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Best Free DVD Authoring Software

 
Introduction

DVD Authoring software is used to create digital video disks which can be played on a DVD player. If you have videos of birthday parties, farewell celebrations, Christmas events, singing, dancing, playing pranks and all your beloved memories that are hiding on your video cameras, mini disks, VHS cassettes, tapes, etc, think of using this software to transfer them to DVDs, which are a good alternative for a low-cost storage device for playing back on a DVD player and sharing with your relatives and friends.

Now without needing to edit these videos one by one on your video editing software, you could use DVD authoring software that lets you create and burn videos with interactive menus in various templates, split videos into chapters for easier navigation, add subtitles and audio tracks to these menus, cut scenes from videos and even create photo slideshows with considerable ease.

You could also use powerful video editing software to edit and save your videos and then only use DVD authoring software to import them for adding menus, chapters and the like before burning into DVDs.

 
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Discussion

DVD FlickDVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.

  • Burn virtually any video file to DVD
  • Support for over 45 file formats
  • Support for over 60 video codecs
  • Support for over 40 audio codecs
  • Easily add a menu
  • Add your own subtitles
  • Easy to use interface
  • Burn your project to disc after encoding
  • Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitations.

I burned my first DVD movie and it was a complete success. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was.

 

Other DVD authoring freeware to be reviewed:

  • Bombono DVD, a cross-platform DVD authoring program accepting mp4, mov, mkv, avi and other video formats, with motion menus and subtitles support. The Linux version is free. The Windows version comes in with a commercial edition and a free edition with limited features.
  • DVD Author Plus, create DVD video discs, read and convert most common video formats to DVD, together with other features such as burn data discs, duplicate CD/DVDs, backup CD/DVD in ISO format and create CDs and DVDs from an ISO file.
  • DeVeDe for Linux is an open source program to create video DVDs and CDs (VCD, SVCD or CVD) from any number of video files including mpeg, mpeg4, avi, asf, YouTube and Google flash videos, wmv, ogg, etc.
  • Koyote Video to DVD - I had not expected this program to be much use but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very good. It allows you to build a menu, choose a background, rename individual titles, and other settings. Does the job well.
  • DVD Styler - "A a cross-platform DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus". Note: Opt to download the portable version which is free of bundled software, otherwise take great care during the installation process.
 
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DVD Flick
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
A simple yet powerful DVD authoring tool, burn virtually any video file to DVD, supports many file formats and av codecs, easily add a menu, own subtitles.
http://www.dvdflick.net/
1.3.0.7
13 MB
Open source freeware
Windows 2000 to Windows 7

View the changelog here

 
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by Unbravewintermute on 6. January 2014 - 23:40  (113432)

I think it's worth noting that a fork DVD Flick has been made by new developer and includes many fixes and updates. The original developer seems to have abandoned it. Info: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdflick-v2/ and here http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVD-Flick.

by Anupam on 7. January 2014 - 8:24  (113441)

Thanks a lot for this information :).

by BrollyLSSJ on 1. December 2013 - 9:26  (112665)

You do not need to review DVD Author Plus as it seems that it is payware now.

by Anupam on 1. December 2013 - 9:42  (112666)

Thanks. Now removed.

by CyberWolf64 on 30. October 2013 - 21:18  (111902)

Also, in this category, STAY AWAY from Sothinks Free DVD tool as it (the free version) will put an ad after EVERY chapter stating the DVD was authored using it.
Appears only their PAY version is worth anything.

by CyberWolf64 on 23. October 2013 - 16:23  (111699)

NOTE:
To the site editor, according to the info at the site linked for DeVeDe the Windows version is NO LONGER SUPPORTED or UPDATED.
So, you may want to remove it from list.

See:
http://www.majorsilence.com/devede

by Jojo Yee on 24. October 2013 - 0:39  (111708)

Thanks CyberWolf64 for the info. The list is now updated.

by CJBas on 29. July 2013 - 0:09  (109718)

DVDFlick has a problem when creating a DVD in NTSC from a PAL source. It gets the picture and audio well out of sync; not just by seconds but by minutes. Other drawbacks are that it won't create chapters and is VERY slow. DVDStyler is far superior, more versatile, and much faster and more dependable. DVDStyler is better than some programs of only a few years ago that cost $30 and upwards.

by joezitti on 2. March 2013 - 20:27  (105898)

I installed DVD Flick 1.3.0.7 build 738 and it worked one time. Now I get an error while I try to open it. 'number 339: Component 'com232.ocx' or one of its dependencies not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid Last DLL error:0

I have uninstalled it cleaned my registry and reinstalled it and still get the same error. Running Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit, AMD x2 RM-72.

