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Create and Author DVDs in Windows 7

If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7 you might be wondering what app to get for making DVD’s. Windows DVD Maker is already included, and lets you author a DVD quickly with custom menus, scene selections, or add your digital photos with music.

Windows DVD Maker

Go to Start \ Windows DVD Maker to launch the application.

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DVD Maker starts up with a splash screen that you can prompt to not show in the future.

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Now simply add the videos and / or pictures you want to add to the DVD.

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You can set up different options for the DVD such as the playback and burner speed.

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Customize the DVD menu to add style to your video.

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If you’re making a slide show of your photos you can add music and customize the presentation.

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At anytime you can preview how the customizations and changes will look and sound before burning it to disc.

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It might not be as feature rich as experienced video authors would like, but if you need a neat way present your vacation or family photos it gets the job done. If you want more functionality in creating your own movies, you might want to download Movie Maker which is included in Windows Live Essentials.

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  • Published 10/30/09

Comments (6)

  1. jacob

    dvd in dvd in windows windos 7

  2. Kevin

    For the more advanced stuff, I prefer Adobe Encore. But as mentioned here, DVD maker gets the job done.

  3. 0zSpitt

    windows dvd maker and windows movie maker in windows 7 are 2 huge improvements from the previous versions.

  4. jsr

    Wondering if the Windows 7 version will handle mp4 files (vista doesn’t). Anyone have any ideas?

  5. Akshay

    Is this basically the same as the Vista one?

  6. Mike M

    Using Windows 7 DVD maker. Got it all done and trying to burn the DVD. It gets to 98.9% finished and craps out. Says it can’t finish the burn. the preview works fine. I have checked my system to make sure it’s seeing the device and that I have the latest driver. Windows suggests slowing down the burning speed, which I did as well. I am using DVD – R disks which I know are good and worked in a Mac with Apple’s default program. Also any way to copy the pics to a thumb drive so I can just burn on the MAC?

    Any ideas?

    Thanks – Mike

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