Making Video DVDs and Movies10
Windows Vista is the first version of Windows with built-in support for burning
DVDs. As you’ve seen in earlier chapters, you can use these features to create data
DVDs in Windows Media Player and Windows Photo Gallery. If you are running the
Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate edition, you can also use these features
to create video and movie DVDs using Windows DVD Maker and Windows Movie
The differences between Windows DVD Maker and Windows Movie Maker mostly
have to do with your level of involvement and the level of customization you want.
With Windows DVD Maker, your video DVDs can have digital-picture slide shows
with soundtracks, and digital videos that include their own soundtracks. When you
add pictures and videos, Windows DVD Maker handles most of the background
tasks for you so that you can produce video DVDs with minimal fuss. In fact, you
can design a full-featured video DVD complete with title, menu, soundtrack, pan
and zoom motion for your picture slide shows, and notes, all in just a few minutes.
If you want more than the essentials, you will need to use Windows Movie Maker.
With Windows Movie Maker, you have full control over every aspect of movie produc-
tion. You can create movies using digital pictures and videos. To create professional-
looking movies, you can add titles, effects, transitions, and credits. Your movies can
also have soundtracks that combine narration, music, and other types of audio. A
finished movie, however, is not a finished DVD production. Therefore, after you pro-
duce your movie, you’ll have to use Windows DVD Maker to create a finished DVD
So there you have it—two ways to create video DVDs with two different
approaches. One allows you to produce finished DVDs. The other is a movie
maker with enough added production capabilities to please even the most ardent
recreational video producer.