A truly clever person might have figured out how to put the trial version of Sony Movie Studio Platinum on the studio computer in the basement, which is running the 64-bit version of Windows 7 with more RAM than George Washington's Computer can even address, and see if it was possible to burn a DVD there. But it was getting late and I was not that clever.
Instead, I went browsing again and found some trial software from Wondershare, a Chinese company, and figured why not try it?
Well, it turns out that their trial software burns the DVD with a ginormous watermark. But it did, however, burn the DVD.
So I paid the $40 and bought it. Because, as Gretchen cogently pointed out, $40 is a heckuva lot cheaper than $1600, which is what I would spend building a new machine. :)
Remarkably, although I made a purchase with my Discover Card from a Chinese company late last night, I have not yet been contacted by Discover Fraud Prevention.
And, having paid for and registered the software, I was able to burn some DVDs without watermarks.
Which is good.
So George's computer will be around for a while longer.