I enjoy making video DVDs from vacations, weddings, and other special events for me & my friends. Previously I had to create two different DVDs in order to accommodate both wide-screen and standard TVs. And, it was a hassle figuring out how many of each format I needed to burn. After a wedding about three years ago, I decided that I’d try and make a DVD that could be used on either format TV – a little more work, but it required making fewer DVDs – a money and time saver! I also like to include a copy of all photos and movies I shoot since I rarely include all of them in the slideshows.
The process and choice of applications took a fair amount of time since there was a lot of trial-and-error testing. Many applications didn’t perform as advertised or rendered poor results. The following Windows applications are those that worked the best for my purpose:
- ProShow Producer (creates HD slideshow movies)
- MemoriesOnTV4 Pro (creates wide-screen and standard TV formatted DVD movies)
- DvdReMake Pro (combines up to four DVD movies on one DVD, space permitting)
- Nero Express (creates disc image of the combined DVD movies created by DvdReMake)
- UltraISO Premium (to add folder with all photos/movies on ‘combined’ DVD)
Optional and useful applications
- Audio Video Synchronizer (corrects out-of-sync audio/video of digital movies)
- MuxMan DVD Pro (creates a dummy DVD from a user customized menu for use in DvdReMake)
Step 1: Setup
Setup a movie work folder for the video files to use with the applications. I created a folder called “Movie work folder” with three sub-folders called “Wide-screen format”, “Standard TV format”, and “DVD ReMake Results.” Create a sub-folder in “DVD ReMake Results” called “VIDEO_TS”. Leave the “Wide-screen format” and “Standard TV format” folders empty.
If you are planning on creating your own customized intro menu to select your DVDs (like the photo above), then create another folder in the “Movie work folder” for the dummy DVD video – I called mine “Wide-screen-Standard Intro.” Create a folder in the “Wide-screen-Standard Intro” folder called “VIDEO_TS”.