How to burn a Video_TS folder with ImgBurn

Melanie Gross
Jun 15, 2012
Updated • Dec 5, 2012
Tutorials, Video

ImgBurn is my burning software of choice. This has a number of reasons, from the fact that it is supporting every writing operation that I ever need access to - and dozen others - to the fact that it is available free of charge and not bloated like a popular program starting with the letter N that I have used a decade or so ago.

If there is one thing to criticize, it is the sometimes complicated path that you need to follow to get your data burned to disc. I just noticed that again when trying to burn a Video_TS folder to disc that I created previously with the excellent DVD Flick authoring software.

Burning a Video_TS folder with ImgBurn

The requirements should be quite obvious. You obviously need a copy of the DVD burning software ImgBurn on your system, and a properly created Video_TS folder. Load ImgBurn afterwards and follow the instructions below to burn the Video_TS folder to disc so that it is detected as a proper video DVD by DVD players and computer systems.

  • With ImgBurn open, click on Mode, and there on Build to enter the build mode of the burning software.
  • After that, click on Output and make sure that Device is selected, if not, select it.
  • Click on the browse folder icon on the left side and select the Video_TS folder on your computer's hard drive.
  • If you have multiple DVD writers, select the one you want to use under Destination.
  • Click on the calculator icon to make sure that the contents fit on a single-layer DVD. If they exceed 100%, you need to either modify the Video_TS contents to reduce the storage requirements, or use a dual-layer DVD instead for the movie.
  • Switch to the Options tab on the right and make sure that ISO9660 + UDF is selected under File System.
  • Switch to Labels and enter a volume Label that you want to use. Enter it in the ISO9660 and UDF field.
  • Switch to Device and select an appropriate write speed for the operation.
  • Once everything has been set up correctly, click on the Build button. It takes a few seconds to build, click OK in the popup window that opens afterwards.
  • The Video_TS folder is now burned to disc, just wait until the process is finished.

That's all there is to it to burn a Video_TS folder with ImgBurn.


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  1. SubgeniusD said on June 16, 2012 at 3:37 am

    You’re still using optical discs for data storage? How quaint.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

      I sometimes burn movies for my parents so that they can watch them on their DVD player.

    2. SubGenie said on June 16, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Hard disk drives are still cheap but don’t bet on keeping data for more than 2 years. They will fail before that.

      Cloud storage is just beginning but companies do shut down and you can lose your data.

      SO optical storage is still cheap, easy to carry and convenient. Why not?

  2. Anthony Frazier said on June 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    It’s really simple for ImgBurn too. Just drop the folder on and attempt to burn. If there’s any settings that need fixed, ImgBurn will prompt you and ask you if it should fix them so you have a disc that’s watchable on DVD players.)

    Of course, the dirty little trick not spelled out here is that getting that VIDEO_TS folder correctly prepped isn’t as simple as it sounds.

    DVD Flick works. Most of the time. Every so often I end up with movies that are either FAR too large despite targeting a SL-DVD (happens most often with HD sources) or with audio up to several seconds out of sync (despite the source movie being perfectly fine).

    Most of the one-click suites have gone on towards authoring discs for BR players. It’d be nice to have a reliable, up-to-date DVD building suite. Then again, maybe I should just replace all my players with either digital players or BR players.

  3. Morely the IT Guy said on June 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    It’s a lot simpler with CDburnerXP (which in spite of the name, works for DVDs and on all versions of Windows from XP onward).

    1. Pop in a blank DVD.
    2. If it didn’t auto-launch, launch CDburnerXP.
    3. Drag and drop the files or folders onto CDburnerXP.
    4. Click “Burn.”


    1. Angie said on July 9, 2012 at 3:42 am

      I just tried your CD Burner XP and got this error:
      “An error occurred while burning the disc. Most likely the disc is not usable. Usually, these errors happen if the inserted media is not compatible to the drive or of poor quality.”
      I am CERTAIN my discs are good because I’ve used them on other programs with no problems.
      What is it I’m doing wrong, do you think?

      1. SubgeniusD said on July 10, 2012 at 5:05 am

        “Are you not the right person to ask for assistance?”

        Martin helps when he can but is an extremely busy guy. This is where you should have gone first

        This is a great place for users with all sorts of IT problems (including audio/video)

    2. Angie said on July 9, 2012 at 3:08 am

      I’m having trouble with Img Burn… I’d have to write a lot to tell you where I’m stuck, so can I email you directly, please? I am pulling my hair out trying (for two days wasted!) to get my Video_TS files to a DVD. I used Dazzle DVD Recorder to put them on my desktop…. etc. Are you not the right person to ask for assistance?

      1. Angie said on July 9, 2012 at 3:15 am

        Oops! Sorry, I didn’t know that would get posted. Let me try again: I installed ImgBurn, selected the option, but it always wants to prepare the disc, even though it’s already formatted. Then if it doesn’t work, I can’t use the disc again because it’s write protected.
        Then I get a window that says: “You’ve only selected one folder. Would you like me to just add the contents of (names my folder) to the image?
        Otherwise (my folder) will be visible in the root directory if the image.
        What’s that all about?

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