How to burn and enjoy videos in HD without a blu-ray burner

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How to burn and enjoy videos in HD without a blu-ray burner

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Many users are still using ConvertXtoDVD to burn disks so they can play them on their living room players. Whether users realize it or not, often their source files are in HD and when they convert them with ConverXtoDVD they are converting them down to DVD resolution, maximum value is 720p - limited by DVD standards.
Tools such as VSO Media Player (freeware), VLC (a free media player) and MediaInfo will provide you with your source files resolution.

You can now get the most of your HD files even if you don't have a Blu-ray Burner or player!

Step 1 Find out what formats your living room player supports:
Look at your DVD player and if you see a DivX logo it means it supports other formats besides just DVD which is good news for you! Many DVD players, that aren't too old, support AVI, Mpeg4, H264 which are not limited to DVD resolution. If you do not see this DivX or other codec logos you can look up the model number in Google to see what codecs your player is compatible with (or look in the manual). If your DVD doesn't support anything other than DVD then you will limited to DVD resolution and the suggestions below do not apply to your case unless get another DVD player compatible with HD but might as well get a blu-ray player if you will be replacing your equipment.
Example of DVD player with supported format logos, click on image to enlarge

Step 2) Convert your HD files and burn them to DVD:
If your player supports the codecs DivX, Xvid, Mpeg4, then you will want to convert to one of these formats. In this case convert your videos to AVI (Xvid or Mpeg4 as the video codec) format with ConvertXtoVideo, software that converts videos to and from any format, and burn them to DVD this way keeping the original HD resolution of your files.
Want more details? See the post below.

or Step 3) And if you want a menu:
If your living room player is compatible with AVCHD format, which is the case for most blu-ray players and HD players but not basic (old) DVD players, you have two possibilities:
a) if you only need a basic menu, then you can use the conversion profile AVCHD in ConvertXtoVideo and check the target size in the Settings is set to DVD.

b) If you want to personalize a menu for the files you are converting, like in ConvertXtoDVD, then use the software product ConvertXtoHD and create AVCHD disks: simply select the AVCHD output format in the Default settings / Output format / Structure type and the DVD output in Encoding / Target Size.

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Re: How to burn and enjoy videos in HD without a blu-ray bur

Post by Claire »

Step 2 above - spelled out

More specifically:
- Download and install ConvertXtoVideo
- Load your file(s)
- Select the profile you want to convert to and for most players I suggest using Generic Video / AVI - Xvid or / AVI – Mpeg4. You also can create a custom profile and select AVI as the container and select the codec DivX.
- Press convert
- Once converted go to Tools / Burn an already converted project --> from single multimedia files, and select the converted files, insert a blank DVD and press the “burn” button now on the screen. Or before you convert go into the Settings, section Single file output and check the box “Burn single file projects after conversion” and the burning window will display as soon as the conversion is finished.

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