Windows DVD Maker and Its Alternatives
Summary: Here in this article, we will give you an introduction to Windows DVD Maker and share some wonderful Windows DVD Maker alternatives.
- • Burn videos into DVD discs/ISO files/folders
- • Process all sorts of videos from streaming websites, camera, etc.
- • Create a DVD menu with various templates support
- • User-friendly and easy-to-use
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Have upgraded your Windows Vista/7 to Windows 8/10 and found there is no Windows DVD maker? What happened? And how can I burn videos to DVDs now?
Don’t worry. Though Windows DVD Maker is removed from Windows 8 and Windows 10, there are still many other ways or Windows DVD Creators for you to convert videos to DVDs on Windows Vista/7/8/10. Here in this article, we will give you an introduction to Windows DVD Maker and share some wonderful Windows DVD Maker alternatives suan as DVDFab DVD Maker.
Part 1: Windows DVD Maker
Windows DVD Maker is a free DVD authoring tool developed and released by Microsoft for users to burn videos and slideshows to DVDs that can be played on a DVD player. Windows DVD Maker is built in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista and also in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. It can not only do the basic job of creating DVDs from videos, but also provides some advanced features for customizing DVD menus, adding background music, etc. It is well-received for its approachability and simplicity. The major features are as follows:
1. Burn videos in Microsoft formats like AVI, WMV, ASF, MPEG, and more to DVD discs.
2. Create Slideshow from pictures and burn it to a DVD disc.
3. Contain 20+ animated menu templates and 10+ frame templates for users to customize DVD menus.
4. Add transition effects and music to Slideshows.
How to convert videos to a DVD with Windows DVD Maker?
Step 1: Run Windows DVD Maker and import the video files you want to convert. Arrange the playback order of the videos.
Step 2: Define the disc title, and click “options” to choose the playback settings, aspect ratio, video format, burner speed and location.
Step 3: Customize and add menu to your DVD.
Step 4: Insert a blank DVD to your optical drive and click the “Burn” button to start the process of burning your videos to a DVD disc.
Windows DVD Maker may be a good DVD burning tool for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to some degree, but some users may have found that it is not fast enough and it supports limited video formats. For example, it is unable to burn videos in MP4, FLV, MKV, 3PG and WRAP to DVDs. And also, the DVD maker has been removed from Windows 8 for unknown reason, and Microsoft has officially announced that Windows DVD Maker isn’t supported on Windows 10. Considering all of these, now it’s time to throw away Windows DVD maker and embrace a more powerful DVD creator/burner that can be used not only on Windows Vista and Windows 7 but also on Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Part 2: The Best Alternatives of Windows DVD Maker
1. DVDFab DVD Creator
DVDFab DVD Creator is the best alternative of Windows DVD Maker. It is a modern windows DVD burning software program that comes with a sleek and intuitive interface that is easy to be learned by people from all ages. You can simply drag and drop the video file to the main interface, click the “wrench” icon to customize your settings and click the “Start” button to start the process of burning your videos to a DVD. Except for DVD discs (DVD-9, DVD-5, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL), it can also burn all kinds of videos downloaded from internet or recorded by camcorders to DVD folders and ISO files easily and quickly.
Thanks to its support to multi-threading, multi-core CPUs and the newest hardware acceleration technology, it features an amazingly fast burning speed, which can convert or burn videos to DVDs in a few minutes. Though the conversion speed is fast, DVDFab still can ensure you a smooth conversion process and output DVDs with excellent video/audio quality.
This Windows DVD maker also offers a wide range of beautiful menu templates, which allows you to customize your DVD menu freely. If you cannot find one you like from the templates, you can add a picture from your computer to set it as your menu background.
Supported Platform: Windows 10/8/7/Vista, macOS 10.7- 10.13.
DVDStyler is a free and open source Windows DVD Maker that can be used to create professional-looking and playable DVDs. All the common video formats like AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, OGG, etc. and some rare formats are supported by DVDStyler. It also comes with many menu templates that enables you to design your own DVD menu. Moreover, there are also extra features like add multiple subtitles and audio tracks, create photo slideshow, etc. However, it is not as fast as DVDFab DVD Creator and can only convert videos to DVD discs. As a free DVD maker, it has been discontinued for a few years, so you may be unable to get necessary support when you meet some problems.
3. DVD Flick
DVD Flick is a simple but a powerful Windows DVD burner that has the ability to convert the video files to DVDs that can be played on a DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. It allows you to add additional audio tracks and subtitles. The DVD maker provides a small number of menu templates for you to add a DVD menu, but it lacks some options to customize and design your own DVD menu. Its interface is clear and straight forward, so you can learn how to use it quickly. It is a completely free DVD authoring tool that doesn’t contain any adware and spyware. The Windows DVD Maker alternative can be used on Windows Vista/7/8/10.
If you also want to a Windows Blu-ray maker to create Blu-rays from videos, you can click Top 8 Best Blu-ray Burning Software to have a look.