How to create custom DVD menu with ConvertXtoDVD?
ConvertXtoDVD is a well known dvd authoring program that makes it easy for you to convert and author any video files to DVD video to play well on your DVD player. With this tool you can easily create personalized menus with many templates, add subtitles to your videos and burn them directly to DVDs. In this guide I will show you how to create custom DVD menu using the program. You can free download ConvertXtoDVD trial or buy it now(15% Off). Just install and run it so that we can move on with this guide.
Now let's begin…
Step 1. Below is the main ConvertXToDVD window. It may seem a little too basic now but you’ll soon see how efficient it can be. For the beginning lets go to "Settings" -> "General".
First we will set the working folder, which is the folder that ConvertXToDVD will save the DVD video files before burning them to a DVD. Make sure that the drive that the folder is in has many GBs of free space and set the working folder.
In "DVD specification" tab you can select between PAL (for Europe) and NTSC (for US and Asia), as well as adjust the video resolution just in case you want to do this. Default values are ok however.
Next in "Encoding" tab you can choose your target DVD output size: DVD-5 (Single Layer, 4.7 GB), DVD-9 (Double Layer, 8.5 GB), or a custom value (in MB). This option is useful when you want to reduce the size of the DVD movie to fit a DVD Disc. ConvertXtoDVD will make sure during conversion that the output file size is small enough to fit on the type of target size you selected.
Step 2. We are back to the main windows and it's time to add some files to our DVD. To do so, simply click on the green cross "Add" button (1) and select the video files you want to convert.
You’ll have then a video file list on the program’s interface. ConvertXtoDVD will automatically create a DVD menu and each video file will become a separate Titleset (2).
Since a DVD disc has certain space the more videos you add the worse the quality of the final DVD may be since ConvertXtoDVD will encode your video/audio to reduce the file size to fit on the single disc. Therefore you can have a look at the "Encoding option advisor" (3) to see what the quality will be. Please note that you can not "increase" quality by choosing the DVD-9 option for a single layer project. Keep in mind: ConvertXtoDVD cannot invent quality where it does not already exist. You cannot convert a mediocre file and expect to have even better quality after the conversion.
Step 3. ConvertXtoDVD comes with many menu templates. To get to the list of menu templates, click the + beside DVD Options (1) , you will see a "Template Now Used" option first(2).
Double click "Template Now Used" option and you will notice a select box will appear. Click the box and you will have the full list of available menu templates from ConvertXtoDVD (3). Here you can change the template used for your project. To do so, you can scroll through the list of available templates, select one preferred template, then click on the green check-box to apply the template. Note the template selected will be used for all Titlesets in this project.
Step 4. Click the + beside DVD Options (1) and Title Menu parameters (2) to reveal all options for the Menu item. Lets see the options one by one.
First you can edit the text which will be shown at top of the title menu by double-clicking on it and setting the name (3). By default it is set to "My DVD". Next you can select how the DVD should behave by setting DVD play options (4). You can also check the Video Preview option(5) to have the Video Preview window shown on the right hand side to have a preview of how the menu will look like.
Now you can customize the Menu with fonts and your music and background image if you want.
First you can edit the Title text for Title menu, just double-click on it and change your Title text for Title menu.
1) Enter the desired title text here
2) Shows if the title text will fit into the assigned text area/field (green = ok, red = text is too long/ large font size)
3) Text style (pre-defined) to be used for this text / select other text style (down arrow)
4) Click this icon/button to edit text styles
5) Click here to apply your changes.
Then you can change the Background video / image for Title menu. Double-click on it and change your background image/video.
1) Possible choices:
Use a custom file – allows selecting a video/image file to be used as background. If you use a image, it should have a size of 720*540 pixels / aspect ratio 4:3, to have no distorted picture.
Remove – no background video/image will be used.
Do not change – will use the default setting as defined in the menu template.
2) If a video has been selected as background, specify the starting time code to use from the video. Up to 30 seconds(depending on chosen template) of the video will play in loop here as the background from the starting time you indicated.
3) Click here to apply your changes once you are done. You should see then these changes in the preview window.
4) Displays the path/name of the selected video/image file (only if Use a custom file is selected)
5) Specify the opacity for the background video/image (0 = transparent, 100 = opaque)
6) Click this icon to browse for an video/image file (only if Use a custom file is selected)
Finally you can change Background audio for Title menu in the same way as changing background image/video.
Step 5. Right next comes the video properties. First in the Titleset menu you can add thumbnails of each Titleset for easier and faster access to them. By default the thumbnail will be taken from the first frame of each video. However you can change this by double clicking on the thumbnail option (1). ConvertXtoDVD also allows you selecting an custom video/image file to be used as thumbnail.
You will notice the audio of each video has been automatically imported (2) as ConvertXToDVD supports almost all formats. But you can also add you own audio (for example commentary) by right-clicking on "Audio" and selecting "Add Audio". You can also click on each audio channel and set the language.
Then we move to the subtitle settings. If you had the subtitles in the same folder with each video file and they also have the same name they will be automatically inserted (3). If you don’t, right click on the "Subtitle (0 stream)" and browse to where you keep them.
Finally you can review the Chapters (4) and add more if you like as well as edit the Titleset name which is what will appear in the main menu as the title of this video. Follow the same steps to configure all your videos and move to the next step.
Step 6. We are finally ready to convert. You may want of course to see how your final DVD menu will look like. To do this click the Preview button (1) and you can take a look at the whole DVD, including the menus in the Video Preview Window (2). If you are satisfied with the result click Convert (3) to start the converting process!
Step 7. When the conversion is over you will be prompted to insert a blank DVD disk in your DVD burner and the burn process will start.
Finally burning finishes and your new DVD is ready for your player. Enjoy!
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