Chapter 10: Making Video DVDs and Movies
When deciding which aspect ratio to choose, consider who will be
playing your video and the type of screen she has. Although all moni-
tors and TVs can play videos recorded in either aspect ratio, your video
will look best when using the native format supported by the monitor
or TV. A widescreen video will look best on a widescreen monitor or
TV. A standard video will look best on a standard monitor or TV.
7. Under “Video format,” select either NTSC or PAL. If you are unsure which for-
mat to use, don’t change the default format because this is set based on the
Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel. You will need to change
the format only when you plan to share your video DVD with a friend who lives
in another country or region.
Video signals are broadcast using a standard format. NTSC is the stan-
dard format in North America and Japan. PAL is the standard format
for most of Europe. While there are other broadcast standards, such as
SECAM used in France and variations of PAL used in some European
countries, NTSC and PAL are the standard formats in widest use.
8. The “DVD burner speed” list is set by default to Fastest, allowing you to encode
the DVD at the fastest speed your DVD burner supports. The rated speed of the
DVDs you are using will largely determine your success when burning at faster
speeds. If you experience problems when burning DVDs at the fastest speed sup-
ported, try using a slower setting or discs rated for a higher burn speed. On some
DVDs, the top-rated burn speed is imprinted clearly as part of the label. On
other DVDs, you may have to look closely at the packaging or the small-print
lettering on the DVD itself.
9. By default, Windows DVD Maker creates a working version of the DVD in a
temporary folder within your profile. Because your profile is stored on the sys-
tem drive, which is typically the C: drive, this drive must have at least 5 GB of
available disk space when you are creating a single-sided single-layered DVD,
and 10 GB of available disk space when you are creating a single-sided double-
layered DVD. If you want to choose a folder on another drive for the temporary
files, click Browse and then use the Browse for Folder dialog box to select the
new folder to use.
10. Click OK to save your settings.