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Using Roxio MyDVD Basic v9 (Windows Vista)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq Desktop Computers with Windows Vista and Roxio MyDVD Basic v9.
Roxio MyDVD allows you to make a video compact disc (VCD) or digital video disc (DVD) from previously recorded television programs (PCs with Windows Media Center Edition only), a digital video camera, and/or other movie file formats. The disc you create can play in your DVD player if it is able to read the type of recordable disc used to record your video. A VCD is a video disc that can be recorded onto conventional CD recordable media but may lack the higher-quality and length of DVD. In order to play a VCD, the DVD player or video player software needs to be able to recognize the VCD file format.
You can also make a VCD or DVD quickly in Roxio MyDVD Express . MyDVD Express is a simplified version of MyDVD that you can use to easily burn movies and slideshows to disc.
NOTE:This document provides basic instructions for creating and editing videos with Roxio MyDVD. For more detailed information, use the Roxio MyDVD application help. To access MyDVD help, click Help and then click Help Center , or press the F1 key while in the MyDVD window.
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Creating a VCD or DVD in Roxio MyDVD

There are three main steps to creating a VCD or DVD in Roxio MyDVD:
  1. Add video to the project.
  2. Edit the video.
  3. Record the project to disc.
Use the following steps to open Roxio MyDVD:
  1. Click Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then MyDVD Basic v9 .
    If an End User License Agreement window opens, accept the agreement and click OK .
    The Roxio Creator window opens to the Video Guide.
    Figure 1: Roxio Creator Video Guide window
  2. Click Create a DVD with MyDVD .
    The MyDVD window opens and displays an untitled project.
    Figure 2: Roxio MyDVD
  3. Click File and then Save Project As to change the name of your project from Untitled to a more descriptive name.
    After renaming your project, click Save .

Step 1: Adding video

  1. To add files to your project from the computer or a DVD or CD:
    1. Click Add New Movie .
    2. Navigate to the folder that contains the video files you want to add or to the media drive that contains the DVD or VCD.
    3. Select the files you want to add, and then click Open .
      The files are added to the current project and displayed in the project window.
  2. To add files from a digital camera, DV camera, scanner, or other device connected to your computer:
    1. Click Capture/Import . The Roxio Media Import program opens.
      NOTE:Only one instance of Plug & Burn or Roxio Media Import may be open at one time.
      Figure 3: Roxio Media Import
    2. Connect a digital camera, DV camera, scanner, or other device to your computer. Close any window that automatically opens.
    3. In the Quality box, select the format in which to save the video recording. Choose from the following options:
      • AVI DV Format : Imports full-size DV video with optimal quality. This file format creates large video files.
      • MPEG-2 DV Format : Imports full-size video using MPEG-2 compression. The MPEG-2 compression format maintains a high video/audio quality while allowing smaller file sizes.
    4. In the Save files to box, select the folder where you want to save the media files.
    5. In the Rename files text box, enter a name for the new video file. Media Import uses the text you enter to name the new video file.
      NOTE:If a file with this name already exists in the selected location, Media Import appends a four digit number to the name (for example, “Imported Videos 00001”).
    6. Click Capture Now and use the video camera to record the live video.
      Media Import imports the video to your hard disk. While it imports the video, Media Import shows the amount of video imported, in hours, minutes and seconds, and indicates how much disk space is available on your hard disk, in GB.
    7. When you are finished recording video, click Stop . A thumbnail of the new video file appears in your Import Bin.
    8. Click Done to return to Roxio MyDVD.

Step 2: Editing menus and video

Once you have added video to your project, you can edit the menus and video. Use these steps to edit the menus and video:

Editing menus

  1. From the preview area dropdown list, select a menu.
    The menu editing options are available in the Edit area.
    Figure 4: Edit menu area
  2. In the Edit area, make the following changes to the menu:
    • Click Change Menu Style to pick a different style for the menu.
    • Click Change Menu Background to select a video or image file from the hard disk drive to use as the menu background.
    • Click Change Menu Audio to select an audio file from the hard disk drive to use as the menu audio.
    • Click Add Submenu to add a submenu to your movie.

Editing videos

  1. From the preview area dropdown list, select a video.
    The video editing options are available in the Edit area.
  2. In the Edit area, click Edit Movie to edit the movie as a whole.
  3. When you click Edit Movie , the Edit Movie screen displays.
    Figure 5: Edit movie screen
  4. Under Add Content , click the following to add content to the movie:
    • Click Add Photo/Video to add another photo or video to the movie.
    • Click Add Background Audio to add sound to the background.
    • Click Add Text Effect to add an captions enhanced with special fonts, colors, and motions.
    • Click Add Video Effect to add an effect to the video, such as blurring, black and white, or sepia tone.
    • Click Add Transition to add transitions between the menus, pictures and videos.
  5. Click Back to Menu to return to the main window.
  6. When you click Edit Chapters , the Edit Chapters screen displays.
    Figure 6: Edit Chapters screen
  7. To manually add chapters, use the play controls to go to the beginning of the chapter you want to add, and then click Add chapter here .
  8. To automatically create chapters, use one of these options:
    • Select Using scene detection to have MyDVD detect a new chapter whenever there is a sudden change in color and brightness.
    • Select At the start of every panel to have MyDVD insert a chapter marker at each new video, image, or color panel.
    • Select Every to specify an interval, in minutes, and seconds. MyDVD inserts a chapter marker every time this interval elapses.
  9. Click OK when done adding chapters.

Step 3: Burning a Video CD (VCD) or DVD

Once you have created the movie, you are ready to record it to disc. Use these steps to burn a Video CD (VCD) or DVD:
  1. If you are creating a VCD, insert a recordable CD disc. Close any window that opens automatically.
    If you are creating a DVD, insert a blank recordable DVD disc. Close any window that opens automatically.
  2. Select the disc size and video quality. By default Fit to Disc is selected.
  3. Click the Burn button. The Burn Project screen displays.
    Figure 7: Burn Project screen
  4. To create a VCD or DVD, make sure that Burn to disc is selected.
  5. In the Drive menu, select the disc burning drive.
  6. In the Disc Label textbox, type a descriptive name for the disc.
  7. Click Burn to create the VCD or DVD.

Creating a VCD or DVD in Roxio MyDVD Express

MyDVD Express is a simplified version of MyDVD that you can use to easily burn movies to disc. MyDVD Express allows you to quickly create a VCD or DVD, but does not have all the options of Roxio MyDVD. Use these steps to create a VCD or DVD with Roxio MyDVD Express:
  1. Click Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then MyDVD Basic v9 .
    If an End User License Agreement window opens, accept the agreement and click OK .
    The Roxio Creator window opens to the Video Guide.
    Figure 8: Roxio Creator Video Guide window
  2. Click Quick DVD with MyDVD Express . The MyDVD Express window opens.
    Figure 9: MyDVD Express
  3. Click Add New Movie to add video files to the project.
  4. Navigate to the folder that contains the video files you want to add or to the media drive that contains the DVD or VCD.
  5. Select the files you want to add, and then click Open .
    The files are added to the current project and displayed in the project window.
  6. Click Change Menu Style or Change Menu Background to pick a different style or background for the menu.
  7. Optionally, click Project Settings to change the format and encoding settings.
  8. If you are creating a VCD, insert a recordable CD disc. Close any window that opens automatically.
    If you are creating a DVD, insert a blank recordable DVD disc. Close any window that opens automatically.
  9. Click Create Disc . The Burn Project screen displays.
    Figure 10: Burn Project screen
  10. Click Burn to create the VCD or DVD.

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