Looking for easy to use fairly basic DVD burning software

By macx ยท 11 replies
Jul 26, 2009
  1. Looking for what the title says to burn basic home video onto DVD's,
    and maybe copy etc.

    Only need basic editing features, such as titles, inserting audio, etc, besides
    patching clips together to make 1 video.

    There are so many for sale, and of course they all claim to be the best.

    I've looked at and tried the trial version of Altdo, seems OK, any comments,
    pro or con, or better alternatives? It seems to claim to do what I'm looking for.

    Thought I'd ask for experiences and recommendations from savvy folks
    who've used different ones.

  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    I have used Roxio in the past and am currently using Nero, They both run exceptionally well and fairly easy to use. On Nero, the initial run may take longer, but as you go through the preferences you can choose what and what not to see. Roxio, I would assume is the same but the version I used is too far out of date. You can go here and download a trial... http://www.nero.com/enu/downloads-nero9-trial.php
  3. jjonz

    jjonz TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Personally I like ConvertXtoDVD. I have used it for years. I like the menu system of Ver2 over Ver3.

    However, on this site in the article "11 Awesome Application You Never Heard OF", there is an article about DVD Flick.


    Looks like it can convert most video formats, and has simple menu format. Sounds like it may meet your needs.

  4. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    I personally prefer TMPGEnc DVD author, as the movies I buy aren't always in the easiest formats. This program allows me to convert from almost any format to a playable DVD and create menus/chapter options.

    It may be overkill, but it saves having a whole bunch of programs to do one thing each. I always get good audio and video syncing as well, no jerky video or audio cut outs.

    Have a look at it here http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com/en/product/tda20.html

    Plus it has a lot of help online if you ever get stuck
  5. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Thanks! I'll surely take a look at those.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I've not used TMPGEnc in years, but when I did it was pretty complicated and required reading tons of tutorials, all seemingly close but not exactly what you wanted to do, and if you tried to improvise you got terrible results. Perhaps that has changed.

    But ConvertXtoDVD is incredibly easy to use, but it isn't the right tool if you are starting out with mpeg2. I suppose it can be used, but there is probably an even better solution out there. The problem with ConvertXtoDVD is that it isn't free...
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Does the TMPGEnc still have the, "you gotta re-register it every few months aggravation"?

    @Strategic; God, I hope they've improved Nero dramatically. I have version 6, and it's "Nerovision 3" is, bar none, the worst piece of s*** I've ever had the misfortune to use. It makes "DVD Movie Factory' look like "Final Cut Pro".
  8. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    It's only asked me to re register once, wasn't too sure on that but it was after I imaged my hard drive onto my new computer so that could have something to do with it
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Their encoder alone used to be available as freeware,. Never was quite sure what a person was supposed to do with it though.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    CD burn XP. It's free and opensource. Does all types of discs.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    It burns them sure, but I don't think you can author DVDs with it.
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    actually you can. I have used it.
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