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How do you make Windows DVD Maker burn dual-layer DVDs in Windows 7?

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I have a number of video files (.WMV's) larger than 4.7 gigabytes that I'd like to burn to a DVD using Windows DVD Maker.  Unfortunately, every time I try to burn with DVD Maker, it compresse the video and only burns 4.7 GB to the disc.

I've tried 3 different model computers, 6 models of DVD drive, three types of media, all to no avail.  It doesn't appear regardless of what I do that DVD Maker will recognize and properly use the room available on a dual layer DVD.

What am I missing?  When I put a dual layer disc in, the time in the interface increases from ~140 minutes to ~270+ minutes so it's obvious it sees the extra room but it refuses to use it.

Any input is appreciated.  I want to provide my users the abiliy to simply use DVD Maker rather than having to purchase and deploy a complicated product just for the purposes of making a simple DVD.

Thanks!
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Do you have enough disk space in your local HDD for Temporary file location for Windows DVD Maker?

Have you tried to burn with the lowest speed of your DVD burner?
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Have you chosen "DVD-R 9.0G" at the bottom of the DVD maker window? R4.5G is single layer and 9.0G is dual layer.
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I have plenty of disk space available, yes.

I have tried to vary the speed on multiple burners across multiple computers, no difference.

There s no option to select a disc size in the Windows 7 version of DVD Maker.  At least not that I can find.  Can you post a screenshot?  A lot of forums have referred to this feature but I believe the users saying to choose DVD-R 9.0G are running Vista, not 7.
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I've posted a screenshot here of what DVD Maker looks like in Windows 7, at least my copy.
Windows7DVDMaker.jpg
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Okay, apparently Windows DVD Maker does support burning to dual-layer discs out of the box, but it chooses to always compress video to fit an allowable record time.  Oddly, even if your video is well short of the allowable time, say 40 minutes, it will still compress the video.  And I don't mean it will simply convert the input format to MPEG-2, it *compresses* it too.  Annoying and odd.  A 6 GB HD WMV file should merely be converted to MPEG-2 and burned to take the maximum allowable space, thereby retaining as much video quality as possible.  DVD Maker's approach is to compress it to ensure that 200-some-odd minutes of video will always fit on a DL DVD regardless of how much content you tried to put on the disc to begin with.
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Previous suggestions refer to an earlier version of DVD Maker, not the one found in Windows 7.  Windows 7 DVD maker does not offer a selection of DVD-5 vs. DVD-9.
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