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That is about as simple as it gets, at least for now. You'll probably want to print out this article and consult it when you buy your DVD burner, but let's review.

Step one: Decide what you want to use your DVD burner for. If you want to back up computer data a DVD-RAM burner is a good choice. If you want to record movies and music choose another kind of burner.

Step 2: Decide where you will be watching your DVDs. If you plan to send your homemade DVD movies to friends and relatives with older DVD players, you will want to make sure you get a DVD-R or DVD+R burner. If you plan to watch your DVD movies on a computer or a newer DVD player any format will likely do. Again, these are general guidelines and there are lots of exceptions. Check the web and do your homework.

Step 3: Match em up. Remember the children's clothing brand Garanimals? If a shirt had a lion on it, you had to find a pair of shorts with a lion on it. If you got a Garanimal shirt with a lion on it and shorts with a fox then they would be different sizes and would not match. DVD is the same way. You need to make sure that your DVD media and DVD drive are the same.



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