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2019-05-13 19:27:30 Posted by Elena
Summary: In this article, you can learn how to make preparations for Blu-ray burning, how to choose a burner software and how to burn videos/data/DVDs/Blu-rays to Blu-ray discs.
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Table of Contents
1. Why do you need to burn Blu-rays?
2. What do you need to burn a Blu-ray?
3. Blu-ray burning software to burn videos to Blu-rays and how to make a choice
4. How to burn a Blu-ray (video Blu-ray)?
5. Burn data to Blu-ray discs
6. Burn DVD/Blu-ray to Blu-rays
7. Wrap up
Do you want to immortalize your favorite memories on Blu-ray discs? Yes, it is a good way to preserve your precious home videos or loved movies by burning them to long-lasting Blu-ray discs. But how to burn videos to Blu-rays? What preparations are needed? Do I need a Blu-ray burning software program? Don’t worry. Here in this article we will give you the answers to all of these questions and also include some knowledge that we think you should know.
Back up your precious videos– Burning home-made party or other videos to Blu-ray discs for storage and sharing can be meaningful. For the online videos and movies you love, you can also download and burn them to Blu-ray discs and play them on a Blu-ray player in future.
Collection purpose– If you have the habit of collecting Blu-ray discs, you may want to burn some useful or important videos to Blu-rays for collection.
Burn data/DVDs/Blu-rays to Blu-rays for backup– Burning Blu-rays usually refers to burn videos to playable Blu-ray discs. But sometimes when we talk about burning Blu-rays, we may also mean burning data, DVDs, Blu-rays to Blu-ray discs. Due to its large capacity and cheap price, Blu-ray can be a good choice to store data. Of course, sometimes you may need to make copies of your DVD and Blu-ray movies. Since Blu-rays are much larger than DVDs, so it is possible to burn several DVDs into one Blu-ray disc for backup.
Note: Here in this article we will mainly talk about the topic of creating playable Blu-rays from videos like MP4, AVI, MKV and more, but we will also introduce some tools for you to burn data/DVDs/Blu-rays to Blu-rays.
Before getting started on creating your own Blu-rays, you need to make the essential tools prepared.
A Blank Blu-ray disc
Needless to say, a blank Blu-ray disc is essential, but how to choose the right blank Blu-ray disc? There are two kinds of Blu-ray discs: BD-R discs that are write-only and BD-RE that are rewriteable. Same with DVD discs, Blu-ray discs have not only single-layer discs but also dual-layer discs. The storage capacity of single-layer Blu-ray discs is 25GB, while the dual-layer Blu-ray discs can hold double the amount of data, namely, 50GB. Dual-layer Blu-ray discs are marked as BD-R DL or BD-RE DL. There are also BD-XL TL and BD-XL QL, whose storage capacity can arrive at 128 GB, but here we only focus on these common BD-25 and BD-50 discs.
To sum up, you can choose blank Blu-rays according to your needs. If you need to burn large videos to a Blu-ray, you should choose dual-layer Blu-ray discs and if you are going to use the Blu-ray discs for many times, please choose BD-RE discs.
A Blu-ray Burner drive
You can rely on the built-in Blu-ray drive in your computer or use an external Blu-ray burner to burn Blu-rays. However, with some factors considered, many laptop companies are removing optical drives from their products, so it is likely that you need to choose an external Blu-ray burner to use. Then here comes the question: how to choose a Blu-ray burner drive?
First, you need to focus on the read and write capability of a Blu-ray drive, confirming that the Blu-ray drive can both read and write Blu-rays. Some of Blu-ray drives can only read but not write Blu-rays.
Second, you should notice the drive’s read and write speeds. A Blu-ray burner drive with fast write speed can help your burn videos to Blu-ray discs in a short time. Normally, a USB 3.0 drive is much faster than a USB 2.0 drive.
Third, if you need to travel with a drive now and then, size and weight are important factors to consider. A compact driver can be easier to carry. Even though you are going to use the Blu-ray burner only at home, we still recommend you to purchase a small and portable one, because it is more convenient to store when you don’t use it.
Fourth, it is unavoidable that Blu-ray burner drives make noises when you use them to burn Blu-rays, but at least you should bypass one that is too loud to make you do other things like watching a movie with your computer.
Fifth, the Blu-ray burner should be sturdy so that it won’t be damaged easily and its buttons can work well for a long time.
The Blu-ray burning software/Blu-ray authoring software/Blu-ray creator/Blu-ray maker
There are no built-in Blu-ray burning tools on Windows or Mac to burn videos like AVI, MP4, FLV, MKV and more to playable Blu-ray disc, so you need to take advantage of a third-party Blu-ray burning software, or Blu-ray authoring software/Blu-ray creator/Blu-ray maker you call, to do such a job. How to choose a third-party Blu-ray burning software program? Now let’s move to the next part to learn more details.
