One hour of full HD footage requires about 50GB of disk space.
High-definition (HD) footage requires a large disk storage device. For a one-hour full HD video, you need about 50GB of hard disk space. Even a single HD frame (full HD) requires 13.9MB of disk space (every second of an HD video generally requires 24 frames). While there are smaller file sizes for non-full HD videos coming from consumer HD cameras, they still require about 8 to 13GB of disk space per one hour of footage.
1. Confirm the technical specifications of your computer and install a video editing program that can edit HD footage (if you don’t have yet).
To edit HD files efficiently, your computer needs at least 2GB RAM and 2GHz processor. It is still possible to create an editing project using low-end hardware specifications; however, you won’t be able to properly edit HD footage with it. You may encounter any of the following primary playback problems: the monitor only shows a frozen video clip; the video playback intermittently stops every few seconds; or the monitor only shows a black screen.
2. Transfer the HD footage to your hard drive. Given the large file size of HD videos, using an external hard drive for video storage is highly recommended. If using professional HD cameras that use tapes for recording, you first need to digitize (digitally capture) the footage using a video editing software. You also need an HD tape deck connected to the computer via USB or FireWire.
If using a file-based HD camera, you can readily transfer the files to the hard drive. To transfer the files, the camera must be connected to the computer’s USB or FireWire port using the camera cable. Simply copy the files according to the instruction of the video editing software. The process usually requires simple drag-and-drop or copy-pasting.
3. Import the HD footage into the video editing software and start editing. Once the final cut is ready, render the video, then export it to any format compatible with your DVD burning program. Popular video file formats that DVD burning programs can readily use include .MOV, .AVI, .WMV and .MP4.
4. Open then newly exported HD video to your DVD burning software. Select the “DVD-Video” option to burn a disc copy playable in any standard DVD player. Configure the burn settings including your preferred name for the DVD, the number of discs for burning and the preferred writing speed.
5. Insert the blank DVD disc, then press the “Record” or “Burn” button.