Tuesday, August 21, 2007

DVD Authoring Software for Free: Make Your Own Movies

I had a request by a reader for a freeware or inexpensive DVD authoring program that will take video clips, convert them into DVD-compliant files and even burn them to a DVD disk. I'm an owner of a digital camcorder and also have a pretty large collection of video clips that I'd like to use in DVD's that I author. My favorite application for making my own DVD's is TMPGEnc DVD Author, but since it costs around $100, I found another option for those of you just getting started in DVD authoring and for those of you on on a budget.

To use Movie DVD Maker, you simply add the video clip/s:
Pick the DVD Recorder or select to save to Hard Drive, convert and wait for it to process. The time it takes to convert to a DVD format depends on the speed of your PC, but count on it taking a little while at least.
When the DVD is finished, you'll get the screen below saying it is complete.
SoThink Movie DVD maker is a solid, free software program for DVD authoring. It converts from most formats like MOV, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4 and 3GP to a standard DVD format. It doesn't currently support menu making on the DVD but it does support trimming video clips, combining clips into a movie, support for subtitles, output to DVD folders among other features. Once it finishes creating the DVD format it will burn the newly created movie to your DVD. I should note that the default output format is PAL so if you are in the U.S., you will need to change it to NTSC.

If you need a simple, free DVD authoring software I highly recommend this one.
Read more about this free software and download it at SoThinkMedia.com

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