Free DVD Authoring and Creation Software
Create/Author your own DVDs from a camera, video files, etc
Free DVD Authoring and Creation Tools / Software
The free DVD authoring and creation programs listed here allow you to author your own DVD from either a camera (eg a DV camera, web camera, video camera, webcam), a TV tuner, or some other video source, such as a video file (eg an MPEG file, an AVI file, or a DivX file that you saved onto your hard disk). Depending on which software you choose, the software allows you to burn your video/movie onto a DVD, create DVD menus, add chapters, add subtitles, add audio tracks, etc.
Note though that the free versions of these software may not have the full feature set and ease-of-use provided in commercial applications like Cyberlink Media Suite (or more specifically, the Power2Go program that is part of that package).
If you are looking for a way to master (create) data DVD disks, you should check out the Free CD and DVD Mastering and Copying Software page instead.
Free Tools to Create and Author Your Own DVDs / DVD Movies from a Camera, Video Files, etc
- Video DVD Maker Free
Video DVD Maker Free is a DVD authoring tool that allows you to create DVD disks in three clicks. The video can be captured directly from TV tuners, webcams, DV cameras, or from video files. Video formats supported include AVI, DivX, XVid, MP4, MPG, WMV, ASF, MOV, etc. You can burn the DVD you created to CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD DL, etc. It can create DVD video, Video CD (VCD), and Super Video CD (SVCD). This is a Windows program. (Note: you may have to scroll down the page to locate the free version.)
- DVD Flick
DVD Flick is a DVD authoring program that allows you to take a video file saved on your computer and convert it into a DVD that can play back in a DVD player, your computer, or Home Cinema set. The software allows you to add audio tracks and subtitles to your DVD. Your original video files may be in any of the following container formats: AVI, MOV, MPG, WMV, ASF, FLV (Flash video), Matroska and MPG. Supported codecs include MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, XVid, DivX, WMA and WMV (Windows Media Audio and Video), MP3, Ogg Vorbis, H264 and On2 VP5/6. The program is open source. Supported systems include Windows 2000, XP and Vista.
- DVD Styler
DVD Styler is an open source DVD authoring system for Windows and Linux. It converts MPEG files, which you can drag and drop into its window, create NTSC/PAL DVD menus which are highly customizable (you can set image backgrounds, put text and images anywhere, change the font and colours, etc), set chapters for the movie, etc.
- DivXtoDVD Perl Script
DivXtoDVD is a Perl script for Linux and other Posix systems (like BSD, Unix, Unix-like operating systems) that converts a DivX movie to DVD compliant files (AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS directories and files). It uses transcode, ffmpeg, mjpeg and dvdauthor to do the job in one step. The software is open source. Note that this is different from the commercial ConvertXtoDVD software which was also formerly named DivXtoDVD. If you're looking for the latter, a trial download is available.
- KDE DVDAuthor Wizard
The KDE DVD Authoring Wizard allows you to create a DVD from a DVD-compatible MPEG-2 file (that is, it doesn't do the conversion from other formats for you). You can add multiple files and create a menu of the playlist if you wish. Your DVD menu can have multiple pages, a soundtrack from Ogg or MP3, animated thumbnails and be in the NTSC or PAL format, be in 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 full screen, etc. This DVD authoring tool works under Linux. It is open source.
- Q DVD-Author
Q DVD-Author is essentially a GUI front-end for dvdauthor and other related tools found on a Linux system. You can create DVD menus, convert your projects between PAL and NTSC (and vice versa), create sub-menus, add subtitles, transcode your input videos from other formats, apply multiple audio streams to the videos, give menus multiple soundtracks, create a DVD slideshow, create animated menus, etc. This is an open source program that works under Linux and other Posix OSes.
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