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Using Windows DVD Maker (Windows 7, Vista)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers that came with Windows DVD Maker.
Use this document for basic help when using Windows DVD Maker to record your video files to DVD.
NOTE:HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.

Creating and recording a movie file DVD with Windows 7 and Vista DVD Maker

Windows DVD Maker is a program that allows you to quickly combine video, picture, and audio files to create a DVD movie file and then record it to a DVD. If you want to edit your video files first, use another program like CyberLink PowerDirector or Windows Movie Maker.
For more information about Windows Movie Maker, click Start , click All Programs , and then click Windows Movie Maker . Click the icon to open Windows Help and Support.
To use Windows DVD Maker, the video hardware on the computer must support DirectX9 (or greater) with video drivers for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. To learn whether the current video card supports Windows DVD Maker, check the documentation that came with the computer or visit the video card manufacturer's Web site.
To find the DirectX version on your computer:
  1. Click Start , and type dxdiag in the Search box. Click Dxdiag in the search results.
    Figure 1: Opening DirectX Diagnostic Tool
    Opening DirectX Diagnostic Tool
  2. On the System tab, find the DirectX Version . The DirectX version should be DirectX 9 or higher.
    Figure 2: Finding the DirectX Version
    Finding the DirectX Version
Windows DVD Maker allows you to import digital video from other sources onto your computer. To import a digital video:
  1. Make sure your DV camera is connected to an IEEE 1394 connector or a USB 2.0 connector on the computer, and then set the camera mode to play recorded video (often labeled VTR or VCR on a DV camera). The connector may be located on the front, back, left or right side of the computer.
  2. When the Import Video wizard appears, click Import Video .
  3. In the Name box, type a name for the video file or files you want to import and save to your computer.
  4. Select a location to save your video file from the Import to list, or click Browse to choose another location.
  5. In the Format list , select one of the following video file formats for the new video file, and then click Next .
    • Select Audio Video Interleaved (single file) to create a singe file using the file type that your digital video device uses by default, such as an AVI or DV-AVI file.
    • Select Windows Media Video File (single file) to create a single Windows Media Video (WMV) file containing all of the information on the video tape.
    • Select Windows Media Video (one file per scene) to create a WMV file for every clip on the videotape.
  6. Click Import the entire videotape to my computer , and then click Next .
    NOTE:To stop importing the video before the end of the videotape, click Stop and then click Yes .
  7. Click Finish .
Video cannot be imported from an analog video camera or VCR using the Import Video wizard or Windows Movie Maker. To import video from an analog video camera or VCR, an analog video capture device must be installed in the computer, and then use software that can import video from an analog capture device. For more information, check the documentation that came with the analog capture device or go to the manufacturer's Web site.
To create a DVD movie using Windows DVD Maker:
  1. Click Start , click All Programs , and then click Windows DVD Maker .
    Figure 3: Windows DVD Maker
    Windows DVD Maker
  2. Click Add items in the toolbar.
  3. Browse to pictures, videos, and music files. Click Add to add each file to the project.
  4. Arrange or play the files as needed:
    • To remove a file, select the file and then click Remove items .
    • To preview a video file, right-click the file and then select Play .
    • To move a file up or down, select the file and then click one of the arrows in the toolbar.
    Figure 4: Add pictures and video
    Add pictures and video
  5. To change the DVD playback settings, click Options . Select the settings appropriate to your region and needs, and then click OK .
    Figure 5: DVD Options
    DVD Options
  6. When you have added all of your movie items, click Next .
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    Preview or customize the DVD (optional):
    Figure 6: Ready to burn DVD
    Ready to burn DVD
    • Click Preview to preview the DVD. To change your video, click the Back arrow at the top of the window and change settings and add or delete video files.
    • Click Menu text to change the DVD menu text. Select the font and enter titles for the disc, Play button, Scenes button, and notes button, and then click Change Text .
      Figure 7: Change the DVD menu text
      Change the DVD menu text
    • Click Customize menu to change the menu settings, such as video, audio, font and button styles.
      Figure 8: Customize the DVD menu style
      Customize the DVD menu style
    • Click Slide show to create a slide show of pictures on the DVD. You can add music, set the duration to display each picture, and add transitions.
      Figure 9: Slide show settings
      Slide show settings
    • Select a menu style from the right side of the page.
  8. When ready to record your movie to disc, insert a blank DVD (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, or DVD-RW) into the drive. Click Burn , and then follow any onscreen instructions to complete the recording process.
    NOTE:Windows DVD Maker may not allow you to write a movie over 4.7 GB, depending on the type of DVD writer drive you have. Double-layer DVD drives are able to write up to 8.5 GB of data to a double-layer disc.
    If the message The media is not ready opens when trying to create a DVD, follow these instructions:
    Check if you have inserted the disc properly into the drive.
    Verify if the drive supports the media format. For example, if the drive only supports -R or -RW, but a +R disc is inserted, the drive will be unable to identify the DVD disc. Consult the drive manual for selecting a compatible disc type.
The DVD I created has serious playback quality problems. What can I do to fix it?
Windows DVD Maker allows for filters. A filter is supplemental code that changes the audio or video output when the audio or video is processed. For example, a filter might brighten or sharpen video for certain types of Mpeg4 files or add compression to an audio stream to decrease your file size. Filters get installed with other DVD and movie editing software applications. Not all filters are compatible with Windows DVD maker and can cause problems when files are viewed. Such problems might be video that plays upside down, is blank, no audio, audio that is too high pitched, and more.
To fix playback problems associated with filters, click Options , click the Compatibility tab, and remove filter selections.
What do I do when the file that I recorded has no sound?
To ensure that the computer can receive sound, check that the audio cable connection is properly connected to the sound card, and that the line-in on your Windows volume control is not muted.
What is the difference between the 1 hour DVD and 2 hour DVD media?
1 hour DVD media is a single-layer single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 4.7 GB of data. 2 hour DVD media is a double-layer, single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.
I created a DVD but it does not play on my home DVD player.
Determine which media you used (DVD-RW/R or DVD+RW/R) and make sure that your home DVD player supports that type of media. Many new DVD players can support both formats, but some older players may not.
Why do I get the message stating the media is not ready when I try to create a DVD?
Make sure that you have the disc properly seated inside the drive with the correct side up, and verify that the media format is supported by your drive.
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