The Windows DVD Creation tool, in English DVD Maker, allows you to create DVD videos with menu. Thus, you can create stunning DVDs from your movies saved through Windows Media Center or generate photo slideshows that will then be readable from any living room DVD player. Step-by-step explanations.
Before starting, check that you meet the following conditions:
- Only Home Premium and Ultimate editions have Windows DVD Creation tool;
- One or more blank DVDs;
Step 1 — Importation of the various media
Start by launching the tool of Creating Windows DVDs by entering the first letters of the latter in the search field of the start Menu.
Then pass the home screen if it is displayed.
Now we're on the import screen. You can choose between adding photos or videos, knowing that many formats are supported.
So click on Add Elements then select the photos and/or videos of your choice — usually located in folders Images and Videos. Once selected, click on the button Add from the dialog box.
The software limitation is expressed in time and not in size as shown on the icon. Advantage or inconvenience, it depends on the situation.
At the bottom of the window, enter a title in the field provided for this purpose — in our example it is “Summer Feasts”, and then click on the link Options.
Let’s now set up some essential options for our slideshow:
- Choose DVD playback settings: it’s up to you to see according to your needs, although it’s best to start with the DVD menu;
- DVD height-width ratio: with the advent of HD screens for both TV and PCs — especially laptops, I advise you to opt for a 16:9 format;
- DVD burner speed: choose without hesitation for speed slow in order to avoid any engraving errors;
To validate all settings, click on OK. We're back on the main screen, now click on Next.
Step 2 — General presentation parameters
This is where we will define the menu style to use, the musical background that will accompany your slide show, the different texts that will appear on the home screen, etc.
Let’s first choose a menu style from the examples provided in the right column. In our example, we opted for the theme Photographs.
Click now on Menu Text. Have fun personalising the different texts according to your desires — the preview being generated in real time on the right side of the window.
Once finished, click on the button Change the text.
Now let’s go to the module Menu Customise. Again, it is up to you to act as you please and according to your needs. To validate the operation, just click on the button Change the style.
Let’s end with the most important module of all: Slideshow.
Many of you asked me how to create slideshows on a musical background without being limited — as in Picasa. Here, flexibility is needed.
Just click on the button Adding music... then select all the tracks of your choice. Using the buttons Mounting and Downhill, you can easily change the listening order — to go faster, hold the key Maj pressed down to select multiple tracks simultaneously — making them go up or down faster.
If you want the slideshow to hold on the sound background — useful to pass a complete music album, then check the box Change the duration of the slideshow depending on the duration of the music.
If this box remains unchecked, then you have the option to choose the display time of each slide using the drop-down list entitled Duration of the image.
Two last optional options can be set:
- Transition : the only way to know the effects is to launch a preview via the button provided for this effect at the top left of the window;
- Use scrolling and zoom effects for images : useful to deal with the problem of display borders, here again do tests via the function Overview ;
To validate all operations, click on the button Edit slideshow.
Step 3 — DVD engraving of the slideshow
You are now ready to start engraving your project. First of all, launch a last preview or go back to the previous steps using the blue arrows that allow you to navigate between the different screens.
When you are sure, insert a blank DVD into your burner — rewritable DVDs are allowed, useful for testing purposes, and then click on the button Engrave.
2 main phases constitute the engraving process:
- THEencoding : depending on the number of photos and videos (which may require conversion), the power of the processor, be patient. 45 minutes is often a minimum;
- The engraving : this phase usually triggers around 70 % of the process and takes several tens of minutes. Once again, let the software do and do not interrupt the process. A simple click on the cancellation button and the entire process must be restarted;
At the end of the engraving process, you will be asked if you want to make an additional copy — only the engraving phase will be repeated. If you refuse, then the whole process will have to be relaunched next time. Therefore, to save time, you will be able to use burning software to copy the newly created DVD — Nero cares about it via the DVD copy function.
Finally, note that it is possible to save the project via the menu File.
To go further
A DVD is nice but it’s even better to store it in a beautiful case with a custom jacket and it’s doubly better if your burner uses Lightscribe technology. Interested, then read the following 2 tutorials:
- Save, edit and burn your videos to DVD — in particular the last 3 parts of the article;
- Print a Lightscribe label with Nero Cover Designer ;
You are now familiar with the method of creating a musical slideshow to be engraved on a DVD and played on any DVD player. I hope it will meet your needs especially as it does not require the addition of third-party software, as the Windows DVD Creation tool is provided natively in Vista. Enjoy!