ANY IDEAS????

by mathman on 3. March 2013 - 17:09  (105909)

I had similar problems with this software on my laptop running win 7 home 64 bit. They have a contact page http://www.dvdflick.net/contact.php Most of these freeware software writers are responsive. Give them a try.
mathman

by joezitti on 27. March 2013 - 16:53  (106579)

Flick works fine on my desktop Win 7 Home, AMMD, 64bit but I found that if I open it as ADM on the laptop it works fine,no error. As long as it works I am happy.

by crkrjak2001 on 21. January 2013 - 14:24  (104704)

Just tried DVDStyler on Windows Vista. It initially tried to install some spyware toolbar, but I caught it in time. Tried to run it in compatibility mode and it refused to work. I was trying to convert some VOB files to DVD. Uninstalling it was good, as Revo Uninstaller assured me there wasn't any traces left behind.Going to try DVD Flick next.
EDIT: Installed DVD Flick. Interesting to see it installed ImgBurn as well. Couldn't figure out how to get the .VOB files inserted. Help menu popped open a website with instructions. I tried to add the VOB files, but it didn't see them listed under all video files. I changed it to view all files "*.*" and selected the 5 VOB files to make my ISO. The program proceeded to select only 3 of the 5 files, saying the other two weren't usable. This was under WinXP compatibility mode. Pleased to see no spyware tried to install and again Revo Uninstaller assured me no traces left behind. Might have to find the copy of Nero that came with my computer.

by cohjef on 30. December 2012 - 21:47  (104109)

DVDFlick Does Not Support WMV version 9 Audio Format

Just a note for other users:
I tried using DVDFlick with a Windows Media version 9 video file, and I got a message* saying that this version is not supported. This is confirmed on the DVDFlick website (http://www.dvdflick.net/features.php)with the footnote "** Windows Media 9 is still experimental" by the WMV format in the Supported Video Codecs section.

* The entire message is, "The audio format 'Windows Media Audio Professional v9' in file .wmv is currently unsupported. It will not be added to the project."

by Isis4 on 30. December 2012 - 10:25  (104102)

I really loved DVD Styler when I used it on my old XP, but on my new Windows 7 64 bit it's not working for me at all. It may be an issue with the newer version. I don't know what version I used on my old computer. I tried two of the most recent versions (a couple of months ago by now since I gave up on it). No matter what I do, every video but one has come out in PAL format, even though I had all the settings at NTSC. When it works, it's the program I've found to allow me to be the most creative with the menus.

DVD Flick's menus suck. No really. They do. There's not much creativity possible unless you know how to play with the code. You can add a photo, but you have to figure out which folder to add it to and use one of the other menu's names. The menus it comes with are all really ugly, and when I play a video, my DVD player thinks the audio menu is the root menu. I haven't found a better program so far, so this is the program I'm using at the moment, but I miss my DVD Styler.

I just tried Koyote's Video to DVD and the menu was not quite as customizable as DVD Styler, but nowhere near as rigid as DVD Flick. Trouble is that it just plain didn't work. It wouldn't recognize that there was a DVD in the drive, so refused to burn to it. I tried creating VOB and IFO files, in the hopes I could burn them with Imgburn, but it just created MPEGs of the videos then generated an error for the menu.

Also, WOT seems to be under the impression that Koyote software is malware. I'm not a fan of WOT's rating system, but when it talks about actual threats it's pretty helpful. I'm not sure though if this rating is just because it's pushy about a toolbar, like so many free programs are nowadays. But it's something to keep in mind. I've uninstalled it, since it just wasn't working.

To me, menus are vital. If I just want to burn one movie, I'll use Imgburn. But for more than one video, menus really are a key ingredient.

by Isis4 on 29. April 2013 - 15:09  (107372)

Well, DVD Flick used to be my go to program to author DVDs, but all of a sudden it has stopped working. Literally from one day to another. Now it generates an error 53 when it generates the menus.

I've looked online, and a lot of people seemed to get past this problem when they ran the program as an administrator. Tried that, but the same error occurred again. There is no contact information at the DVD Flick contact page, and the forum appears to be permanently offline. I suspect this program has been abandoned by its developer.

I've since found the suggestion to go back to a previous version of DVD Flick, that the last version, 1.3.0.7, often crashes. So I went back to the previous version, 1.3.0.6, and now it's working like a charm again. I found the previous versions here: http://www.downloadoldversion.com/dvd-flick.html

by retiredbri on 30. October 2012 - 12:40  (101595)

Hi everyone - I've read the comments here over and over - my head hurts.
I'm new to DVD authoring and the Roxio DE 10.3 (Dell version) does not burn DVDs
I always used Pinnacle Studio and it works fine for me and makes MPEG1 and MPEG2 files without a problem.

I film bike racing and have, at the end of the year, 6 mpeg2 files, one for each event.
I want to author a DVD to have all 6 files and then burn it.

Having never done it before, it seems that DVD Styler (ISO) output and Burnawarefree would be ok for a newbee.

Key points: files are already edited and in MPEG2 format not VOB
and amateur (ref comment KL- Oxford "Devede comes unstuck is when I am making a DVD from an amateur")

Your views would be welcomed

regards

by Roderunner on 6. August 2012 - 12:20  (97284)

I had been using Freemake Video Converter to burn to DVD.
I'm now back to using DVDStyler Portable, as the latest version does not cause my CPU to run at 100% when finished.
P.S. I only allow DVDStyler to create an ISO then ImgBurn does the burning. Satisfaction guaranteed.

by aemi on 14. March 2012 - 23:15  (90627)

Thanks for the article.

