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DVDs and Blu-ray discs are great ways to share your movies with your friends, your family, and your clients. Almost everyone has at the very least a DVD player, and in this session we'll look at how to output your finished movie to a DVD or to a Blu-ray disc. Here we have a movie on our timeline and we have our little menu markers applied. We have a DVD or a Blu-ray disc applied, a Movie menu applied, and now we're all set for our output. The output options in Premiere Elements are located under Publish+Share, in the upper-right corner of the program.
And when I want to click on that, I get a variety of options for outputting the video. These are all optimized for whatever destination you choose. In this particular case we're going to burn a DVD or a Blu-ray disc. And on the Option panel we have the option of selecting a DVD, a Blu-ray, or an AVCHD. DVDs of course are standard-resolution discs that play into DVD player or in a Blu-ray player. Blu-ray discs are of course high- definition discs that play only in Blu-ray players.
AVCHD discs, they're recorded to a DVD, but they are not DVDs. They're high-definition and they can only be played on a Blu-ray player. But you can burn them to a DVD rather than a more expensive Blu-ray disc. We select the option we want. In this case I have chosen a DVD and you could see I could name it if I want. No reason to name it if I'm burning it to a disc, but there's an option here also to burn to a folder on your hard drive, which I will talk about in just a moment. Once you've selected your options, you may want to leave this checked, Fit Contents to available space.
The program will automatically optimize your output, and it will make it as large as possible. As long as you've got less than 70 minutes of video, it's going to fit just fine at full quality onto a DVD disc. If you have a dual-layer disc, you can fit little over two hours' worth of video on a disc. You also have the option, in addition to burning to a disc, of burning your files to your hard drive, and you can select that option right here from this dropdown menu.
You can burn it to a 4.7 or a single-layer-disc-size folder on your hard drive or you can burn it to a larger dual-layer-disc size folder on your hard drive. Why would you want to burn your DVD files to a folder on your hard drive rather than to your disk? And the reason why is, well, for one thing, it gives me a master file that I can archive and always have at my disposal. The other thing is if I'm going to create more than one copy of my DVD, I might as well just burn the folder to my hard drive and then whenever I want to burn off a copy all I've got to do is just go to that folder and make copies out of that folder of the Video TS folder for the file.
Blu-rays, on the other hand, do not have the option to burn to a folder. They can only be burnt to a disc, and you can fit about two hours' worth of video on a single-layer Blu-ray disc or four hours on a dual-layer disc. AVCHDs, like I say, will burn AVCHD high-definition video to a DVD disc. Again, you need a Blu-ray player to play them, but you can squeeze about half an hour of high-definition video onto an AVCHD disc, and you have the option here of burning to a folder rather than directly to a disc too.
DVDs and Blu-rays are terrific ways to share your movie projects. They look great, they're easy to deliver, and they're a fairly universal video format. And with Premiere Elements, you can edit your movie, create your disc menus, and output your DVD or Blu-ray discs all from the same program.
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