DVD authoring is the process of creating a DVD capable of being played in a DVD player. There are a plethora of programs out there to use for DVD authoring of free production music, all having a variety of different features and price points. The following are our Top 5 free DVD authoring programs:
DVD Styler allows you to create custom menus and burn DVDs in one easy to use program. It operates on both Windows and Linux operating systems.
DVD Flick is very similar to DVD Styler. It allows you to create menus, subtitles and burn DVDs. It is easy to use and supports practically all file formats and codecs. DVD Flick is only available for Windows computers.
If you’re a Mac user, this is the ultimate DVD authoring tool for you. It comes free on most Macs with the iLife suite. The program is intuitive and offers a wide variety of menu templates and themes. For more information on using iDVD, check out our tutorial.
If you’re on a Windows computer, you might not even have to consider downloading a DVD authoring program since many PCs now come with Windows DVD Maker pre-installed. It works directly with Windows Movie Maker, and much like iDVD, offers multiple themes and menus to choose from. Note, however, that this is typically only included with premium versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you don’t have the premium version, this might not be an option for you.
StarBurn allows you to burn content to CD, DVD, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD. It comes with a step by step wizard to walk you through the authoring process, so it is a great tool for the first time user. There is also a more advanced version of this software available for just $25.