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What does "burn DVD-video" mean?

What does it mean that a Nero program can "burn DVD-Video"?

1. Does it mean that the program can copy files from a computer to a DVD so that they can be stored on the video and viewed as data files?

2. Does it mean that the program can burn video files on a computer hard drive to a DVD so that they can be viewed as video in a DVD player?

3. If the answer is "yes" to question 2, which of the many video file formats can be burned to the DVD so that they can be viewed on a DVD player?

Finally, is there a glossary of terms on the Nero website which defines terms like DVD-video and other technical terms?
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  • DVD-Video is a specification for DVD discs that can play on any standalone DVD player and most Blu-ray players. Blu-ray and AVCHD DVD have their own specification.

    In your other thread, we talked about authoring. To meet the DVD-Video specification, the project you create has to be encoded (authored) to it. The output, whether to hard drive or disc will be a Video_TS folder with a specific structure. You can either burn directly from Nero Video, or if you burned to your hard drive, you can import the Video_TS file into either Nero Express or Burning Rom and burn it to disc using the DVD-Video option.
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  • Wither, thank you for answering but I don't answer what you said. Could you re-state it, please, or point me to a document that would explain it.

    I don't understand what "authoring" is.

    I don't know what it means for a project to be "encoded (authored)" to something.

    I do not know how to "import a Video_TS file into either Nero Express or Burning Rom". I don't know if I would do that on the same disc or a different one.

    Are there any Nero programs that are as user-friendly as Nero programs used to be? Are there any that are as simple to burn wmv and similar video file formats to a DVD so that the videos can be viewed in a video player.

    Please try not to use technical language. I just need a user-friendly program that will get the job done, the way that Nero programs have always done for me in the past.

    I really do appreciate your response and I hope that we can communicate long enough until I can understand what you are saying or at least long enough so that you can tell me which program I need to buy so that I can burn my files to DVD so that they can be viewed. I don't want to have to switch between different programs or convert file formats. I want to keep it simple but effective, the way the Windows DVD Maker program works. Is there any Nero program that does what Windows DVD Maker does, all-in-one program with a traditional Nero user-friendly interface?

    I have downloaded several manuals for different Nero programs that might work, but they are not clear enough for me to know if the programs they are for will work to burn my files so that I can view my files on a DVD. And I don't want to waste any more of my money on the wrong Nero programs. I have studied the descriptions of the various Nero programs on the Nero website. Several of them say they can burn DVD-video. But I think they actually may not burn my video files, as I need. The descriptions are not complete enough to make a properly informed decision to correct the original upgrade mistake.

    I don't have enough money to keep buying different Nero programs until I find one that can do what my free Windows program already does. And I don't have enough time to keep downloading more Nero trialware to try to find a program that works for me.

    Oh, for the good old days when Nero programs had adequate documentation and did everything I asked them to do!
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  • Its very simply:

    A Video-DVD is a normal Data-DVD, but with a special structure and codecs.

    The DVD-Video Format defines the file-structure on the disc and the codes, resolution of the files. Also it defined the meta-data structure for menus, titles an all the things.

    Authoring is now the process to create this structures - this means to convert the video-files to a codec/resolution allowed by dvd-video specification and create menues and required file structure.

    ONLY Nero Video (or former: Nero Vision) can AUTHOR DVD-Videos.

    But, Nero Burning ROM, Nero Express etc. can also BURN already DVD-Video Discs - if the data are already in correct format (authored).

    So: If you already have dvd-video compatible files and structures, you don't need authoring - in this case, you can just burn the files with nero burning rom/nero express.

    Also: Many DVD-Players are capable of playback video-files on normal data-discs - in this case, you can also burn the video files directly to a data-dvd.

    Only, if you want to create a "real" video-dvd from non-dvd video files, you need nero video to author them.

    A good explanation about the dvd-video format can be found here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD-Video
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