Creating DVDs (high-definition or standard-definition) using the DW-100 DVD burner with the VIXIA HF S20, HF S200, and HF S21
Article ID: ART108373 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/16/2015


Creating DVDs (high-definition or standard-definition) using the DW-100 DVD burner with the VIXIA HF S20, HF S200, and HF S21


Using the optional DW-100 DVD burner, you can save your precious movies in high-definition to AVCHD discs (high-definition).

Also, if you down-convert the movie to standard-definition with the camcorder, you can create DVDs in standard-definition (DVD-Video standard).


Be sure to operate the camcorder and the DVD burner using the supplied compact power adapter and AC adapter.

Preparations on the camcorder to save in high-definition

  1. Press the < > button to set the camcorder to playback mode.

  2. Open the index screen that contains the recordings you want to add to the disc.
    - Touch [ ], select the built-in memory ( / ), Card A, or Card B, and then select Original or Playlist to display the index screen.
    - AVCHD discs created with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner cannot contain scenes recorded in MXP mode.
    - If you have recorded scenes in MXP mode, add to the playlist in advance only those scenes recorded in other recording modes and create the disc from the [Playlist] index screen.

  3. For original recordings only: Choose whether to add to the disc all the scenes or only scenes that have not been previously added to a disc.
    - When you create the disc from the [Playlist] index screen (including the playlist of video snapshot scenes), the disc will contain the entire playlist.

    3-1. Touch [ ].

    3-2. Touch [ ].

    3-3. Drag your finger up and down to bring [ Add Recordings to Disc ] into the orange selection bar, and touch inside the frame on the right.

    3-4. Touch [All Scenes] or [Remaining Scenes].

    - Scenes that are currently displayed (original or playlist) will be selected.

    3-5. Touch [ ] to close the menu.

Preparations on the camcorder to save in standard-definition

Convert high-definition scenes in the built-in memory ( / ) or memory card A to standard definition before creating a DVD disc. Converted scenes will be saved to the memory card B.

  1. Make sure there is a memory card in slot with sufficient available space.

    - You cannot down-convert movies to standard definition to a memory card in slot .

  2. Press the < > button to set the camcorder to playback mode.

  3. Touch [ ] to display [ ] or [ ] index screen.
    - Open the [Original], [Playlist] or [Video Snapshot] index screen.

  4. Select the scene you want to convert.
    - 4-1. Touch [ ], and then touch on the individual scenes you want to convert.A checkmark [ ] will appear on scenes selected.
    - To select all the scenes at once: Touch [Select All] instead of touching individual scenes. (Remove in advance any checkmarks from scenes you may have selected individually.)

    4-2. Touch [ Edit ].

    4-3. Touch [Convert HDSD ( DVD)] DVD)].

    If a copyright notice appears, read it carefully and touch [OK] if you agree.

    4-4. Information necessary for conversion will appear on the display, touch [ Yes ].

    If the following settings are required, touch [ ] to change settings before starting the conversion.
    - Embed Date/Time: The recording date and time will always be displayed on the converted scene.
    - Bit Rate (Quality): Using a higher bit rate will result in better video quality for the converted scenes.

    4-5. When the conversion is completed, a confirmation screen will appear. Touch [ OK ].

  5. Touch [ ] > [ ] > [ Web/DVD ] > [ For DVD(SD-VIDEO) ]in that order.
    - The scene after the conversion to standard definition is shown.

    - In [ ], you can also see movies that are saved on the card on the [For DVD (SD-VIDEO)] index screen.


The time required to convert scenes is approximately equal to the total playback time of the converted scenes. In most cases this is still faster than converting the scenes in the computer so we recommend you convert scenes in the camcorder.


When converting scenes in the playlist or video snapshot index screen:

  • The scenes are converted with the selected background music instead of the original sound.

When converting scenes in the playlist index screen:

  • All the scenes are merged into one converted scene.
  • If the converted scene is too large, it will be split into 2 GB-sized scenes.
  • The playlist cannot be converted when its total playback time exceeds 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Connecting to the DW-100 DVD Burner and Creating a Disc


Please perform these operations while watching the camcorder's LCD monitor.

  1. Press the < POWER/MODE > button on the DVD burner to turn it on.
    - Each time the < POWER/MODE > button is pressed, the mode changes, so be sure the REC lamp (red) is on.

  2. Connect the camcorder to the DVD burner using the supplied USB cable.
    - If the device type selection screen appears, touch [ DVD Burner ].

    - If the [USB Connection Type] in the menu is set to [ Computer / Printer ], the [ ] icon will blink, and the camcorder will not be able to connect. Disconnect the USB cable once, change the [USB Connection Type] setting to [DVD Burner] or [Connect and Set], and then reconnect the USB cable.
  3. When the connection is completed, [No disc] will be displayed.
    3-1. Use the < OPEN/CLOSE > button on the DVD Burner to open and close the disc tray.

    3-2. Insert a brand new disc into the DVD Burner.

    If you inserted a DVD-RW disc that already contains data, [The disc already contains data.] will be displayed. To overwrite the data (erasing the previous content of the disc), touch [OK] and select [Yes] .

    - If data is overwritten, it is deleted completely.
    - Before overwriting data, please check the contents recorded on a disc carefully, and then save them to your computer.

    After the disc is recognized, an information screen will display the type of DVD you are creating and the estimated time and number of discs it will require (based on the disc you inserted).

  4. Press the start button on the DVD burner.

    A progress bar will be displayed on the screen.
    - After pressing the start button (while the disc is being written) the operation cannot be canceled.
    - When the last disc is finalized, [Task completed] will be displayed. Take out the disc and close the disc tray.
    - When the data requires multiple discs

    After a disc is finalized, it will be ejected automatically and a message will appear. Insert the next disc and close the disc tray.
    - To create an additional copy of the same disc
    - After the operation is finished, insert a brand new disc, close the disc tray and repeat the operation.


  • Discs with recordings in FXP/XP+/SP/LP mode created using the optional DW-100 DVD Burner can be played back only with AVCHD-compatible DVD players. Do not insert a high-definition disc into a DVD player that is not compatible with AVCHD specifications as you may not be able to eject the disc.

  • While the camcorder is connected to the DVD burner, do not open the memory card slot cover and do not remove the memory card.

  • Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator on the camcorder is on or flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss.
    - Do not open the memory card slot cover.
    - Do not disconnect the USB cable.
    - Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder or the DVD burner.


  • If a scene does not fit entirely in one disc, it may be divided and continue on the next disc.

  • When the camcorder contains a large number of scenes to be saved on discs, it may take a long time for the connection to the DVD burner (step 2 above) to be completed. For best performance, we recommend limiting the number of scenes to be saved to 500 or fewer scenes. (With 500 scenes, it will take approximately 3 minutes to complete the connection.)