DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application that makes possible for video enthusiasts to create professional-looking DVDs. DVDStyler provides over 20 DVD menu templates, allowing you to create your own menu designs and photo slideshows. After you select your DVD label name, video quality, video format, aspect ratio, and audio format, you can select a template to add video materials to. DVDStyler's interface supports drag-and-drop so you can add project buttons and movies around with ease. Some basic video editing operations such as trimming and cropping are also available.
- create and burn DVD video with interactive menus
- support of AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, OGG, WMV and other file formats
- support of MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MP2, MP3, AC-3 and other audio and video formats
- user-friendly interface with support of drag & drop
- flexible menu creation on the basis of scalable vector graphic
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I found this program online as I had been through several DVD designers which were horribly fiddly and overly complicated. DVD Styler seemed like a very fast and easy way to make a DVD with a title screen menu and chapters , and it works pretty much as drag and drop which is fantastic. This is all ruined though becasue it's horribly buggy. Changing the font of any text makes the program grind to a near halt while it thinks for up to a minute (even for a simple font size change), and you'd better not touch any keys or mouse buttons while this is happening or you risk a crash. I was using the "Action of the Time" font, and I couldn't even position the text correctly as there as so much lag. This happens on both 32 and 64-bit versions of the software (including past versions) and on multiple machines too. The 32bit version from the official website wouldn't even install as the file was corrupted - not a great advert for quality control. Background images loaded onto the DVD menu appear quite blocky and rough too, even if the image is at a very high resolution. If they can sort the font issue and a few other bugs then this software would be without a doubt the best on the market, but as it is it's inflexible, time consuming and risky if you are using anything than than big standard Ariel.
I simply love DVD Styler!! I had been using stuff from Pinnacle, and Cyberlink, and even Movavi, and yet I prefer the FREE DVD Styler? It is so easy to use, and so nicely laid out. Kudos to the creators! I am highly recommending this program to my past students and fellow video production teachers!
This program is a great replacement for DVD Flick, and runs with no issues on Windows 10. A few initial impressions and suggestions though: - Add an optional "global" tick box to keep the same background and audio across all DVD menu pages of a project, instead of having to make the same settings individually on every menu page. - Having the video bitrate set to "Auto" seems to accomplish nothing. I still needed to go back and through trial and error pick the highest video bitrate which would allow everything to fit on the DVD, and avoid the error message that the videos wouldn't fit when clicking "Burn". - The in-program (F1) documentation is woefully inadequate and needs major improvement. There's absolutely no information on what some of the more advanced dialogs do. It's really nothing more than a "getting started" guide at the moment. - When "Burn" is clicked, if a user had previously selected "just generate" then reviewed the DVD output and decided everything was okay, the program should use the existing AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS directories instead of having to go through the entire encoding process again. The way it works now in that area is a waste of time and computer resources. - The biggest *glaring* omission of function in this program is that you can't preview DVD menus before clicking "Burn" and waiting for the lengthy DVD generation process to complete. One little mistake, and it's back through the whole process again to correct it. Other than that, nice program and great job!
I use this on both windows and Ubuntu. Windows install is easier. I edit the xml files to make similar DVDs, but also just use the interface for slide menu design.
I've had some commercial DVD programs, and have tried some other open source offerings. I like this one best of them all, as it gives good results, plenty of features and is quite intuitive to use. Maybe now I can sort out the mess of videos I've made of family outings and such. Great for making DVDs' for Grandparents, and ourselves as well.