How to Convert Photos & Video to DVD

by Christina Shaffer

    Creating a slideshow using digital images and videos is an ideal way to share and store memorable moments. Windows includes Windows DVD Maker, a basic, easy-to-use program. The software helps you create a custom slideshow, design the main menu screen and burn the file directly to disc. To create a more comprehensive slideshow with effects and music, use Windows Live Movie Maker or a third-party application, such as PhotoStage Slideshow Producer. To ensure high-quality results, use a blank DVD manufactured by a reputable company such as Memorex, TDK or Verbatim.

    Windows DVD Maker

    Step 1

    Launch Windows DVD Maker from the Start menu.

    Step 2

    Click “Add Items” on the toolbar. Navigate through your folders and select each photo and video to include in the DVD. Click “Open” to import the files.

    Step 3

    Arrange the photos and videos by clicking and dragging the file to the list, moving the files around as you need to create a flow.

    Step 4

    Enter a name for the disc in the “DVD Title” field and then click “Next.”

    Step 5

    Scroll through the Menu Styles to select a design for the DVD’s main menu. Click the “Preview” button to view the slideshow's menu design. Click “OK” to return to the main screen.

    Step 6

    Click the “Menu Text” button to add text, such as the title of the slideshow, to the main menu. The program automatically labels the Play, Scenes and Notes buttons that will be displayed on the main menu. To change the wording for these options, enter the text in the appropriate field. Click the “Change Text” button to save any changes.

    Step 7

    Click the “Customize Menu” button to alter the design of the main menu. To change the font style of the menu text, click the “Font” drop-down menu and select a style. Depending on the menu style you choose, either display a video in the foreground or background of the main menu. To add a video, click the “Browse” button to the right of the “Foreground Video” or “Background Video” field and select your file. To play a song when the main menu is displayed, click the “Browse” button to the right of the “Menu Audio” field and select the music file, such as an MP3.

    Step 8

    Click the “Change Style” button to save any video or music files added to the main menu.

    Step 9

    Click the “Preview” button to review the main menu design. Click “OK” to exit the Preview window.

    Step 10

    Insert a blank DVD into your computer’s disk drive and click the “Burn” button to burn the video slideshow to disk.

    Using Windows Live Movie Maker

    Step 1

    Download and install Windows Live Movie Maker, which is a free slideshow application (full link in Resources).

    Step 2

    Open Windows Live Movie Maker.

    Step 3

    Click the “Add Photos and Videos” button on the “Home” toolbar. Select the photos and videos, and then click the “Open” button.

    Step 4

    Place the pictures and videos in order by clicking and dragging the thumbnail images in the project pane on the right side of the screen.

    Step 5

    Click the “Add Music” button on the Home toolbar, then select the song to insert in the slideshow. If you don’t want to include music in the slideshow, skip to the next step. Select a start position for the song by clicking and dragging it to the photo or video at which it should start in the project pane. To set an end position for the song, select the last picture or video to display with the song in the background. Right-click the song title and select the “Set End Point” option.

    Step 6

    Add transitional effects to each picture and video to produce a smoother, more natural-looking slideshow. To add a transition, select the photo or video with your mouse and click the “Animations” tab on the main toolbar. Choose the effect from the Transitions menu and then set the time length for the effect in the “Duration” field. To add the same transition to each image and video in the slideshow, click “Apply to All.”

    Step 7

    Click the “Play” button to preview the slideshow.

    Step 8

    Click the “Movie Maker” tab, highlight the “Save Movie” option and select “Burn a DVD.” Enter a file name for the video slideshow and select the output folder. Click the “Save” button to create the slideshow and save it to your PC. Windows DVD Maker opens automatically when the process is complete.

    Step 9

    Enter a name for the DVD and click “Next.”

    Step 10

    Choose the main menu design from the Menu Styles list on the right side of the screen.

    Step 11

    Customize the main menu. To add text, click the “Menu Text” button and enter the text you want displayed on the main menu. Click the “Customize Menu” button to add a video or music to the menu. Click the “Change Style” button to save any changes you make to the design.

    Step 12

    Click the “Preview” button to view the edited design. Click “OK” to exit the preview screen.

    Step 13

    Insert a blank DVD and click the “Burn” button to create the video slideshow DVD.

    Using PhotoStage Slideshow Producer

    Step 1

    Download and install NCH Software’s free version of PhotoStage Slideshow Producer (full link in Resources).

    Step 2

    Launch PhotoStage Slideshow Producer.

    Step 3

    Click the “Add Photos and Media Files” button. Select the photos and videos file to include in the slideshow DVD and click “Open.” The file names appear in the “Media List” on the left side of the screen.

    Step 4

    Choose the photo or video to display at the beginning of the slideshow and drag it to the “Sequence” pane at the bottom of the screen.

    Step 5

    Add transitional effects to the photos and videos. To add an effect, select an image or video in the Sequence pane and then click the “Add Transitions” tab. Select the effect and click "Apply." To change the time of the transition, use the Direction drop-down menu to increase or decrease the length of the effect and then click “Apply.” Repeat this step for each file included in the slideshow.

    Step 6

    Click the “Preview” button on the toolbar to view a full-screen preview of the slideshow.

    Step 7

    Click the “Save Slideshow” button when you’re finished editing the slideshow. Select the “Make DVD Movie” option in the “Video Output Setup” dialog box and type a name for the slideshow in the “Disc Name” field. Check the box next to the “NTSC” option in the “Video Format” pane.

    Step 8

    Insert a blank DVD into the computer’s disk drive and click “OK” to burn the video slideshow to disk.

    About the Author

    Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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