Create an ISO (Encore) or folder on your hard drive (Encore or Premiere Elements) and then use the FREE http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download to write files or folders or ISO to disc for DVD or BluRay (send the author a PayPal donation if you like his program)
Thank you for the advice John. Just a follow question. With creating and burning a DVD or Blu-Ray "folder" is it okay to simply copy & past the content in the folder to the blank disc and select burn (not using Encore or third party)? I tried once on a DVD and it played fine on a DVD player. But on my Mac, it didn't play automatically. I had to manually open the DVD from the DVD Player menu.
I always use ISO not a folder, so I have no idea... I just pass along what others have said about Imgburn and folders (I do use Imgburn for general backups of files and/or folders, and it works perfectly... I just don't do video folders)
Can't speak for Blu-ray, but with DVD, it is very important that the disc be burned as "DVD Video". For instance in Windows, if you simply drag the VIDEO_TS folder to a blank disc and burn as "Data", it is not going to play in most DVD players.
A computer will usually recognize the content of the disc as being DVD material and will likely play it. But DVD players are expecting a disc formatted a certain way, which a data disc is NOT, and therefore will not play the "data" disc.
A lot of the newer DVD players will play more types of media, such as MP3 and stuff, so possibly more of them would now recognize a VIDEO_TS folder on a data disc, but to do it right, you must burn as a DVD Video.
Most disc burning software will offer options of "DATA" or "DVD VIDEO" because there IS a difference in track layout, and there is special info written to disc that identifies it as a "DVD" also.
In the case of creating a Disc Image, or .iso file, from Encore, then that is a "snapshot" of the DVD with all the right stuff in place, so any software that can use an .iso will make a proper DVD. But again, you cannot just burn the .iso file straight to a disc as data, the software must be capable of creating a disc from an Image.
Hope this makes sense
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Great info, thank you!