You can find many free tools on the internet to create video DVDs that can be played on a DVD player. However, that is not the case on Blu-rays. The so-called free Blu-ray burning software programs like Burnaware Free are limited versions that induce you to purchase their paid versions, and the completely free Blu-ray burners like ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP can only burn ISOs/folders to Blu-rays and are unable to create video Blu-rays from videos directly.
So to burn videos to Blu-rays directly, you need to turn to these paid Blu-ray creators. Then how to choose the best Blu-ray burning software from the tons of options? Here we will list the things you should notice when you make a choice.
How to choose a Blu-ray burning software program?
Input: An eligible Blu-ray maker should support various video formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, M2TS, TS, MOV, WMV, WMA, 3GP and more.
Output: It’s right if a Blu-ray creator can burn videos to Blu-rays discs that have corresponding storage capacity (BD-25, BD-50). But it would be better if it can compress videos to fit a smaller disc (BD-5, BD-9, BD-25).
Output quality: If you burn videos to Blu-rays for preservation, you will want to retain the original quality of the videos. So please remember to check the output quality before making a decision.
Burning speed: The source files can be large so it’s important to check the burning speed of a Blu-ray burning software program. A powerful Blu-ray creator won’t let you wait too long to get the burning done.
Customization: Customization tools can help you create your own Blu-rays, so customization features like creating menu, adding external subtitles, selecting audio tracks and more would be a plus.
Ease of use: A good Blu-ray maker should be clean and intuitive. Before deciding to purchase such a program, please first check if it is easy to use for you.
The best Blu-ray maker to burn MKV, MP4, AVI and more to Blu-rays
Taking all the above factors into consideration, DVDFab Blu-ray Creator is the best Blu-ray maker to burn Blu-rays on Windows or Mac.
DVDFab Blu-ray Creator is a professional Blu-ray burner software program that can burn all kinds of videos including MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV and more to Blu-ray discs. When speaking of the output, it not only can convert videos to common BD-25 and BD-50, but also can burn/compress videos to DVD-5/9 (BD-5/9) in Blu-ray format. Also, DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper can convert videos to Blu-ray folders and ISO files for later burning.
There are advanced options in its Advanced Settings panel that allows you to choose the video quality you want. You can choose the “Same with source” option to get a lossless copy, or use other options to let the Blu-ray burning software burn according to your requirements. And the good thing is that even if you choose to compress the source video, DVDFab can preserve the quality at the most extent and output videos with small losses.
Moreover, this Blu-ray authoring software comes with some customization tools that can fulfill your needs to customize your Blu-rays. There are some cool and beautiful menu templates that let you create a personal Blu-ray menu. There are also other options that let you select the audio tracks you want, add external subtitles, and preview the videos.
DVDFab Blu-ray Creator also is a fast Blu-ray burner program. With its support to the latest hardware acceleration technology, it surpasses many of its competitors to become one of fastest Blu-ray burning software. The burning speed varies with the configurations of computers, so you can try it on your computer to evaluate its speed. DVDFab Blu-ray Creator is easy to use and you can learn all its features in a few minutes, so don’t hesitate to download it and have a try.
Although ImgBurn cannot burn playable video Blu-rays from videos itself, it can work with another program tsMuxerR to create video Blu-rays. tsMuxeR is a free software program that can convert videos like MKV, MP4, MOV and more into playable Blu-ray ISO files, so that’s the reason why we need it – ImgBurn then can burn the Blu-ray ISO files made by tsMuxeR to Blu-ray discs to create playable Blu-ray discs. Now let’s see the detailed steps.
Burn videos to a Blu-ray freely with tsMuxeR and ImgBurn
First, open tsMuxeR and click the “Add” button to load the video file you want to convert.
Second, choose “Blu-ray ISO” at the Output section.
Third, click the “Browse” button to choose a directory to save the output file, and then click the “Start muxing” button to start the process of converting videos to a Blu-ray ISO.
Forth, open ImgBurn and choose “Write image file to disc”.
Fifth, click the folder icon to find the ISO file made by tsMuxeR.
Sixth, insert a black Blu-ray disc into your optical drive and then choose the drive in the Destination part.
Seventh, click the “Burn” button to start the process of burning the Blu-ray ISO to the disc.
The process will take some time to complete, so you need to wait with patience.
ImgBurn is a free Blu-ray maker that is only available for Windows, so if you are a Mac user, you need to find another software program to replace ImgBurn to burn Blu-ray on Mac. Fortunately, the Finder on Mac has the feature of burning ISO files to Blu-rays. So if you get an ISO file from tsMuxeR, you can create a playable Blu-ray on your Mac without using any third-party Blu-ray burning software. Now let’s have a look at how to burn an ISO file to a Blu-ray disc on Mac with Finder.
