DVDSanta - Step 1 - Start Project

There are five main buttons on the DVDSanta main window. They are Video Files to DVD, Photo Slideshow to DVD, Digital Camcorder Direct to DVD, Disc Image or DVD Video Folder to DVD and Buy now. The only button we need is the Video Files to DVD button so click it.

DVDSanta - Step 2 - Add Media

A new will popup, the first thing we need to do is add a file to the list, so click the Add media button.

DVDSanta - Step 3 - Select File(s)

With the file browser, go to the folder that you file(s) is in. When you get there, select your file (in my case, Video.avi) and click the Open button. You will now see the file in the list. You can add as many files as you want to DVDSanta, during the authoring of the DVD, DVDSanta will put them all in a separate track.

DVDSanta - Step 4 - Settings

As you can see you will have to change some simple settings here. Video Standard just lets you choose between an NTSC or PAL DVD, NTSC is used in the United States and Japan, whereas PAL is used mainly in Europe and Australia. You should also try not to convert NTSC to PAL and vice versa if you want to keep good enough quality.

Video Resolution should be selected depending on your input video files. If they are low resolution and low quality, then pick Medium or Low, but if they are high quality, like a DVDRip XviD then leave the resolution on High for the best results. Aspect Ratio lets you choose between whether the DVD will specify the movie as 16:9 or 4:3 on playback, select whichever option depending on what your source file is.

DVDSanta - Step 5 - Advanced Settings

Click the Advanced Settings button. There will be more than likely nothing here that you have to change. Compress LPCM audio should be ticked. Audio Delay and Video Delay let you set start-up delays in milliseconds for the audio and video streams. This can help with "some" sync issues. Quantize Matrix settings should not be touched. Choose a Target disc size then, for this guide, we are using 4.7G DVD+-R/RW. When you are done here, click OK.

DVDSanta - Step 6 - Create DVD

All that is left to do now is to select an output folder for your files and click the Create DVD button. The time the conversion will take will depend on the speed of your computer and your source files.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Introduction & Requirements
  2. 2. Setup Files and Convert to DVD
  3. 3. Burn DVD
Written by: James Delahunty