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Why can I not get two 1 hour SD videos, each of 3.6 Mb in .mpg format, to burn onto the same DVD. I get a warning that the files are too large when I try. Yet my Panasonic DVD burning hardware (which has become as rare to find as a VHS recorder) can accomplish this. This happens even though I click on Autofit, which is supposed to compress the video to fit! The user guide refers to a Link option, which links several videos to one. Is this what I need to record 2 files on one DVD? I do not find this option in the actual software, though.

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Why can I not get two 1 hour SD videos, each of 3.6 Mb in .mpg format, to burn onto the same DVD. I get a warning that the files are too large when I try. Yet my Panasonic DVD burning hardware (which has become as rare to find as a VHS recorder) can accomplish this. This happens even though I click on Autofit, which is supposed to compress the video to fit! The user guide refers to a Link option, which links several videos to one. Is this what I need to record 2 files on one DVD? I do not find this option in the actual software, though.

 

A standard 4.7GB DVD can only hold 60 minutes of video at the best quality setting. This is the industry standard and all software follows this even your Panasonic.

By reducing the quality of the video you can squeeze more videos on a DVD. Two hours of video would be compressed to such an extend that it might not be watchable. I think the link option you are referring to describes to option to span a longer video over two or more DVDs. I think it means to link several DVDs to one video.

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Why don't you try dual layer DVDs? You should be able to get 2 hours on those.

 

Although this program doesn't offer the option, you could look at burning the DVD using a highly compressed format such as DivX using another program. You would be able to get more than 2 hours on a single layer DVD.

 

Let us know what you decide to do.

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