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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Quick Selection Guide

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.

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