating systems, in other circumstances it is necessary to turn to third-party software.
To know exactly which ones and find out how to use them, read on. As mentioned, whatever your specific needs are if you need to burn DVDs, below are all the resources you need to do so. Have fun (or good work, as appropriate)!
Create DVD on Windows
Create Data DVDs
If you are using a recent version of Windows (Windows 7 or later) you can create DVD without resorting to any third party software. All you have to do is insert a blank disk into the burner, wait for the autoplay window to appear and select the item Burn files to disc from the latter. If no window appears, open theExplore Resources (by clicking on the yellow folder on the taskbar) and select the icon of theDVD drive from the side bar of the sinistra.
At this point, choose whether to create a disk as a USB Flash memory drive (i.e. compatible exclusively with Windows PCs and which can be managed as USB sticks by individually copying or deleting the files inside them) or a readable DVD with a CD / DVD player (i.e. compatible with all common computers and DVD players which involves burning and erasing, in the case of rewritable discs, files in groups) and click on the button forward.
Then drag the files to burn on the DVD in the Resource Explorer window that has just opened, press the button Write to disk located at the top left and proceed with burning the DVD by assigning it a title of your preference, choosing one recording speed from the drop-down menu (lower recording speeds slow down the burning process a lot but, in general, reduce the risk of incurring writing errors) and clicking on the button forward.
If you still use Windows XP or otherwise prefer to turn to more complete burning solutions, I suggest you try CDBurnerXP which is totally free and can be used without facing tedious installation procedures.
To download it on your PC, connected to its official website, click on the item More download options and select one of the links located next to the wording Portable: 64bit if you are using a 64-bit operating system or 32-bit (x64 compatible) if you are using a 32-bit operating system.
Then open the ZIP archive that contains CDBurnerXP, extract the contents to any folder and run the executable cdbxpp.exe. Nella finestra che si apre, click on your button OK to set the use of the Italian language and choose which operation to perform between creating a data disc, a DVD video, burning a ISO image and copy of a disc.
Burn ISO Files
Windows 7 and later also include a utility that allows you to burn image files in ISO format, just right-click on them and select the item Burn disc image from the menu that appears. However, I recommend that you turn to a third-party solution: ImgBurn.
ImgBurn is one of the best free burning software available on Windows. It is focused on creating and writing image files in ISO, BIN, NRG and IMG format. This makes it perfect for burning games, applications, films and many other types of DVD, CD or Blu-Ray.
To download ImgBurn on your computer, connect to its official website and click on the item first Mirror x – Provided by MajorGeeks and then [email protected]. Then open the installation package SetupImgBurn_x.x.exe click her cousin Yes and then Next. Then put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the License Agreement and select the option to perform acustom installation.
Remove the check marks from all items related to the installation of additional promotional software (eg. Ad-Aware o Skype which are not harmful but are not useful for DVD burning) and sequentially presses on Next, Yes e Close to conclude the setup.
Next, download the Italian language pack for ImgBurn, open it and copy the file italian.lng which contains in the folder Computer> C:> Program Files (x86)> ImgBurn> Languages of your computer. In this way the program interface will be translated into Italian.
When installation is complete, start ImgBurn and press the button Burn an image, then click on the icon folder with magnifying glass, select the image file to burn and use the icon with the DVD and play symbol to start writing.
If some steps aren't clear to you, you can find more in-depth information on how to burn ISO in my tutorial dedicated to the topic.
Burn Video DVDs
If you want to create DVD video easily, safely and without spending money, I highly recommend you to download AVStoDVD. It is a free and open source program that uses software such as AviSynth, Lavfilters and the aforementioned ImgBurn to create DVDs with menus from any type of video: AVI, MKV, MP4 etc.
To be honest it is not as intuitive as some alternative commercial software, but in the free field it is really difficult to find better (at least without having to juggle toolbars, annoying additional promotional software and malware, because unfortunately it happens to run into those too). To find out how AVStiDVD works step by step read my guide on how to create DVD video.
Create DVD on Mac
Create Data DVDs
To burn a DVD on the Mac, all you have to do is insert a blank disk into the burner and wait for the window for choosing the action to be performed to appear. So make sure that in the drop-down menu Action the item is selected Open in Finder e pigia his OK to open the Finder window in which you will have to drag all the files to add to the DVD.
If no window appears when inserting the DVD into the burner, don't worry, you can reach the same screen by pressing the icon of Finder contained in the Dock bar (the white and blue face) and selecting the item Untitled DVD from the left sidebar,
At this point, as already mentioned, drag all the files you want to burn onto the disk in the Finder window, then press the button Burn located at the top right and start copying the data to the DVD by clicking on the button Burn. If you want, you can also adjust the disc writing speed by selecting one of the options available in the drop-down menu Burning speed.
Burn ISO Files
If you want to burn image files in ISO format, you can use other software included "standard" in OS X. I refer of course to Disk Utility which allows not only to manage partitions and correct permissions on hard disks, but also to mount, create and burn CD and DVD image files.
How does it work? Nothing easier. To burn an image file with Disk Utility, all you have to do is right-click on the ISO file and select the item Apri with> Utility Disco give the menu to compare.
In the window that opens, select the name of the ISO image just opened from the left sidebar, press the button Burn located at the top left and click on the button Burn to start copying the data to the diskette. Again you can use the drop-down menu Speed to adjust the DVD writing speed, you can also toggle the options for verify and date ed eject the disc after burning is complete.
Burn Video DVDs
Unfortunately there are not many free solutions to create DVD video on Mac. One of the few really valid ones is Burn, which, however, is not specific for this type of task. It is a generic burning software that among its functions also includes the one to create video DVDs starting from MP4, MPG or AVI files (which are automatically converted before burning).
To use it, all you need to do is select the tab Video from its main screen, set the option DVD-video from the drop-down menu at the top right and drag the videos to be transformed into DVD into the program window. As I explained to you in my guide on how to convert MKV to DVD it can be associated with free video converters to burn other types of video files to DVD than those mentioned above.
If you are looking for more complete solutions, you can consider purchasing Toast Titanium, one of the most complete burning suites available in the Mac environment. It costs 89,99 euros but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test its full potential for a period of 30 days.