Well, since I already covered how to burn single layer DVDs using the free burning software, IMGBurn, and I have been doing some tutorials on converting your Blu-rays to AVCHD and other Blu-ray based material, I thought it was time to cover burning AVCHDs and Blu-ray disks.

Well, let's get started. I assume you already have at least a BDMV folder you want to burn (and a CERTIFICATE folder if you are burning to a Blu-ray disk).

First, start up IMGBurn (obviously).


You will see a window like the one below. Click on theWrite file/folders to disc button.

The IMGBurn main window with the 'Write files to disk' button highlighted.


Now, in the left hand corner, you will see a window area labeled Source, like I have shown below. Click on the folder icon that I have highlighted to locate your BDMV (and if you are burning a Blu-ray, your CERTIFICATE) folder.

The load source folder button for IMGBurn.


You should see your folder loaded in the source window now. Remember, since I'm burning an AVCHD in this case, I will only have one folder. If I were burning a Blu-ray (BD-R, BD-RE, etc) then I would include the CERTIFICATE folder as well.

If you include the CERTIFICATE folder in a AVCHD compilation, you run the risk of confusing your Blu-ray player and producing a non-playable disk.

The IMGBurn source folder list with one BDMV folder highlighted.


Now, click the big Calculator button. What this will do is calculate the size of your compilation and analyze our source, which leads up to step 5.

The IMGBurn information window with the calculator button highlighted.


IMGBurn is smart. IMGBurn is so smart that it will detect that you are trying to burn a Blu-ray based disk and will automatically set a number of settings for you, like the UDF revision (which should be 2.50 or 2.60).

An alert window from IMGBurn concerning the use of a BDMV folder as a source.

You can see what I'm talking about by clicking on the Options tab and looking where it says UDF.

The IMGBurn burning options tab, with UDF revision set to 2.50.


Next, choose your destination drive. Since I only have one burner drive in my computer, this has already been set correctly for me. Choose whichever drive you desire (as long as it's the one with your blank disk in it).

You may have noticed that I have the Verify option enabled. This is mostly through force of habit, but I find it useful as it helps me to ensure that a burn was successfully completed. Feel free to leave it off if you don't want it.

When you are ready, click the big start button that I have highlighted below.

A image of IMGBurn's destination drive and highlighted start button.


Again, since IMGBurn is so smart, it may have noticed that we have not given our compilation a name. And, being the smart little program that it is, it will probably suggest a title like the one below. Feel free to edit your title, or just click OK.

Note: If you don't do anything, IMGBurn will automatically click Yes for you in about 23 seconds, as you can see in the far bottom left corner of the alert window.

The IMGBurn volume label alert window.


Well that about covers it! With this guide, you should now be able to burn AVCHDs and Blu-ray disks whenever you want! Happy burning to you!