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Great new tool available in Windows 7 – DVD Maker


Now that most users at Augustana are using Windows 7,  a great new feature available is Windows DVD Maker.  You can find it under Start/All Programs, or use the Search feature.  A great tutorial on how to use it was posted at SevenForums.com — I am embedding it in this post.

This will show you how to open and use Windows DVD Maker in Windows 7 to create and burn a pictures and videos DVD that you can watch on a computer or on a TV using a regular DVD player. You can also customize the DVD menu style and text before you burn the DVD.
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Windows DVD Maker is only available in the Windows 7 Home PremiumProfessionalUltimate, and Enterprise editions.

Here’s how:

1. Insert a blank DVD into your DVD drive, then click on Burn a DVD video disc using Windows DVD Maker in the AutoPlay dialog box when it appears. (see screenshot below)

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A) Go to step 3.

OR

2. Open the Start Menu, click on All Programs, and click on the Windows DVD Maker shortcut. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The Windows DVD Maker EXE file path is C:\Program Files\DVD Maker\DVDMaker.exe.

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3. If displayed, click on the Choose Photos and Videos button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not want to see this window again the next time you open Windows DVD Maker, then check the Don’t show this page again box.

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4. To Add and Remove Pictures and Video

A) If you have an existing msdvd project file that you want to open and finish, then click on File and Open project file. Navigate to the folder that contains a Windows DVD Maker project file (.msdvd file extension) that you want to use to create your DVD, select the project file, and then click on Open. (see screenshot below)

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OR

B) Click on Add items, then navigate to and select the videos and pictures that you want to add to your DVD, and then click on Add. (see screenshots below)

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C) Continue to Add items or Remove items until you have finished. (see screenshots below)

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5. To Arrange the Play Order of Added Items

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NOTE: You can also drag and drop them up and down the order list.

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B) At the upper right corner, select the drive letter for your DVD burner in the drop down arrow menu. (see screenshot above)

6. To Change the DVD Video Options

A) Click on the Options link. (see screenshot above)

B) Select the settings that you want to use to create your DVD with, then click on OKwhen done. (see screenshot below)

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Note   Note
  • Choose DVD playback settings. Select one of the following options, depending on how you want your DVD to play:
    • If you want the DVD menu to display when the disc is inserted into a DVD player, click Start with DVD menu.
    • If you want the video to play automatically when the disc is inserted in a DVD player and show the menu at the end, click Play video and end with DVD menu.
    • If you want the video to play automatically and loop continuously, clickPlay video in a continuous loop. You will still be able to view the menu if you press the Menu button on the remote control for your DVD player.
  • DVD aspect ratio. This option lets you determine if a slide show on the DVD is displayed at a 4:3 (standard) or 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is expressed as the relation of the width to the height of the slide show. When deciding which aspect ratio to choose, consider the aspect ratio for the monitor or TV on which your slide show will be played.
  • Video format. This option lets you choose the video format that will be used for the video on your DVD. The options are NTSC and PAL. Most of the time you will not need to change this setting. However, you might need to change it if you plan to share your DVD with friends or family who live in a part of the world that uses a different video format. The video format that is selected by default is based on the
    “Region and Language” settings in Control Panel.
  • DVD burner speed. This option lets you select the speed to burn your DVD. The default is Fastest. Some DVD burners won’t burn at full speed if you’re using certain kinds of DVDs. If you have a problem burning a disc, try selecting Medium or Slow.
  • Temporary file location. If you want to change the storage location for temporary files that are created when making a DVD, click Browse, select the new folder location, and then click OK. For the best results when choosing a temporary file location, choose a folder on a hard disk drive partition that has at least 5 gigabytes (GB) of available disk space and a fast write speed.

7. Click on Next. (see screenshot below step 5A)

8. Select a Menu Style that you want to use for your DVD. (see screenshot below)

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9. To Change the DVD Menu Text

A) Click on Menu text on the toolbar. (see screenshot above)

B) Now do one or more of the following below that you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: The Notes button and Notes page only appear on the DVD if you include information in these fields.

