Are you troubled with tons of videos (like movies, TV shows, and anime episodes) kept on the computer and not willing to delete them? If so, you may be interested in how to burn multiple movies on one DVD with a menu to save more storage space. However, a DVD can't contain an unlimited number of videos. Before burning multiple videos to DVD at once, you should learn some basic knowledge.
There are 3 common types of DVDs: DVD-5, DVD-9, and DVD-10. Currently, double-sided DVD-10 is not very popular. Most people are still using DVD-5 and DVD-9.
|Side & Layer||Single side, sigle layer||Single side, dual layers||Two sides, single layer|
|Video Time||120-133 minutes||240 minutes||266 minutes|
|DVD Format||DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW||DVD+R, DVD-R||DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW|
It depends on the movies' length, not size. As shown in the table above, a standard 4.7GB Single Layer recordable DVD is able to store around 120-133 minutes of video. And a Dual Layer 8.5GB blank DVD can hold video up to 240 minutes.
Movies are almost always 80-120 minutes long. That's to say, DVD-5 may merely hold one movie, whereas DVD-9 can hold 3~5 movies. To burn multiple movies on one DVD, DVD-9 is more suitable. But if you just want to burn multiple shorter TV shows and episodes to DVD, DVD-5 is a great choice.
The video bitrate determines the capacity of the DVD. The lower the bitrate is, the more movies a DVD can hold. 1000 kbps helps you store approximately 9 hours in DVD-5 and 15 hours in DVD-9. 3200 kbps is 3 hours in DVD-5 and 5 hours in DVD-9.
Then, you might ask, "why not reduce the bitrate so that I can burn multiple movies to DVD-5".
DVD encoded with MPEG2 can't set the bitrate under 3000kbps. Otherwise, the DVD quality will be very poor with a significant amount of artifacts (especially the movies that have many explosions, action scenes).
Although a high bitrate delivers high quality, the maximum bit rate of an encoded MPEG-2 movie should not exceed 8MB in order to leave enough headroom for audio and sub-pictures. The bitrate of standard DVD burning software used to burn multiple videos to DVD is usually set to 5MB. All burned movies will be fixed at 720x576 (PAL) or 720x480 (NTSC) in resolution to meet the DVD specification.
To be compatible with any player, the MPEG2 codec is still more popular than H.264 codec for the DVD authoring program. So, what’s the best audio codec to burn large video files to DVD?
Most commercial DVDs have AC3 as an audio stream choice, because:
Due to different coding principles, MP2 at 320kbps or higher may be better than AC-3.
All in all, a standard authoring program should specify codecs as MPEG2 at 5MB and AC3 at 320kbps in DVD encoding settings.
Cisdem DVD Burner is such an effective DVD authoring program to burn multiple movies to DVD. Its audio bitrate is set as AC3 320 kilobits per second by default. And it provides three modes to smartly adjust the video bitrate:
The app also has the ability to create DVD movies from a wide range of video formats, like H264, RMVB DivX, MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, etc. You can also edit videos with the built-in tools and apply free DVD menu templates.
Although its interface only shows that the output DVD types are DVD 5 and DVD 9, in fact, except for Blu-ray DVD, Cisdem DVD Burner supports all writable and recordable DVDs, including DVD 10, DVD 18.
Step 1. Download Cisdem DVD Burner to Windows or Mac, and install it.
Step 2. Import multiple video files.
Launch the software, and directly drag-n-drop multiple movies, TV shows, episodes, or others you wish to burn to the "Source" interface.
In the lower right corner, select the burning mode you want.
Step 3. Edit video files (Optional).
Click under one of the video thumbnails to bring up the inbuilt video editor, from which you can edit and retouch multiple videos, such as tweaking brightness, and contrast.
Step 4. Add a DVD menu.
Go to the "Menu" tab, and you will see all free templates on the left. Scroll the list and select a suitable one. Click to pop out the tools which let you regroup all elements in templates.
If none of them satisfy your needs, import a downloaded or your own image as background.
Step 5. Burn multiple videos to DVD.
Insert a blank 4.7GB DVD or 8.5GB DVD.
Go to the last tab and complete the output settings. When everything is ready, click “Burn” to start burning large video files to DVD.
Cisdem DVD Burner can only burn multiple DVDs at once on Windows and Mac. To burn multiple audio tracks, you should use the CD burning software, like CDBurnerXP, BurnAware Free.
If you burn multiple movies to a data DVD, it won't be limited by the movie length but the data size (4.7GB for DVD-5, 8.5GB for DVD-9). Burning videos, music, documents, images, etc. to a data DVD is a good way to back them up. However, many DVD players are unable to play movies from data DVDs unless they are in special formats like DIVX. In addition, you can usually play the data discs on a games console or a computer with a DVD drive.
Below are the steps to burn multiple movies on one data DVD on Windows and Mac (no DVD menu added).
This post has given you a clear picture of how to burn multiple movies on one DVD. You can try two methods. Method one is to burn multiple movies to a video DVD with a menu, which can be enjoyed on any DVD player. No matter what type of DVD you choose, there is a limit to the length of the burned movie. The larger the capacity, the longer the time. Method two only has a restriction on the total size of added movies. But the output DVD is a data DVD.
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