Create DVDs easily with DVD Flick

21 02 2010

Imagine you have a bunch of videofiles that you’d like to play on a standalone DVD player -with a nice menu of course. Well, in that case, DVD Flick is definitely worth while considering, not just because it is extremely simple, versatile, powerful but also because it is open source -oh joy!

A sober interface, but that's ok -sober's good.

On their website, it says “DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.”

The modus operandi is fairly simple: if you want to create a DVD, you just add all the videofiles to your project -DVD Flick supports over 60 video formats and 40 audio formats so it’s not very likely you’ll run into problems here. If they’re available, you can also add subtitles and/or additional audiostreams. If you want to get your DVD fast you probably won’t need to dive deep in the project settings -with the target bitrate set to auto-fit, the default options are quite ok.

Fancy menu designs!

Creating a menu is as easy as falling off a log: you just click on Menu settings and you choose a fancy design. If you don’t like any of the preset designs, then you can always create your own but you’d have to download an additional tool.

The project settings

Before you actually burn your DVD it’s not a bad idea to have a look at the project settings -you don’t want to end up with an NTSC if you’re in Europe, for one. By default DVD Flick will create 4.3 Gb DVDs, but if you want to burn a double layer, then it’s just a matter of selecting it in the target size pulldown menu.

If you’re ready with everything, hit the Create DVD button to export the DVD to an ISO or to burn it straight onto a DVD.

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