How to Burn a DVD From Movie Maker

by Gabriele Sturmer

In addition to enabling you to save movies to your hard drive or share them online, Windows Movie Maker supports DVD burning in conjunction with Windows DVD Maker. You can turn your video projects into a DVD with a customized menu consisting of a foreground video, background music or video, buttons and text notes. Windows DVD Maker also has a preview feature that enables you to play your DVD project, test the navigation and preview different menu styles before you burn it to a disc.

Launch Movie Maker and open the project you want to burn to DVD. Insert a blank DVD before continuing.

Click Movie Maker's "File" tab and select "Save Movie." Click the "Burn a DVD" option.

Type a name for the movie file, select a location for it and then click "Save." The program must first save the project video file to your hard drive before the DVD creation process. After the video is exported and saved, Windows DVD Maker launches automatically.

Select your DVD burner from the "DVD Burner" drop-down list. If you need to change the aspect ratio of the movie, switch the video format to PAL or adjust your DVD burner's speed, click the "Options" link, make your selections and then click "OK." Type a title for the DVD in Windows DVD Maker beside "DVD Title and click "Next."

Select a menu style from the list on the right. To change the text that appears on the menu, click "Menu Text," select a font, change any button names and then click "Change Text." To customize the menu with a foreground video, background video or menu audio, click "Customize" style, click the "Browse" button beside each option, select a video or audio file and then click "Change Style."

Click "Preview" if you want to view the DVD and its menu before you burn it. Click "OK" to exit the preview.

Click "Burn" to begin burning your disc. After it is done, click "Close" to exit Windows DVD Maker. Alternatively, insert a blank disc and then click "Make Another Copy of This DVD" to make a second copy.

Tips

  • You can put additional videos on the DVD before you burn it. Click "Add Items" on the first step of Windows DVD Maker, select a video file and then press "Enter" to add it. Use the up and down arrow buttons to change the order of the videos, if needed.
  • When trying out DVD menu styles and text, you can click "Preview" before applying the changes.

Warning

  • Information in this article applies to Windows 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

About the Author

Gabriele Sturmer has written product reviews, career education articles, short stories, poetry and technology articles since 2001. She published a Macintosh case study and a web usability report for Liberty University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and business. Sturmer also earned a Master of Business Administration.

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