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How Do I Choose the Best DVD Editing Software?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
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  • Last Modified Date: 08 July 2014
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When looking for the best digital versatile disc (DVD) editing software you should consider exactly what it is you want to do with your DVDs so you will know what type of editing you are looking for. Most DVD editing software is designed to help a user in the creation of DVDs — using one or more video clips — and it can allow you to take advantage of certain aspects of the DVD format as well. Adding menus and chapter breaks, including different audio tracks, and even helping you in making dual layer DVDs are all features that different DVD editing software may feature and that you should look for to suit your needs.

DVD editing software is a type of computer program that allows a user to edit content and burn video and audio onto a DVD for storage and playback. These programs can include a wide array of different features and can range from simple DVD burning software built into a larger program for audio or video playback, or expensive professional software with a number of features and tools. Choosing the right DVD editing software for your needs is typically about identifying just what it is you want to do, and then finding the program that will allow you to do those things.

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If all you want to do is burn video and audio you have already edited and prepared onto a DVD, then a fairly simple DVD editing software program should work well. These types of programs can often be inexpensive, or even free, and will usually allow you to simply select a video or videos and burn to a DVD. If you want to use your DVDs for basic media storage, by burning files for future access through a computer and not for simple playback, then these programs will likely work for you as well.

More elaborate editing, however, may require more expensive or somewhat complicated DVD editing software. Some programs can allow you to combine multiple videos into a single playing feature or to take a single long video and create chapter breaks for easier navigation. These programs can also help you create a menu with several different options, to easily play your video or jump to different chapters.

They can also allow you to customize these different features with your own text or animations and sound, and some DVD editing software can even help you create more advanced features such as audio commentaries often seen with major film releases on DVD. If you want to burn onto dual layer DVDs, then you may also want to find DVD editing software that makes sure the transition between layers is as seamless as possible. Once you establish what features you are looking for, then you can more easily find the right software that will do what you need.

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clan
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How do you like windows media maker? Of course, for an advanced user, adobe premier is terrific.

ihatefamous
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Burning, ripping or authoring, most free DVD burning software can help. One reliable software is CDBurnerXP for burning DVDs and Blu Rays.

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I have used the Easy DVD burning software to burn my DVD’s and they are really reliable.

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