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DVD Authoring Tools Roundup

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This short guide spotlights a few DVD authoring tools, giving the pros and cons for each.


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Nero Vision 4

Nero Vision 4

Nero Vision 4 is included in the Nero Ultra edition, a collection of commercial software from Nero.

Pros:

  • Relatively easy to use
  • Relatively cheap, when you consider the total value of the Nero Ultra package
  • Supports Blu-ray and HDAVC authoring
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 support

Cons:

  • Does not support making 16:9 anamorphic DVDs
  • Will always re-encode input video even if it is already DVD compliant (and will fit within the project size)
  • Does not support DTS audio


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TMPGEnc DVD Author 3

TMPGEnc DVD Author 3

TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 is a commercial application (trial version available), and it also includes DivX Authoring.

Pros:

  • Can make 16:9 DVDs
  • Supports DivX authoring
  • Will not re-encode source material if it is DVD compliant and within the project size limit

Cons:

  • Somewhat confusing user interface
  • Dumbed down compared to previous TMPGEnc DVD Author versions
  • Does not support DTS audio
  • Only supports Dolby Stereo output


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Cyberlink PowerProducer 4

Cyberlink PowerProducer 4

Cyberlink PowerProducer 4 is a commercial application (trial version available), and it also includes DivX Authoring.

Pros:

  • Can make Blu-ray and HD DVDs
  • Can make 16:9 DVDs

Cons:

  • Somewhat confusing user interface
  • Does not support multiple audio tracks
  • Does not have subtitle support
  • Does not support DTS audio
  • Only supports Dolby Stereo and PCM audio
  • Will always re-encode input video even if it is already DVD compliant (and will fit within the project size)


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DVD Flick

DVD Flick

DVD Flick is an free open source DVD authoring tool, designed to make really simply (menu-less) DVDs.

Pros:

  • Easiest way to turn AVI and other video files into DVDs
  • You can't beat the price!

Cons:

  • Contains some bugs
  • Does not support menus
  • Long encoding time


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ConvertXtoDVD

ConvertXtoDVD

DVD Flick is a shareware DVD authoring tool, designed to make really simply DVDs with basic menus. It is similar in nature to DVD Flick, but with a few less rough edges.

Pros:

  • Very good AVI and other video files into DVDs functionality
  • Cheap price
  • Will make simple menus unlike DVD Flick
  • Supports wide variety of inputs

Cons:

  • Menu produced are very simple, very little room for customization


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DVD-Lab

DVD-Lab

DVD-Lab is a shareware DVD authoring package that is available in both standard and Pro versions. The standard version is aimed at new users who are somewhat experienced in using video tools, while the Pro version is semi-professional in usability and professional in terms of features.

Pros:

  • Low price relative to features
  • Author practically any kind of DVD, including ones with 8 channel audio, Dolby/DTS support, subtitles ...

Cons:

  • High price compared to "home" DVD authoring tools (but offset by more advanced set of features)
  • Pro version aimed at advanced users, so not as accessible as other "home" DVD authoring packages


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Other Packages

There are many other packages that are also worthy of consideration. Sonic Scenarist is a professional level authoring package used to produce many of the DVDs you buy in the shops. The high price and complexity of usage will put off home users though. Another package worthy of consideration, if not for the high price, is Sony's Vegas+DVD professional authoring tool. There is also Ulead DVD Movie Factor, the free Video DVD Maker, DeVeDe for Linux, Roxio DVDit Pro, Womble MPEG Video Wizard DVD and many others ...