Transfer Programs from Your DVR to DVD

DVR to DVD transfer options give you the ability to make a disc with your favorite shows or movies and watch it whenever you have time. You can use DVR to DVD recording to free up space on your DVR recorder, or to carry programming with you to watch on any DVD player.

Connect Your DVR to a DVD Recorder
The most direct method of DVR recording is to connect your DVR system to a DVD recorder. This involves adding another piece of equipment to your equipment chain. In this setup, instead of running your DVR output directly to your TV, you'd run the DVR output to your DVD recorder input. You can then run a cable from your DVD recorder output directly to your television to watch programming.

Once everything is connected and running properly, you should be able to view your DVR contents from your television through your DVD recorder. From there, simply play the show from your DVR system, insert a blank DVD, press record on your DVD recorder and let it roll. When you're finished recording, you can either pause your DVD recorder and select another DVR program to add to the disc, or finalize the disc so you can view it on other devices.

All-in-One Recorders Make It Easy
Some DVR systems include DVD recorders built in so that you can transfer video off your DVR for future use and free up valuable hard drive space. These systems tend to be more expensive, but if you want to avoid using multiple pieces of equipment and recording in real-time while the program plays, this type of system can be a great investment. These systems designed for DVR recording vary somewhat, so look for a system where you can watch something else while you're recording a DVD for maximum flexibility.

Use Your Computer
With the addition of a DVR card or TV capture card and DVR software, you can use your home computer for DVR recording. Most home computers already have DVD burners built-in, so burning a DVD from a home computer is a relatively simple process that many people know how to do. If you do use your home computer for DVR recording, consult your owner's manual for specifics on recording a DVD from your computer.

Burning DVDs on a Network
Some newer and high-end DVR systems come with network connectivity. A network DVR system can be plugged in to a wired or wireless network in your home. Once the DVR is set up on the network, you'll be able to access your saved programs from your PC, just as if you were reading them from a USB drive. Check for compatibility with your PC and make sure you've got enough hard disk space to make this work, as it's faster and more reliable to move the files to your computer's hard drive before you burn a disc.

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