Q&A – Can you put high-definition video onto DVD?
A. Yep, you sure can. In fact, there are a couple of ways to do it. First, you can simply copy the video file straight to DVD as a data disc (provided it fits of course). The is the simplest option and doesn’t require any converting as you’re just storing the video as an ordinary file. It won’t play in a DVD player but you should be able to play it back on your PC or notebook computer.
The second option is a little more complex to make but more fun to use and it’s called AVCHD. Using a specific format, you’re encoding and burning up to 1920×1080-pixel (1080p) video onto an ordinary DVD recordable disc. The format was created by Sony and Panasonic a couple of years ago and is supported on all new (as in made in the last eight months or so) Blu-ray players. Latest-generation video authoring software from the likes of Corel and Nero make it possible to make AVCHD discs.
They won’t play in ordinary DVD players but the fact they’ll play in most Blu-ray players makes them far more accessible for home entertainment.
With work, you can get up to two hours of 1080p video onto a single-layer DVD-recordable disc. Yes, it can be done as I’ve done it myself however the process is quite complex. Typically, you should get an hour of 1080p video onto a single-layer disc and up to two hours on a double-layer DVD-rec0rdable disc.
If you don’t have a Blu-ray player, AVCHD discs will also play in PlayStation 3 gaming consoles.
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