How To Burn A DVD With ImgBurn
Despite being a common usage scenario, the process of burning a new DVD is not intuitive on a default Windows install.
The question of how to burn a DVD is often answered with a counter-question about the type of data the user intends to burn. Will it be a video DVD, audio DVD or a data DVD? What about the source files? Are they in an image format, or are they files and folders on the hard disk?
This article exemplifies how to burn a DVD with the free DVD burning software ImgBurn. The software supports all popular DVD burning related tasks such as burning media or data to discs, burning disk images, or verifying discs created previously.
In addition to the standard ISO format, ImgBurn supports a wide variety of alternative disc image formats including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG and PDI.
How To Burn A DVD With ImgBurn
Burning Disk Images
Burning a disk image is probably the easiest of all the DVD burning operations in ImgBurn. Users have two options to perform that operation.
The first is to load the disk image directly in ImgBurn by right-clicking the disk image in Windows Explorer and selecting to open it with the DVD burning software.
The second option is to open ImgBurn first. Click on the write image file to disk option in the launch wizard. It is then necessary to select the disc image manually by browsing the file system.
Once done, insert a blank writable DVD in the optical drive, and click on the DVD burning icon to start the burn process.
Burning Files And Folders
One of the options in the ImgBurn launch wizard is to write files and folders to disc. This opens a new window from where files and folders can be added to the DVD.
The left area with the source title is used to add the files and folders. Buttons on the right can be used to add metadata to the DVD.
The calculator icon on the right side displays the size of all files and folders that have been added to the DVD.
By default, ImgBurn assumes a single layer DVD for the calculating disc information, however it will automatically switch to a dual layer DVD if the total selected files' and folders' size exceeds the storage capacity of a single layer disc.
Dual layer DVDs can store almost double the amount of data that single layer DVDs can. Most options in the configuration window can be left untouched. The destination menu can be used to select one of the DVD recorders if more than one device is connected to the computer system.
Inserting a blank disc into the active DVD burner will activate the "Burn DVD" icon to start the DVD burning process. ImgBurn will automatically display the default volume labels, which can be changed in that dialog.
The burning process can take some time depending on the type of DVD, the data that has been selected to be burned, the blank disc used, and the speed of the DVD burner.
ImgBurn displays the elapsed time as well as the time remaining to complete the process in the progress window.
Upon completion a confirmation dialog about the successful (or unsuccessful) job is displayed. It is recommended to write information about the contents of the DVD directly on the disc's label surface so that it becomes easier to identify them. We recommend a special DVD pen for this to avoid scratching the label surface or damaging the sensitive plastic disc material.
ImgBurn can be used to burn a Video_TS folder directly to DVD. Burning a Video_TS folder is slightly more complicated than burning a disc image.
Start by selecting Mode > Build from the menu bar. Make sure that the Output parameter in the menu bar is set to Device. Now click the Browse For Folder icon and select the Video_TS folder on the hard drive of the computer system.
Click the calculator icon to make sure the data will fit on a blank DVD, and after inserting a blank DVD into the DVD writer, initiate the DVD burning process by clicking on the Burn A DVD icon.
Imgburn in this regard is only handy if a Video_TS folder is available, for instance after ripping a DVD to the PC to create a backup copy of it. However, the software will not automatically convert video files such as avis or mpgs to DVD format for playback on a DVD player.
Two tools for converting such files are are the Open Source software DVD Flick and Free DVD Creator. Both applications support tens of video file formats and include their own DVD burning modules.
This concludes the tutorial on how to burn a DVD with ImgBurn. Please leave a comment if you have questions about the process, additions to the article or want to tell us how you burn DVDs on your computer.
I use DVDFlick a lot. It simplifies things greatly, making creating a viewable DVD a one-step process.I find that burning at 4x is better for older stand-alone DVD players.
One thing to note if you are burning DVDs for older DVD players such as you might find in a vehicle entertainment system like I have: the DVDs need to be Mastered. I do that by inserting a blank DVD, using Windows Explorer to “open” it, which brings up a dialog box. You need to set the option for Mastered and click OK. I then wait for the progress bar at the top of Windows Explorer to complete. Only then do I switch over to ImgBurn and burn the DVD.
