How to Create a DVD for Free

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Recently, I needed to burn a DVD of an old video to send to SpikeTV. I tried using the Vista DVD Authoring tool. It built it easily, but wouldn’t burn. So of course, I needed an alternative. Even though I ended up making the DVD using iDVD (part of Leopard iLife in OS X), I still wanted to find a free alternative for Windows. I threw it out to my chat room, to see what they use.

Someone suggested I try Dvd Styler. It’s an open source program for both Windows and Linux. DVDStyler is a cross-platform DVD authoring application that makes possible for video enthusiasts to create professional-looking DVDs. The main DVDStyler features are:

  • you can drag and drop MPEG files directly
  • you can create NTSC/PAL menus
  • you can import image file for background
  • you can place text and images anywhere on the menu screen
  • you can change font/color
  • you can put buttons, change font and colors
  • you can copy and paste any menu object
  • you can set chapters for each movie
  • you can change post command for each movie

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