Movie Maker Burn DVD option not available on Windows 8
Hi! I have a question! I installed the Window 8 and was creating something on Windows Movie Maker. Normally in Windows 7 I can just go ahead and burn the DVD out, but Windows 8 don't have that function... What can I do?
To clarify one more time, for anyone that is confused.
You can just burn a video file onto a DVD disc using Windows. But that creates a data DVD. If your DVD player (or perhaps Blu-ray player) is able to understand the file in that format, it might play, but you'd
have to see if your player can do it.
A video DVD (one playable in a standard DVD player) requires a specific structure and video format. Specifically you need a TS_VIDEO folder with your video encoded in MPEG-2 format in .vob files. Then there
are various support files (.ifo and .bup files). This is the standard defined by the DVD standards committee.
There is 3rd-party software that will still create a video DVD in the right format (sometimes with menus, scene menus, etc.), but you'll have to search around. For example, Freemake Video Converter is a program
I've used to create a basic video DVD. As with any 3rd-party freeware, always choose a custom install because they tend to try to install add-ons that you don't want.
As for why Windows DVD Maker is not supported on Windows 8/8.1, I have to assume there were several reasons Microsoft chose to drop support.
The video DVD format is a legacy format that only handles standard definition (NTSC 480p) video. It doesn't support HD resolutions.
It costs money to license the MPEG-2 codec on every copy of Windows which has to be paid by Microsoft and/or included in the cost of every copy consumers buy.
There are better options for sharing video (online services like YouTube, OneDrive, Vimeo, etc.) compared to sending a physical disc.
There are better ways to archive video that on optical media like a DVD.
There are solutions for streaming video in a house from a PC acting as a media server rather than having to insert a physical disc in a DVD player. And these solutions support HD video, not just legacy SD video.
Even their competitors (e.g. Apple) have stopped including iDVD with copies of their OSes.
I don't know for sure, since I'm just a fellow user of Windows and Movie Maker, but that's what I guess might be some reasons.
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Your question was split due to subject matter was not the same.
The Windows DVD Maker program is not available in the current version of Windows 8. The option
Burn to DVD doesn't work on Windows 8 because Windows DVD Maker has been removed. In previous Operating Systems Window 7 or Vista the
Burn DVD option is obtained either by clicking the arrowhead of
Save movie in the home tab, or from the drop-list when you click the blue menu button. What you can do as a workaround is to save the project as a video file and then import them to other DVD/CD burning softwares.