DVDs burnt without Mastering them may still be viewable on a laptop/desktop computer but standalone DVD players typically can’t view them.
Dan, thanks for the tip, but I for one have never seen a right-click option for “Master” in Explorer. Could you please be a little more detailed as to how you access this?? XP SP3.
Hi Mike – sorry but I found that option under Vista. I should have mentioned that. In Vista I click on the Drive (e.g., E:) and a pop-up box appears. The radio button for Mastered is under Advanced tab, I believe.
When I had XP SP2 I had no problems with burned DVDs playing on my car’s DVD player. But when I switched to Vista I burned a whole lot of “coasters” before figuring that out.
Also one other thing I do, which is very helpful when it comes to burning DVDs meant for the car — I use DVD Fab to copy & burn only the main movie with no menu. That way I can pop in the DVD and the movie starts playing – no previews, no FBI warning page, no trying to remember the right sequence to start the movie. Works wonders when you’ve got young kids in the car waiting for it to start!
ISO image burned to DVD using latest version of Imgburn and also with Roxio are viewable and bootable on the pc they were burned on. The DVD is not seen by the drive in my recently acquired Dell Insperion running the same operating system (Win XP Pro SP3). I’ve tried other data discs in this drive and they read just fine. Imgburn says that the ISO image is bootable and it does boot to the pc it was burned on but not the Dell. Only the operating system is on the Dell. Is it possible that there is a file missing that prevents it from reading a disc created from an ISO image?
The disc format that you burned the data the data on is supported by the Dell machine, right? If you access the contents in say Windows Explorer, do you see the data or is the disc not recognized there as well?
It isn’t recognized anywhere. Also I copied the latest Imgburn.exe file to a new disc using Roxio and got the same results. I do have other data and photo cds that will open right up as they should. It seems like only certain types of files will work.
When I burn data folders, the result is a DVD with 6 nested folders I must plow thru to see the actual data on the DVD. The names are truncated as well. Unusable for me.
The Win7 native DVD burning software doesn’t do this. I drag and drop files/folders and that appear at the root of the DVD just as I dropped them. Also full, complete names are included.
I understand that Write mode and dragging and dropping each file may be an answer, but an unacceptable one to me.
Is there any way to stop this nesting behaviour and see full file/folder names with ImgBurn?
Have you checked the file system setting under Options? Make sure ISO9660 + UDF is selected here.
Yes I did. Same result, 5 nested folders…
ImgBurn is great for ISO and such, but so far is seriously lacking as a plain vanilla data copier. No apparent setting to make the files appear at the root of the DVD with no folders…
Thanks for your reply tho…
Is the full path option selected? I’m really running out of suggestions here ;)
Yes it is. I’m suspecting that Win7 and ImgBurn are not made for each other. I can’t believe that the windows native burner works so well and simply. Usually 3rd party software is necessary with windows. I’ll keep ImgBurn for ISO and such, and will look around for a plain vanilla DVD data writer with no nesting and full file names…
Then uncheck it please ;)
Uncheck it? Do you mean “ISO9660 + UDF” ?? I’ll give that another go if you think it may work…
No the file path checkbox.
My DVD player said no audio when I burn my iso I created from mp4. I feel like I’m getting really close. Whenever I rip the DVD its way to large for 4.7 GB DVD-R and I don’t have dual layer disks because that’s fancy. Have any ideas with either my VIDEO_TS folder that is about 7.2 gb everytime. Could I just have some help. I’ve been working with these 2 programs for way to much time now and still manage to get a little further but
this is getting to be my end piece of rope.
This is tricky to find. There is an option which isn’t listed under Tools | Settings, as you would expect (and you can spend a LOT of time looking there for it), but instead under the Build Mode screen, under the Options tab. “Preserve Full Pathnames” being checked causes it to mirror the directory structure of the source files in the Disk Layout Editor when drag and dropped there. Turning it off causes it to behave as expected, letting you build the directory structure in the nascent disk project as in Nero – without unnecessary nested directories.