  • Click the Font box, and then select the font for the menu text.
  • Click the Font Color (A), Bold (B), or Italic (I) buttons to select the font color and formatting.
  • In the DVD title box, type the title that you want to use for your DVD.
  • In the Play button box, type a label for the button people can click to play your DVD.
  • In the Scenes button box, type a label for the button that people can click to view the different scenes on the DVD.
  • In the Notes button box, type a label for the button that people can click to view any notes you enter for the DVD.
  • In the Notes box, type any notes that you want to appear on your DVD.

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C) A static preview of your changes appears in the preview pane on the right side of the screen. (see screenshot above)

D) To preview the DVD menu and see how it looks, click on Preview. Click on OK when you’re done previewing the DVD. (see screenshot below)

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E) When done making changes, click on Change Text to save the text changes and to return to the previous page. (see screenshot below step 9B)

10. To Customize the DVD Menu Style

A) Click on Customize menu on the toolbar. (see screenshot below step 8)

B) Now do one or more of the following below that you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

  • Click the Font box, and then select a font.
  • Click the Font Color (A), Bold (B), or Italic (I) buttons to select the font color and formatting for your DVD menu text.
  • If you select a menu style with both foreground and background video options, near the Foreground video box, click Browse, locate the video or picture that you want to appear in the foreground, and then click Add.
  • To have a picture or video appear as the background for the main DVD menu, near the Background video box, click Browse, locate the video or picture that you want to appear in the background, and then click Add.
  • If you want music to play while the DVD menu is displayed, near the Menu audiobox, click Browse, locate the audio file (such as an MP3 or WMA file) that you want to use, and then click Add.
  • Click the Scenes button styles box, and then select the shape for the scenes buttons on your DVD.

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C) To preview the DVD menu and see how it looks, click on Preview. Click on OK when you’re done previewing the DVD. (see screenshot below 9D)

D) When done making changes, click on Change Style to save your changes and to return to the previous page. (see screenshot above)

11. To Choose the Settings for a Slide Show on the DVD

A) Click on Slide show on the toolbar. (see screenshot below step 8)

B) Now do one or more of the following below that you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

  • Click Add music, find the music files (such as MP3 or WMA files) that you want to use, and then click Add. Depending on the length and settings for the slide show, you might want to add additional music. To do so, add another music file.
  • If you added more than one audio file and you want to change the order in which the music files play in the slide show, click an audio file that you want to move, and then click Move up or Move down.
  • To remove an audio file from the list, in the Music for slide show list, select the audio file, and then click Remove.
  • To make the slide show and music last the same amount of time, select theChange slide show length to match music length check box. The amount of time each picture displays is shown next to Picture length.
  • To specify the duration for each picture to display in the slide show, clear theChange slide show length to match music length check box (if it’s selected), and then click the amount of time (in seconds) in the Picture length list for each picture to display.
  • To choose the kind of transition you want to use between pictures, select a transition type from the Transition box.
  • To add pan and zoom effects to the pictures you include in your slide show, clickUse pan and zoom effects for pictures.

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C) If you want to see the slide show as it will appear when you play your DVD, clickPreview, and then click the slide show. Click OK when you’re done previewing. (see screenshot below step 9D)

D) When done making changes, click on Change Slide Show to save your changes and to return to the previous page. (see screenshot above)

12. To Save your Windows DVD Maker Project
NOTE: This will allow you to save this current Windows DVD Maker project as a msdvd file that you can open in step 4A above to either finish the project later, make more changes, or burn another DVD using this project. You can also do this at any point while creating your project.

A) Click on File and Save as. (see screenshot below)

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B) Navigate to where you want to save your project at, type in a name for your project, then click on Save. (see screenshot below)

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13. To Burn your DVD -

A) If you have not already, place a blank DVD in your DVD drive. If the AutoPlay opens, you can just close it.

B) Click on the Burn button at the bottom right corner. (see screenshot below)

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C) You will now see this below. The time it takes to burn your DVD depends on a few things, such as the amount of video you added to the DVD, your computer system resources, as well as your DVD burner.

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D) When it’s finished burning your DVD, you can do one or more of the following below that you would like to do. (see screenshot below):

  • To make another copy of the current DVD, remove the burned DVD, insert a new recordable DVD, and then click Make another copy of this DVD.
  • To close the page, click Close.

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14. When done, close Windows DVD Maker.

That’s it,
Shawn

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