How to Burn Flip Videos and Pictures to DVDs with Windows DVD Maker - dummies

How to Burn Flip Videos and Pictures to DVDs with Windows DVD Maker

By Joe Hutsko, Drew Davidson

Burning a copy of your movie or photo slideshows to a DVD disc enables you to create a disc you can give or send to another person, who can then enjoy your movie on their computer TV. Windows DVD Maker is included with Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions, as well as with Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.

If your version of Windows doesn’t come with Windows DVD Maker, consider purchasing a DVD-burning program, upgrading to Windows 7.

To burn DVDs using Windows DVD Maker or another DVD-burning program, you need a PC with a DVD drive that can write to DVD. If your Windows computer’s DVD drive can’t write to DVD, you can purchase an external DVD drive that’s capable of burning DVD, or you can transfer your DVD project to another PC to create your DVD.

To burn a movie file to a DVD using Windows DVD Maker, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Windows DVD Maker by choosing Start, Programs, Windows DVD Maker.

    The Windows DVD Maker program welcome window appears.

  2. Click “Choose Photos and Videos.”

    The Add Pictures and Video to the DVD window appears.

    The Add Pictures and Video to the DVD window.

  3. Click the “Add Items” button to open the “Add Items to DVD” dialog box, and then navigate to the folder containing your video or picture file (or files).

    Video files you previously copied from your Flip to your PC using FlipShare are stored in the My Videos, FlipShare Data, Videos folder, which you can find in your Home folder.

  4. Click the video or picture file icon you want to add to your DVD, and then click the Add button.

    To select more than one file icon, hold down the Control key and then click each file icon you want to add to your DVD.

    Your selected file (or files) appears in the “Add Pictures and Video to the DVD” window.

  5. (Optional) Add, delete, or rearrange your video files or picture Slideshow folders and files in the “Add Pictures and Video to the DVD” window.

  6. (Optional) Double-click the date in the DVD Title text field and type a name for your DVD that’s more interesting and descriptive than the boring default name already filled in for you.

  7. (Optional) Click the Options link in the bottom-right corner to open the DVD options window, and then click any options you want to change.

    Click the “How Do I Change My DVD Settings?” link to open a help window to learn more about these options.

  8. Click Next to display the “Ready To Burn DVD” window.

  9. (Optional) Click and drag the scrollbar slider on the right edge of the window to browse different menu styles for your DVD. Click a style to select that style.

  10. (Optional) Click the “Menu Text,” “Customize Menu,” or “Slide Show” buttons to adjust or customize those elements for your DVD

    Playing around with these options is a blast because you see a preview of what any given option does without having to actually apply it unless you really want to.

  11. (Optional) Click the Preview button at any time to preview how your movie will appear when someone watches the DVD you create.

  12. Click Burn.

    A dialog box appears prompting you to insert a blank DVD.

  13. Insert a blank DVD into your computer’s DVD drive.

    If the “Windows AutoPlay” dialog box appears, click Close to close it.

    If a warning dialog box appears stating that your DVD already has content on it, click Yes if you want DVD Maker to overwrite any content on the disc with your new DVD movie, or click No if you want to eject the DVD and insert another DVD.

    A progress dialog box appears while Windows DVD Maker burns your movie file to disc, followed by another message dialog box that lets you know when your DVD is ready.