DVD Styler crashes frequently but once in a while gets the job done.

DeVeDe got stuck a few times and did not complete the job.

DVD Flick crashed a few times and did not complete the job. I love the interface of the DVD Flick.

Adobe encoder got stuck too.

I am running Windows 7-32 bit.

by aemi on 19. March 2012 - 18:28  (90843)

Bombono DVD does the job every time, no crash, but it's super slow, DVDStyler used to do it in 1.5 hours Bombono does it in 3 hours. It's using all my available cores.

by KL- Oxford (not verified) on 4. February 2012 - 2:17  (88263)

In the past I have tried a number of DVD making programs.

"AVS to DVD" took forever and wasn't always successful.
"DVD Sytler" always crashed my computer after the first few steps.

Favc never worked properly.

DVD Flick for a while produced DVD's with audio out of sync..... although they seem to have resolved this issue now.

The best one I find is DeveDe, It's simple to use once you get use to to it, and generally pretty quick......around half the time as the other programs I have used.......and the great thing is there are hardly any errors, the only time Devede comes unstuck is when I am making a DVD from an amateur rather than a professional source....i.e a home movie vs feature film.
This is where my back up DVD Flick program betters Devede.......it can handle the amateur stuff better than Devede.

That said though Devede is STILL my go to program, and I use Image Burn to burn the DVDs.......I've made lots of DVDs from Devede and have yet to have a coaster!
Devede can create Video Ts files or Iso files, whichever you prefer and the file size is usually much smaller than other programs with no loos in picture or audio quality.

I've now ditched all the previously mentioned programs and only use Devede and DVD Flick.

DVD Flick gets a solid 7/10

Devede gets an almighty 9/10

KL Oxford

by rhplace on 24. June 2013 - 15:46  (108703)

Just tried the most recent version of DVD Flick (version 1.3.0.7) and found the audio is often still out of sync. That issue (a big one for me) along with the limited template selection makes this a much less preferred program. I have switched to DVD Styler. It's encoding is fast, it's more customizable, the menus are cleaner (in my opinion) and I've not had any issues with audio/video sync.

I give DVD Flick a 6/10.
DVD Styler is a solid 8/10.

I have not tried Devede or any others as of yet.

by maf (not verified) on 15. September 2012 - 20:50  (99311)

Devede will not even start after install. A popup states errors occurred. The errors are dll problems.

by Jim Van Damme (not verified) on 20. January 2012 - 16:46  (87482)

Bombono FTW! http://www.bombono.org/cgi-bin/wiki/

I'm running LinuxMint Debian, it was in the repository (but hard to find, just search by name), installed in a click and runs like a champ. I had a short MP4 movie to burn and without reading the instructions, transcoded and burned it perfectly.

by Anupam on 20. January 2012 - 19:31  (87494)

Thanks for the feedback. Good to know it works well. I had suggested it a few months back. It has a commercial version though, and compared to commercial version, the features are very less. Still, for home use, it should be sufficient.

by Roderunner on 10. October 2011 - 14:13  (81191)

Be very cautious when using DVDStyler, When finished successfully or not. your pc's CPU will keep running at maximum till the program is closed.
My top pick is DeVeDe, takes only a few minutes to set, but an hour or more to learn. Well worth the effort & cpu goes to normal when its done.

by pbouthil on 8. October 2011 - 1:35  (81079)

I would have to agree with most of the posts that DVD Flick has an audio/video sync problem. If that were to get fixed then I would give DVD Flick another try. I have used both DeVeDe and DVD Styler. The only problem that I saw with DeVeDe was that you are only able to add PNG images to the background. No other image format. I have been using DVD Styler for quite some time now and have been very satisfied.

by Olletram1 (not verified) on 23. October 2011 - 16:45  (81996)

@pbouthil. If you have any type of picture editing program, like microsoft picture it, you can save any picture to .png format. I use this quite often to meld to pictures into one png picture, so as to burn 2 video files to 1 DVD. works perfectly.

by pbouthil on 6. October 2011 - 22:52  (81026)

Please look at and test DVD Author Plus 2.28 as a candidate.

http://www.deskshare.com/dvd-authoring-burning-software.aspx

by Rebel1 (not verified) on 20. November 2011 - 14:57  (83596)

Fairly easy to use, but:
1. Can't save a project.
2. Can't add title menu that displays content of disc and allows choice of which video to start playing. When the disc is inserted, it immediately starts playing from the beginning.
3. The Skip to Next Track doesn't work. All I see on the TV is a red circle with a red slash across it. The fastest way to get to the next track is by going into the Fast Forward mode. At the end of the current track, the next one will start at normal playing speed. Good luck if you want to go directly to track 15, for example.

by KL- Oxford (not verified) on 5. February 2012 - 15:15  (88351)

Rebel try my pick Devede.....simple use and very quick.
Devede gives you the choice of whether you want the disc to play straight away on insertion or not along with a host of other Menu options should you require them.
Devede has no problem with "Next Track" implementation either.

Devede is the best bar none........It's my go to DVD program.