Windows 7 DVD Maker : Creates a perfect Digital Gift

Windows 7 comes with an awesome program called as Windows DVD maker. Its just heart throbbing application if you want to use it for making home video, digital album of kids picture or gift your wife collection of all videos and pictures you both had spent together.

Summary :

This application lets you add movies, pictures and then with allows you to customize it with your own text, DVD movies like preview and play  background songs timed by you and the last step is to burn it down on a DVD and gift wrap it. 😀

Windows 7 DVD Maker

Windows 7 DVD Maker

Where do you find Windows DVD maker ?

  • Click on Start Menu
  • Type in Windows DVD Maker and it should roll up.

How to use Windows DVD maker ?

Its probably the simplest application you would have seen to create home videos and digital cd of photographs.  As soon as you run the program it launches a wizard which takes you throw series of steps providing options which you can use it to customize at your will.

Step 1 : Add Pictures and Videos

  • Click on Add items and browse to add your pictures and home videos.
  • Rearrange them in order. First is played first, simple.
  • Give DVD a proper title. Dont make it look ugly with a date on it.
  • Select a DVD burner if you have more then one.
Add videos and pictures to your album

Add videos and pictures to your album

Step 2 : Set up the options

See the options link at right bottom ? This is pretty much important, as it gives you options to

  • Select DVD playback options
  • DVD aspect ratio
  • Video format
  • and Burner Speed
Set up DVD Playback options and aspect ratio

Set up DVD Playback options and aspect ratio

Second section of it is the compatibility mode.  In case your DVD doesnt playback well or creates a filter problem, this is the right place where you can choose to disable it for Windows DVD maker.

Set up right compatibility mode by disabling filters

Set up right compatibility mode by disabling filters

After you are done with these, its time you got to work wround creating styles in next step

Step 3 : Creating Styles

Creating good stuff is a waste if you cannot present it well. You dont want a garbage of junk showing of your DVD titles. It should be personalized depending on what video and pictures you are adding and to whom you are giving it to.

Select a beautiful menu which acts like a previewer of your DVD, it shows up the moment when the DVD gets inserted. It has options right from Baby blue to Collage preview to Hollywood style.

DVD Menu style

DVD Menu style

Step 4 : Customizing Menu text , Menu Style and Adding little music.

Look at the menu which is right above the preview. You can customize the menu text to say something which you had always wanted, customize menu with foregorund and background video, customize menu buttons with your style of text.

DVD Menu text

DVD Menu text

DVD Style creator

DVD Style creator

Once done this comes teh best part. Lets say you got whole bunch of pictures which would run like a slide show and you know how boring it can be when you just keep watching it for long. So what do you do ? Add some light music which keeps on changing as the slide goes. Schedule it well to give it a dramatic affects accoording to pictures and you will love the reaction of the person who sees it.

Add music to DVD

Add music to DVD slideshow

And you are done. Just hit to burn it and you will get an awesome home video with your own fun pictures and video moments which makes a perfect gift for your dear and near ones. Hat Tip Online Tech Tips


About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

One comment

  1. hi, i’ve used dvd maker, but once i try to playback the dvd on various dvd players, it only shows the top half of the picture, like it’s on zoom or something. i’ve tried changing the dvd writer aspect, and the aspect settings on my t.v’s but to no avail. any help???

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