Burning DVD on Windows
Put any old video file – like videos encoded in DivX Xvid / you downloaded with BitTorrent – a DVD to play on your TV can be a daunting task. There are many software that forces this kind of thing for a price, but as a lover of open source software, free is always my first choice.
Fortunately for all, the creation of DVD to play almost all video files, it has become much easier in the open source community. This week will show how to record TV programs downloaded to a DVD can be played in your living room with the connection (as in speech), open source application, DVD Flick.
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In a few simple steps, here’s how to burn almost any video file on your computer to a playable DVD.
Step 1: Download and install DVD Flick
DVD Flick is a free tool, open source DVD creation that will take care of most of the work involved in DVD authoring. So thank the gods open source and go download it here.
To make a DVD that can be played on your DVD player, video files must be encoded in MPEG-2 format. What makes DVD Flick special (besides the fact that it is free) is responsible for all the necessary transcoding of your AVI, MPG, MOV and WMV (among others) in MPEG-2 format, then authors and burns DVD to all once – which means it is very easy for anyone to use.
Step 2: Configure the project settings
DVD Flick interface is very nonsense – everything you need to access is available to you through the 7 buttons on the toolbar. Before adding videos to your DVD project, let’s take a look at the settings and make sure that everything is as you wish.
Click the button called Project Settings. By default, you probably do not have to change anything, but I do not want to emphasize a few things.
The General tab lets you adjust the size of your target area (ie, the ability of your DVD). If you record on a DVD-R standard, you’ll want to keep the default 4.3GB. However, you can also set the size of the target on a dual layer DVD, Mini DVD, CD-R, or your own custom target size.
The Video tab allows you to define the format of your DVD player – whether the DVD should be NTSC or PAL-formatted. If you live in the United States, NTSC is your friend. Most of Europe and Asia, on the other hand, the PAL use. You can also set the drop-down coding quality profile encoding. If you feel that the quality of their DVDs of various authors, are not high enough, you can try to improve the quality and ensure the checkbox “encoding second pass” is checked. If you are more than satisfied with the quality, but want to speed up the encoding process, you can reduce the quality and get rid of the second pass encoding (you probably do not want to do this, but just in case it is not).
Also note, the Burning tab lets you set options for the final product. If you do not have a DVD on hand for combustion, for example, you can tell DVD Flick to create an ISO image that can easily be included in a DVD later in the use of a tool like ISO Recorder or ISOBurn.
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Step 3: Add titles to your DVD
As I said above, DVD Flick lets you add almost any type of video file to the DVD project. The best way is to open the folder containing your video files and drag and drop files to DVD Flick. The yellow bar on the left side of the application which shows the amount of space used. The amount of video that can fit on a DVD playable varies with the length and quality, so keep an eye on your space.
DVD Flick is quite meaningless at this point; you can not build fancy menu screens.  Instead, the DVD you create and save simply repeat each file as a chapter in the order that you add to the project by default. If you want to add chapters to individual video files, select the video / title and click Edit Title … and change the method of creating chapters. You can create chapter points every few minutes, creating a number of chapters per title, or leave your chapter free video.
Advanced users can add additional tracks (audio as comment) and subtitles in the edit menu title too.
Step 4: Create DVD
Before you begin, choose the directory that the transcoded files are saved in DVD Flick while working. You will need to have a unit with a good amount of space, so keep that in mind. You also want to consider so that you can remove these files after the process is completed in order not to end up with a hard drive full of pre-burned DVD.
Now that you have everything configured the way you want, click the Create DVD button. DVD Flick Now transcoding video files and DVD creation will start, while you sit and surf the Internet. If you’ve never done this before, you learn pretty quickly that video transcoding takes time and processor power.
If you do not want to eat DVD Flick precious CPU cycles while working on the computer, it is sometimes useful to keep this type of operation when away from the computer. Select the check box when it is completed and you can let DVD Flick do their business at night and turn off the computer when it is finished. Arriving the next morning, you are the parent of a newborn DVD writer!