Burning .AVI File to Blank DVD-R

I have created an .avi file that I would like to burn onto a DVD so that it can be watched on a DVD player.  Essentially, I'm just trying to convert home movies that I have recorded on a DV tape into DVD format so that it can be watched via a regular DVD player.  (In case it's relevant, I made the .avi file using a software called MotionDV Studio.  It's a program that comes with the Panasonic camcorder model PV-GS150.)  However, when I insert a blank Sony DVD-R disc into the DVD drive in my laptop, the drive does not seem to recognize there is a disc in there.

The DVD drive that I have is an Optiarc CDRWDVD CRX890S ATA.  I double-checked the specifications for this hardware on the internet and it should accept DVD-R discs.  I also checked in Device Manager (from the Control Panel).  The device status indicates the device is working properly.

From the Windows Help and Support window, the topic to "Format a CD or DVD" seems to suggest that a dialog box should appear when I insert the blank disc.  However, it does not.

I tried to use Windows Media Player to burn the .avi file but it indicates there is no disc in the DVD drive, eventhough the blank DVD-R disc is in there.

I also tried using Windows Explorer.  I located the .avi file that was on my hard drive and then pressed the "Burn" button while the desired file was selected.  At that point, the DVD drive opened and a dialog box popped up requesting that writable disc be inserted.  I inserted the above-mentioned disc but there is no further activity from the laptop.

I have also tried buying a new set of DVD-R discs but encountered the same problem.

What further steps can I take to burn the .avi file to the DVD?

Thanks in advance for help on this matter.
 

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I have created an .avi file that I would like to burn onto a DVD so that it can be watched on a DVD player.  Essentially, I'm just trying to convert home movies that I have recorded on a DV tape into DVD format so that it can be watched via a regular DVD player.  (In case it's relevant, I made the .avi file using a software called MotionDV Studio.  It's a program that comes with the Panasonic camcorder model PV-GS150.)  However, when I insert a blank Sony DVD-R disc into the DVD drive in my laptop, the drive does not seem to recognize there is a disc in there.

The DVD drive that I have is an Optiarc CDRWDVD CRX890S ATA.  I double-checked the specifications for this hardware on the internet and it should accept DVD-R discs.  I also checked in Device Manager (from the Control Panel).  The device status indicates the device is working properly.

From the Windows Help and Support window, the topic to "Format a CD or DVD" seems to suggest that a dialog box should appear when I insert the blank disc.  However, it does not.

I tried to use Windows Media Player to burn the .avi file but it indicates there is no disc in the DVD drive, eventhough the blank DVD-R disc is in there.

I also tried using Windows Explorer.  I located the .avi file that was on my hard drive and then pressed the "Burn" button while the desired file was selected.  At that point, the DVD drive opened and a dialog box popped up requesting that writable disc be inserted.  I inserted the above-mentioned disc but there is no further activity from the laptop.

I have also tried buying a new set of DVD-R discs but encountered the same problem.

What further steps can I take to burn the .avi file to the DVD?

Thanks in advance for help on this matter.
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Without the proper software...burning an .avi file on a DVD
will create a Data DVD...not a Video DVD.

To create a Video DVD that will play in a free standing DVD
Player...you need DVD Authoring software.

If you are running Vista Home Premium or Ultimate...you
have Windows DVD Maker and it should do the job for you:
(if you do not have DVD Maker...scroll down for an alternative)

Beginner's Guide To Windows DVD Maker
http://www.windowsdvdmaker.com/guides/Beginner/

Windows Vista -
Burn pictures and movies to DVD-Video
disc using Windows DVD Maker
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/5633ddcd-46a8-4d8e-82e1-2506401a60261033.mspx

If you do not have Windows DVD Maker...the following free
software may be worth a try:

DVD Flick
http://www.dvdflick.net/

Be sure to read the Guide:
http://www.dvdflick.net/guide.php

If you have problems downloading DVD Flick...
try the following direct link:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdflick/files/dvdflick/dvdflick_setup_1.3.0.7.exe

Save the file to a folder on your hard drive and
install from there.

Tutorials:

DVD Flick Tutorial
http://beginwithsoftware.com/videoguides/dvd-flick-guide.html

Burn Any PC Video Format into DVD
http://www.freevideoworkshop.com/dvdflicktutorial.htm

To create a basic Video DVD that should play in a free
standing DVD player...try the following...

Good luck.

First...read the DVD Flick Guide to familiarize yourself
with the program.

Open DVD Flick and insert a blank DVD in your burner.

If your computer's Autoplay window opens....just close it.

Click the Project Settings button and go to...Video /
Target format...residents of USA...choose...NTSC /
Accept.

Left click the Add title button and browse to your
Movie Clips and select the ones you want on the DVD.

You can arrange them by selecting one and then use
the Move Up and Move Down buttons.

Left click the Create DVD button / OK / Yes / Yes.

Wait while the DVD is created.

When the text "Finished Successfully" appears you
may close DVD Flick. Now you can eject your DVD
and play it in your DVD player.

At some point you may wish to purchase more
advanced software like Cyberlink, Nero, Roxio,
Ulead, etc...but at least this is a start.

Good luck.

John Inzer - MS-MVP - Digital Media Experience
.......Volunteer J - MS-MVP......
.....This Is Not Tech Support....
***Proceed at your own risk***

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