The optical disc is dead. You know it, we know it, and the American people know it. The truth is that even if you have moved to a fancy-schmancy cloud existence where you watch your entire transcoded video library at the coffee bar from your hybrid, convertible, solar-powered tablet, a lot of people are still living in that land of the DVDx and physical media. So when you want to show you’ll friends and relatives the video of your kid snorting milk out of his nose, you have to burn it to DVD.
Even when age of optical disc is dead, people still like to burn video DVDs, this tutorial guides you how to put Videos on a DVD in one minute, in easy steps.
Step 1: Download DVD Flick
Perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get this chore done is to use DVD Flick. This app is free and handles most of the messy chores of creating title menus, transcoding, and burning to disc that scare most people off after five minutes. As far as combo disc burning/transcoding apps go, DVD Flick is pretty much fire and forget.
First, download the program from www.dvdflick.net (it should link you to Sourceforge.net) and install it.
Step 2: Pick your Videos for DVD
Once you’ve launched it, you can start picking up videos you look to burn to DVDs. For that:
Start a new project and begin to drag-and-drop to it, or select “Add title” and browse to the folder that holds the files to be burn to DVD. Default burn is a standard disc, but to burn a double-layer disc, click “Project settings” button, under General, change the target size.
To view disc on PAL, change that using Video setting of Project Settings. If you’re putting multiple videos on the disc, you can change how the disc plays back on a DVD player. By default, it will proceed to the next title, but you can click on Playback and change it return to menu or loop the particular title.
Under burning, you can also choose to create and ISO image rather that burn it directly to disc. This can be useful if DVD Flick has issues burning to your particular DVD burner.
Step 3: Create Menus
By default, the disc you create with DVD Flick should just play on any commercial deck, but most people probably wants a menu. Click on the Menu settings button and pick from several pre-canned menus that work fine. Just note that the title menu of the disc will be taken from the title field of Project settings. To change it to “Kids Video”, click on Project settings and General, and change the title to suit your preference.
Step 4: Burn to DVDs
Once ready, click “Create DVD” and DVD Flick will begin transcoding the titles and burning the disc. Keep in mind that while we said we’d tell you how to put your videos on a disc in one minute flat, that time doesn’t include the encoding and burning. If DVD Flick for some reason can’t burn to your DVD player, you can either create an ISO and burn that or use another app such as Ashampoo Burning Studio (www.ashampoo.com), ImgBurn (www.imgburn.com), or CDBurnerXP (www.cdburnerxp.se) to burn the files to a disc. The video files you need to burn are typically located in C:\Users\Your_login\Documents\dvd\dvd. Using CDBurnerXP, for example, you’ll want to choose “Video DVD”, select the contents of the Video_TS folder, and then burn it.
The real secret to DVD Flick is its ability to transmogrify (not and actual technical term) just about anything. The Program supports 45 file formats, 60 video codecs, and 40 audio formats. From what we’ve seen, it’ll take anything from 3GP to MP4 and convert it without complaining.
One weakness of the program, it that it’s not for editing video. It’s not a full-service video editor nor does it claim to be. But, the videos shot with your phone held vertically (it’s officially called Vertical Video Syndrome) will typically be displayed sideways. DVD Flick does try to flip videos correctly when it can, but it isn’t consistent. If you want to edit video or add transitions and effects, you’ll need a real editor such as Adobe Premiere Elements or CyberLink Power Director. Neither are difficult to learn to use, but aren’t apps that you can fire and forget like DVD Flick.