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Creating a Video DVD of Your Photos or Videos

A video DVD is designed for playback in set-top or portable DVD players. You can create it from your videos, your photos, or a mixture. You can use the built-in DVD Maker in Windows 7 (and Windows Vista) to build a simple video DVD. If you have Windows XP, or if you want to create a DVD with multiple chapters, use a third-party DVD creation program such as Roxio MyDVD or Corel MovieFactory Pro.

Here are some ways to make sure it’s appreciated and used effectively:

  • Use DVD recordable (R) media instead of DVD rewritable (RW) media. You can choose from DVD-R or DVD+R media (both will work in any rewritable DVD drive produced in the last few years).
  • If you know that your recipients’ equipment can’t use DVD+R media, use DVD-R media.
  • If you have an all-in-one unit or photo printer that can print on CDs and DVDs, use printable DVD recordable media and create a custom label. Alternatively, if your DVD drive supports LightScribe, you should use LightScribe-compatible DVD recordable media and create a custom label.
  • Create a memorable menu. I prefer to choose a menu style that provides a preview of the contents, such as Windows 7/Vista’s DVD Maker’s Video Wall or Reflections.
  • Create a custom DVD cover insert, an option in most third-party DVD creation programs.
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