Create & burn

So you've got a video file on your computer, but you want to turn it into your very own DVD, playable on any player and TV screen? Nero 9 is the comprehensive suite to help you create, rip, burn and design everything from your DVD menus and chapters to your DVD case.

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By  Derek Francis Published  November 9, 2008

So you've got a video file on your computer, but you want to turn it into your very own DVD, playable on any player and TV screen? Nero 9 is the comprehensive suite to help you create, rip, burn and design everything from your DVD menus and chapters to your DVD case.

Whether you've recorded a video of your friend's birthday, or simply wish to turn that (legally) downloaded film into a fully-fledged DVD, Nero 9 has all the tools for the job. It's a powerful CD, VCD, DVD copying, authoring and design tool with few peer and we show you how to take a video file from your PC and make it into a personalised DVD.

You can download a free 30-day trial of the software from the official website, www.nero.com. To buy, it costs $79.99 for the downloadable version, while the boxed edition will set you back $99.99.

Step 1: Choosing the right option

The first step to making a DVD is importing the files. The problem is, unless you already have DVD compatible files, you can't go straight into the DVD creation process - you'll need to author your DVD first. This means you have video files with extensions such as .AVI, .MPG and want to edit them and turn them into a full DVD.

When you click on the Nero icon, the SmartStart menu will open, as the central access point for all Nero features. Here you can access any point of the software. But when it comes to disc creation, you're asked to choose from data CD, audio CD, data DVD or video DVD. In this case, we want to make the latter, so clicking this will open a sub application menu, asking you what you want to do. Select Make DVD.

Step 2: Importing files

Once in the DVD authoring section, it'll look very familiar to those who have ever created or edited their own videos on their PC. First things first: select ‘Import' and browse through your hard disk to find the video file you want to use. This will bring the first frame of the video into the preview bar on the left.

The control bar along the bottom of the frame will allow you to preview the video. You can even crop it at the beginning or end, by moving the arrows along the time bar at your leisure.

Check the memory bar at the bottom of the window; it shows you how big your video file is compared to the capacity of a DVD. If there's lots of space left, you can import additional clips so you don't waste space.

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