Creating Video DVDs with Windows DVD Maker
When working with digital pictures, digital videos, and sounds, it is also important to
note that Windows DVD Maker works with files that are already in the proper for-
mats, and doesn’t include features for converting formats. Additionally, all the files
you want to use must be on your computer’s disk drive, on a data disc you’ve inserted
into your CD/DVD drive, or on a device with removable storage connected to your
computer. Although Windows DVD Maker can read music and other sound files from
a data disc, it doesn’t include features for ripping raw CD audio files from audio discs.
When you start working with Windows DVD Maker, you may notice that the program
works more like an extended wizard than a standalone program, and that’s because it’s
designed to help you through the steps involved in video production. The first time you
start Windows DVD Maker, you’ll see the page shown in Figure 10-1. This page intro-
duces Windows DVD Maker. Once you click “Choose Photos and Videos” to con-
tinue, you won’t see this page again unless you are using a new user account.
Windows DVD Maker has two main pages. The first page you see in Windows DVD
Maker is the “Add pictures and video to the DVD” page shown in Figure 10-2. You’ll
use this page to add items, set the play order, and configure the DVD burning and
When you click Next, you’ll see the “Ready to burn disc” page, which is shown in
Figure 10-3. On this page, you can customize the DVD menu style and text, as well
as set up your picture slide show and add an audio soundtrack. You can also pre-
view and burn your video from this page.
Using the options provided on these two pages, you create video DVDs by following
a series of prescribed steps. The basic steps are as follows:
1. Add your pictures and videos, and then set the play order.
2. Set the DVD burning and playback options.
3. Customize the DVD menu style and text.
4. Set up your picture slide show and add an audio soundtrack.
5. Preview and save your video project.
6. Burn your video.
I discuss tasks related to each step in the sections that follow.
Windows Media Audio/Video Professional .asf, .wm, .wmv
Recorded TV format
Microsoft Digital Video Recorder .dvr-ms
Table 10-1. File formats supported by Windows DVD Maker (continued)
File format/type File extensions