Would not it be great if the process of burning video files to DVD would be as easy as copying regular files on a data DVD? Freemake Video Converter makes that possible as it providing you with the means to burn any video file to a video DVD that you can watch on your television or other devices capable of playing DVD movies.
What makes this solution great in particular is the program's ease of use. You do not have to worry about video formats, resolutions, bitrates, audio formats or the DVD menu as it is all handled automatically by the program. All that you need to do is add the video files that you want to burn to the program, insert a blank DVD into the DVD writer, and hit the burn button to get started.
Before we start with the guide I'd like you to pay good attention to the installation of the software. The installer will present two offers to you during the installation which will install third party software on your system if you do not uncheck the options. If you do not pay attention, you will end up with Nitro PDF Reader, a new browser toolbar, and a changed homepage and default search provider. Just uncheck the options if you are not interested in them. If you want to reward the developers of the software, you can alternatively make a donation to them on the homepage.
To burn videos to a DVD do the following in the program:
Click on the Video button at the top and add as many video files as you want to the application. Freemake Video Converter will automatically adjust the resolution and bitrate of the resulting DVD. I would not go overboard with that though, as you may end up with a bad resolution or video quality. A rule of thumb is that your resulting video DVD should have a 720x576 resolution. I'm going to show you how to check that in a minute.
Once you have added videos you should click on the to DVD button to open the DVD menu. Here you see the resulting DVD resolution, bitrate and format. A standard DVD is selected by default which you can change to a dual-layer DVD instead or a Mini DVD here. You can furthermore switch from PAL to NTSC, and change to a different type of DVD menu if you like.
If you are not satisfied with the quality of the output, return to the video selection menu and remove some of the video files to reduce the overall playtime of the videos. Once you are satisfied click on the burn button to start the process. Freemake Video Converter will convert the videos into a DVD compatible format before they get burned to disc.
The process itself should not take that long. While it depends on a few factors, like your computer's processing performance and the source video formats, it should be quite speedy. I never spend more than an hour converting and burning videos on a test PC to video DVD format.
The DVD menu looks solid, and if you want, you can make it static instead or get rid of it completely if you prefer the movie to play automatically. You may however experience black borders when you play back the video DVD, and this seems to depend largely on the resolution of the source video files.
Freemake Video Convert is an easy to use program that turns virtually any video format into a video DVD in a short amount of time. While you may get better or customized results with specialized software, you'd spend more time configuring said software for that result.
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