DVD Flick

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Here is a comparison with main rivals."

    May 31, 2010  |   By geoffjs

    Pros

    Simply the best of breed by a long, long way. Look no further.

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    Comparison of programs to produce DVDs playable on a standard DVD player
    ===============================================================

    May 2010

    by geoffjs

    This article compares programs that transfer a video to a DVD such that it can be played on a standard DVD player.


    DVD Flick 1.3.0.7
    --------------------
    Free.
    See www.dvdflick.net
    By far the best. This is the only program of its type that I have retained.
    Outputs to VOB, IFO, BUP format which can be played on a standard DVD player.
    Main VOB files at best quality are somewhat larger than those generated by format convertor programs such as Format Factory, but the results are so good that this is acceptable.
    There are options for changing output quality which would affect file size.
    Can choose to write to an iso image on hard disk as opposed to writing directly using attached ImgBurn DVD burner.
    Nice features such as de-interlacing and choice of widescreen/normal.
    Read the guide first.
    Quality really good.
    Excellent.


    Free Movie DVD Maker 3.5
    --------------------------------
    Free.
    See www.sothink.com (company is SourceTec)
    Creates VOB, IFO, BUP files which can be played on a standard DVD player.
    Main problem is that an advert for the paid-for program is added to the beginning of the movie.
    Not possible to get round this by replacing just the VOB file, presumably because no longer matches IFO.
    Have not burnt a DVD because of this but beginning of movie was missed when played on GOM Media Player.


    Next Video Converter v2.6
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    Free.
    See www.nextvideosoft.com
    Outputs mpg files which cannot be read by many DVD players.


    Free Video to DVD Converter 1.1.2.50
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    Free.
    See www.dvdvideosoft.com
    Outputs to MPEG2 files which cannot be read by many DVD players.
    Also cannot write files directly to hard disk - have to get them from the burnt DVD.
    There was an initial install error (class not registered).
    Repeated the install, do not start program immediately, installed OK.


    Ashampoo Burning Studio 8
    ---------------------------------
    Paid-for package.
    See www.ashampoo.com
    An older version 6 is available for free from shareware sites such as CNET (don't know whether it has this DVD player capability).
    Created VOB, IFO, BUP files which could be played on a standard DVD player.
    However, no sound and entire movie wasn't played - only a middle section which kept on repeating.


    Other recommended software
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    Format Factory and Any Video Converter for converting formats, both video and audio.
    Avidemux for simple video editing, but stick to AVI files.
    Debut for screen capture of playing videos (again stick to AVI files for output).
    GOM Media Player for playing most types of media files. VOB files require additional download.
    Ashampoo Burning Studio for burning.

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