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Choose Menu Type
As mentioned in the Introduction of this guide, ConvertXtoDVD can create menus that range from simple still picture menus to complex motion menus that have small thumbnail sized clips from your videos. Also, importantly, it has the option to not use a Menu at all. Since this guide is not about to spend paragraphs going through all the menus, I suggest you simply take a close look at them to see which you'd prefer, or you can opt for the "No Menu" option.
To get to the list of menus tick the + beside DVD Options as shown in the picture above. You will see a "Template Now Used" option first. Click it so it is selected, and then click it again. You will notice a select box will appear. Click the box and you will have the full list of available menu templates from ConvertXtoDVD. My suggestion is to stick to simply classic menus if you have a lot of video content on your DVD, like 3 - 4 hours+ of material. Other than that, feel free to experiment with any of the menus you'd like, or choose not to use a Menu, which makes sense for a DVD with just one movie.
Further Menu Settings
Under the DVD Options settings there are more things to change than just the menu template. Here are some options and what they are...
- Auto-start Playback: If this is selected the menu will be skipped when the disc is inserted into a DVD player, the menu will be shown after the Title.
- Loop playback: Instead of going back to the Title Menu when the last Title (video) on the disc has finished playing, if this option is selected you will be returned to the first Title (video), instead of the Menu.
- Play titles one after the other: With this option selected, each Title (video) on the disc will play sequentially, that is when the first is finished, it will automatically play the second and so on, without going back to the Menu.
- Skip root menu initially: The Menu that will display when you insert the DVD is the "Title Menu". Each Titleset (video) also has its own "Root Menu". If this option is selected, then you will bypass the Root Menu when you select a video on the Title Menu. This is recommended because it saves time and effort.
- Return to the title menu after titleset playback: This is closely related to the above setting. In this case, one a titleset has finished playing, it will return straight to the Title Menu and bypass the Root Menu altogether.
- Don't create title menu for single video: If selected, any DVD you are making with ConvertXtoDVD that contains just one video will not have a Title Menu at all, as it really doesn't require a Menu.
Change DVD Name and Titleset Label
At the top of the Menu created by ConvertXtoDVD, it will display the DVD Name. The default DVD Name as you might have noticed, is "My DVD". To change this, click "DVD Options - Disc Name" so that is appears selected (blue), then click it again (don't double click fast or it won't work) and you will be able to edit the name of your DVD. You will also notice (from the picture above) that you can do it for all Titlesets (videos) that you have added to the compilation. Remember each video will also show up on the Menu, so be sure to remember to customize this as above.
To put it as simply as I can, the more time ConvertXtoDVD is allowed to spend encoding your video, the higher the output quality will be. Click Settings and click Encoding, and you will see the same options as shown above.
- Encoding quality --> speed: Here you can choose to have High quality video (with the longest encoding time), Medium quality (with the medium encoding time) and Low quality (with the fastest encoding time). My recommendation always has been and always will be that if you are going to do this, you should do it right by always choosing the highest quality option.
- Target size: Do you have a normal blank DVD-R, or a dual layer blank DVD? If it is simply a normal blank DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW or DVD+RW) then choose the option DVD-5 (4300 MB). If you have a dual-layer blank DVD (DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD-RW DL or DVD+RW DL) then choose DVD-9 (8100 MB). If you know what you are doing, you can also set a Custom limit on MB of data that can be used.
- Conversion priority: Each program that runs in Windows has an assigned priority - that is, programs are given resources based on their priority. Encoding will use a lot of resources (100% CPU usage for sure) so you have the option of changing its priority. However, I have found that opting for Highest or Time Critical simply doesn't help very much. I would suggest keeping it at Normal priority.
Burning / Output Settings
You have a choice to make now before you begin changing settings; do you want ConvertXtoDVD to burn directly to a DVD disc when the process is finished, or do you want it to output to a folder instead so you can preview it on your computer and burn later? I personally suggest that you do not automatically burn to DVD, but instead get a DVD output folder and burn later with ImgBurn after you have tested the DVD. Here are the settings...
- Burn Result to DVD: With this option selected, you will need to place a DVD Disc into your DVD Burner, which you can select from the box right below this option. If it is unselected then a DVD-Video compilation folder will be created on your hard disk drive which you can burn later on after you have previewed it. Also note that there is an option to create an ISO available in the select box for DVD burners if you are interested in that.
- Default DVD Label: The DVD Label is only a short label that will be read from the disc by hardware, it will not be displayed on the Menu. You can label the disc whatever you want.
- Add original files to DVD (if possible): If you, for example, have a 700MB movie file and ConvertXtoDVD converts it to a 2GB DVD, then with this option selected, it will also include the 700MB video file on the disc it burns in case you want it later.
- Delete folder after successful burn: If you are choosing to burn your DVD with ConvertXtoDVD, then if you select this option, it will automatically delete the Files and Folders of your DVD-Compilation from your hard drive once it has completed burning the disc.
- Send burn statistics to VSO online database:VSO Software, which makes ConvertXtoDVD, collected technical statistics of DVD burning in order to release reports for sites like AfterDawn. No personal information is sent in these checks. However your participation is totally voluntary.
- Do not eject disc nor open explorer at the end of conversion: Does exactly what it says.
- Always erase rewriteable disc without warning: Do you use re-writable media (DVD-RW, DVD+RW)? With this option not selected, ConvertXtoDVD will warn you if you insert a re-writable disc that already contains data. If it is selected, it will automatically erase a re-writable disc with data on it before it writes. This is your call.
- SAO options on DVD-R: This option should be left on Automatic. It exists for users who have problems burning to DVD-R media. Unless you know what you are doing here, don't touch it. This doesn't matter unless you are burning the result to a DVD.
All that is left to do at this point is click the Convert button. Depending on the amount of content to encode and the speed of your computer, the time this process will take will vary. Generally speaking, ConvertXtoDVD is faster than all alternatives without compromising on quality.
If you opted to Burn result to DVD: Then make sure you have a blank DVD waiting in your DVD Writer to be burned to
If you didn't opt to Burn result to DVD: Then you will be moving on to the next page. You can find your DVD files once they are completed inside your My Documents folder (Documents in Vista). There will be a ConvertXtoDVD folder and within that, it will create a folder usually with the name of your first Titleset (Video). Inside this folder will be a VIDEO_TS folder (AUDIO_TS is not important), and inside this will be all of your DVD files (.VOB, .IFO, .BUP). If you would like to know how to play the DVD on your computer from the folder, please read: How to play VOB / IFO / BUP files.
Optional Burning with ImgBurn - Move to Page 4
On the next page, we take a look at using ImgBurn to burn our DVD folders (VIDEO_TS, AUDIO_TS) to a blank DVD disc (single or dual layer will do).
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Written by: James Delahunty