Burning videos to DVDs is a niche demand at the moment. The standard structure DVD disc is only 480P, less than most videos we download or shot today. There are lots of ways to store or share videos, such as using a USB stick and Cloud storage. What’s more, most of the former DVD players are only able to read standard DVD discs but now many DVD/Blu-ray players can directly play regular format videos, for example MP4 videos, from the USB drive that has been plugged into the player.
But that doesn’t mean it is “no good” burning videos to DVD. If you have some homemade movies/videos about your family life, travel experience, memory, etc., it’s a good idea to burn a DVD disc with menu. You can use the remote control to switch to another scene, chapter, view the well arrange content on the TV. Besides, it’s a very fun process of making exquisite DVD disc that can commemorate and share with your friends and families.
There are many free, open-source, or paid software in this field. Among which Wondershare DVD Creator is a really special one – has a modern-looking interface, provides usable DVD menus (most other software provide templates that are terribly out of date), offers basic but sufficient functionality for common users.
Is Wondershare DVD Creator Good Enough to Create Video DVD Disc?
After testing, my personal feeling about this software is that overall is good. You can add videos or images for burning to Video DVD disc. If you add images, they will automatically become a video slideshow with background music, allow you to further rearrange the photos and adjust the settings.
Import Videos for Burning
The program will show up four tabs after importing the materials – “Source”, “Menu”, “Preview”, and “Burn”. Under Source, users can select a video and activate the simple video editor, which can crop, trim, rotate, flip, adjust effect, add watermark, and import a subtitle. The ability to add subtitle is usually what users need to care about. Wondershare DVD Creator is only able to add one external subtitle file (SRT, ASS, SSA), and make it hardcoded subtitle. That’s to say, if the movie itself has several soft subtitle tracks and audio tracks, the program will keep the default audio track and no subtitle. Users can only import an external subtitle that can’t be turned off when playing.
Here you can also add more titles, chapters, and adjust the sequence. After the change, the DVD menu structure will also change automatically.
Customize the DVD Menu
Next, we tab Menu, where you can select a DVD menu template and make some settings. From the drop-down list, you will see there are 7 template themes with 70+ templates in total, some of which are pretty good.
We’re going to go in great detail about the menu settings. The canvas ratio can be changed to 16: 9 or 4: 3. The five small toolbar icons enable you to customize the background image, background music, add text, change thumbnail, and create chapters for a title. What’s more, you can adjust the size, style (font), position, and direction of the image frame and text frame. The button style, size, and position can also be customized.
I found this program still has some drawbacks in DVD menu customization. I wanted to set a local image to be the thumbnail. Unfortunately, the picture will auto-fill the whole thumbnail box, which will most likely cause the image ratio change. You can know neither what the correct ratio should be nor set the padding method. Except for those frames, the elements on the background image can’t be deleted. And also, it isn’t able to undo/redo the last edit. There are not many custom settings for the menu, and we can save the project to computer, so this is not a serious problem.
Preview the Result
Wondershare DVD Creator provides the clearest and most intuitive preview interface. This is exactly what the burned disc would look like & react on the DVD player. If your DVD disc were not rewritable, you would better ensure that you are satisfied with the results in the preview, so as not to waste a disc.
Burn to DVD Disc
Just like most DVD authoring software, Wondershare DVD Creator can burn videos to DVD disc/ISO/DVD folder, choose the TV standard (NTSC or PAL), and select the burn speed. It was fully tested and everything works as it should.
What Else Can Wondershare DVD Creator Do
Besides being a DVD creator, it has many other functionalities. Let us get a rough understanding of Wondershare DVD Creator: click on “More DVD Tools” or “Toolbox”, and then you can see clearly all its tools.
- Video Editor: A simple editor that you can use to import regular videos and trim, rotate, adjust effect, add watermark, add external subtitle file.
- ISO to DVD: Burn DVD ISO file to DVD disc.
- Slideshow Maker: Import images and create a slideshow video, not DVD.
- Data Disc (Windows only): Burn videos, audios, and photos to Data DVD or Blu-ray disc. Other files, for example documents, are not supported.
- CD Burner: Burn music to Audio CD.
- Burn Blu-ray Disc (Windows only): Create Video Blu-ray disc/ISO/folder from videos or images.
- DVD to DVD (Windows only): Copy homemade DVD to DVD disc/ISO/folder with different copy modes.
- DVD to Video (Windows only): Rip homemade DVD to MP4, MKV, etc.
- CD Converter (Windows only): Convert CD disc to MP3.
- Blu-ray Disc to Video (Windows only): Rip unprotected Blu-ray disc to regular video.
- Create Video DVD disc as well as slideshow DVD disc.
- It has beautiful DVD menu templates that meet different needs.
- Provide a rich toolbox.
- The most easy-to-use DVD creator, totally ideal for beginners.
- Good UI design.
- Doesn’t support burning soft subtitle tracks to DVD.
- Difficult to switch freely between tools.
- Not enough customization options.
Wondershare DVD Creator is an easy-to-use and basic DVD authoring tool. If you want to customize every detail of your disc, this software is not for you, you need to choose something like ConvertXtoDVD. But if you want a mature, smooth-running software that can help you create good looking DVD disc in a simple way, Wondershare is a perfect choice. It is already better than most similar software on the market.