How to burn an ISO file to a Blu-ray on Mac with Finder
First, find the folder that contains the ISO file made by tsMuxeR. Open up the folder in a Finder Window.
Second, click File on the top bar and select “Burn … (ISO name) to Disc”.
Third, in the pop-out window, put in the disc name and choose the burn speed.
Forth, insert a blank Blu-ray disc into your Blu-ray drive and then click the “Burn” button to start the Blu-ray burning process.
These are the free methods we find to burn videos to Blu-rays. You may try them but you may find them not so convenient because they require you to use two different tools. And also, they don’t provide advanced tools for you to make customizations, such as to create a menu. So here we recommend you to burn videos to Blu-rays with DVDFab Blu-ray Creator, which is much more powerful and is available for both Windows and Mac.
How to burn MP4, AVI, MKV and more to Blu-rays with DVDFab Blu-ray Creator
First, please download and install the latest DVDFab on your computer.
Second, open DVDFab, go to the Creator module and click the “+” icon to add the video source from your computer. You even can add YouTube videos by clicking “Add from online” option.
Third, click the Creator mode switcher at the top left corner to choose Blu-ray Creator.
Forth, now you can customize your Blu-ray. Click the wrench icon beside the Blu-ray name, you can change the Volume Label and select the output size and quality.
Click the icon next to the wrench icon, you can customize your menu. There are some menu templates for you to choose and you can also personalize all the elements inside the templates, including the background art, the text font, color and size, etc.
After all settings are done, click the “OK” button to go back to the main interface. If the video source contains multiple audio tracks and subtitles, you now can choose the audio tracks and subtitles you want. You even can add external subtitles.
All the customizations are optional. You can choose them according to your needs.
Fifth, now please go to the bottom of the main interface to select a directory to save the output Blu-ray. To burn the video source into a Blu-ray disc, please insert a blank Blu-ray disc to your disc drive and select the disc drive from the drop-down list box.
Besides, DVDFab Blu-ray Creator also gives you the choices to convert videos to Blu-ray folders and ISO files. By clicking the folder icon next to the drop-down list box, you can save the video to a Blu-ray folder; by clicking the image icon next to the folder icon, you can get a Blu-ray ISO file. To burn a Blu-ray movie disc or create a Blu-ray folder/ISO file? The choice is yours.
Sixth, click the “Start” button to start the process of converting the video to a Blu-ray movie. After clicking the “Start” button, you can see the detailed progress information.
The steps on Windows and Mac are almost same, so if you are a Mac user you can also follow the above steps to burn videos to a Blu-ray.
Burning Blu-ray can also mean burning a data Blu-ray, namely burning your files or data to Blu-ray discs for backup. Burning a data Blu-ray is much easier than burning a video Blu-ray. Both Windows operating system and macOS have the abilities to burn data to Blu-ray discs.
For Windows users, once you insert a blank Blu-ray disc into your disc drive, a window will pop out for you to choose “Burn files to disc” (if there is no the pop-up, please find the disc drive on the computer and double-click it to activate the pop-up). Then in the next step, please choose “Like a USB flash drive”. After that, you can find the disc root location and drag files to the disc folder to burn them to the Blu-ray disc.
For a Mac user, the data Blu-ray burning process is same with the process of burning ISO to a Blu-ray disc (see part 4). Find the file you want to burn to a black Blu-ray, click the File on the top bar of Finder and then select the “Burn…to Disc” to bring out the burning window.
Furthermore, you can also take advantage of those free Blu-ray burning software programs like ImgBurn or CDBurnerXP to do the job. It is easy to find the data burning option on their main interfaces and you can continue the steps according the information provided by the programs.
For some reasons you may also want to burn a DVD or several DVDs into a Blu-ray disc. Only a few burning tools are available for burning DVDs to Blu-rays in the market, but still there is one tool that deserves your try, and that is DVDFab DVD to Blu-ray Converter. This DVD to Blu-ray converter stands out for its versatility and high-quality output.
If you want to burn Blu-rays to Blu-rays, namely, make copies of Blu-rays, you can use DVDFab Blu-ray Copy. DVDFab Blu-ray Copy is a powerful Blu-ray copier that can burn Blu-ray discs/folders/ISO files to Blu-ray discs without any quality loss. It comes with 5 copy modes, which can fulfill your copy needs from many different ways. Click burn Blu-ray with Blu-ray Copy to learn the copy steps.
As you have read here, you must have learned all the things about burning a Blu-ray. To burn a Blu-ray, a good Blu-ray burner (hardware) and Blu-ray burning software are necessary. You can choose the right tools as the instructions we give in the article. Since we also give the methods to burn a video Blu-ray, you can also burn a Blu-ray according to those steps listed. Hope you do find the best way to burn a Blu-ray.
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