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How to Author a DVD with DVDStyler

DVDStyler is a free DVD authoring tool available for both Windows (Windows 8 included) and Mac users to create DVDs with menu and chapter management for playback on most DVD players. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use DVDStyler to author a DVD.

DVDStyler tutorial: create DVD in four steps

Download DVDStyler at: http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/downloads and install the program. To author a DVD using DVDStyler, there are four main steps.

1Create a new project

When you launch DVDStyler, a window will show up, asking you to create a new project or open a project. (If this window doesn't show up, you can go to File > New to start a new project.)

dvdstyler tutorial - new project

As you can see, there are some settings for the new project:
Disc label: The DVD-ROM title displayed on My Computer.
Disc capacity: 4.7 GB (Single Layer DVD) or 8.5 GB (Double Layer DVD).
Video quality: Auto is recommended.
Video format: NTSC is recommended for North American countries and Japan, PAL for all other.
Aspect ratio: 16:9 for widescreen TV and 4:3 for others.
Audio format: AC3 is recommended.

When you finished all the settings, click "OK" to continue. Then in the pop up window, type in the title for the DVD menu and choose a menu template.

dvdstyler tutorial -choose menu

2Add video files to the program

There are three tabs on the left panel. Now you can click on the 'File Browser' tab and navigate the folders that contain videos and drag them to the TitleSet Manager at the bottom. You can also click the "+" button to browse and select files from your computer. Available room on DVD is showed at the bottom status line.

dvdstyler tutorial -add video

3Customize DVD menu (Optional)

You can custom the menu background and buttons.

For menu background, click on the 'Backgrounds' tab on the left and double click to select menu background you prefer. If you'd like to use your own photo as the background, you can click 'File Browser' and find the photo you want to use and double click it to apply. Menu thumbnail and text can be changed double-clicking and choose the corresponding settings in the properties window.

dvdstyler tutorial -custom menu

For menu buttons, click on the 'Buttons' tab and simply drag & drop buttons to the menu displayed on the right to add the buttons. You can also double click the button to set the button properties such as action, title, color, font, etc. The same as changing menu background, you can also add button from your computer.

dvdstyler tutorial -custom menu

4Start to burn DVD

To burn videos to DVD directly, you can insert the DVD disc to your computer DVD drive and select the corresponding drive, then click 'Start' to begin burning. You can also create ISO image file or generate DVD folders by choosing Just Generate or Create ISO Image respectively. If you want to preview the files before burning or generating, choose the box "preview".

dvdstyler tutorial - burn

That's it. According to DVDStyler official website, the DVD creation process can takes several hours. If you want to burn DVD more quickly, please turn to other DVD burning software like Aimersoft Best DVD Burning Software.

Below is the video tutorial on how to use DVDStyler to author a DVD:

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It can take hours if you use a non-standard video format. If you use video pre-rendered for DVD format, the DVD ISO can be generated in a matter of minutes. It takes longer with other formats due to the requirement to transcode into DVD-ready MPEG-2 video, and obviously the more video you have, the longer it will take.
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