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Free Movie DVD Maker

CNET Editors' review

Think Free Movie DVD Maker lets you compose and burn high-quality DVDs from your movie clips. It handles a wide range of video formats as well as DVD output types, including HD DVDs up 1080p in resolution. With drag-and-drop, clip editing, zoom mode, and menu options, it can produce high-quality DVDs compatible with any DVD player. Free Movie DVD Maker places a splash screen before segments; a premium version removes the ads and includes lifetime support and updates.

The thing we like best about Free Movie DVD Maker's user interface is the easy way you can toggle between Detail and Thumbnails views, not to mention the slider that lets you scale the view to see both details and thumbnails. We could also turn off thumbnails altogether. We added files by dragging and dropping them into the program and by clicking Add. We could move clips up and down to change the playback order. A sidebar to the right of the main view is tabbed for three features: Settings, including burner, disc size, TV format (NTSC or PAL) and zoom mode (letterbox, pan-and-scan, and stretch); Advanced, which let us further customize our settings; and DVD Menu, which includes options such as fonts and buttons. A helpful preview displays each page's content as thumbnails. The only glitch, if we can even call it that, came when we tried to load a video titled in non-Western characters. A pop-up message flagged the nonstandard video and advised us to close the clip and rename it, which we did. Subsequently, it loaded normally in the program's queue. You don't have to burn a disc right away: Free Movie DVD Maker will save your project as a DVD file you can burn later (we did both). The program's Help file includes sections specifically for Beginners and Advanced users.

We made our choices and clicked Burn. The program created our DVD in very respectable time, though of course your system's resources will bear on the overall speed. Each clip's progress was tracked in the main list. End result? Our finished DVD played normally in our DVD player.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 219 votes

    • 5 star: 55
    • 4 star: 58
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 68
  • Current version:

    1.2 stars

    out of 5 votes

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    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nag screens on DVD"

    March 27, 2014  |   By mikel99

    Version: Free Movie DVD Maker 3.8

    Pros

    It does let you create a movie DVD.

    Cons

    DVD created with nag screens - very distracting. This was not indicated in any way in the description.

    Summary

    Shareware, not freeware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program is free with less than basic function"

    February 28, 2014  |   By os101king

    Version: Free Movie DVD Maker 3.8

    Pros

    None, really. Beyond Windows DVD maker. None that can be seen in the free version.

    Cons

    Deceitful marketing. Screw you, CNET for giving it a free description with no caveats.

    Summary

    Program worked, but free version adds an ad for itself before every scene. Can't save projects. Useless. Worse than that, deceitful marketing. Buy another if you buy, f**k these greedy pricks.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "what you expect.."

    January 22, 2014  |  

    Version: Free Movie DVD Maker 3.8

    Pros

    freeware..

    Cons

    The Installaton opens in Temprorary Files..and Windows Stops it from installing Files..this thing is Full of Viruses not Pros..

    Summary

    I assume CNet should Provide more accurate addresses..

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolute garbage"

    December 24, 2013  |   By fr8trainPL

    Version: Free Movie DVD Maker 3.8

    Pros

    Nothing...

    Cons

    Ads...ads everywhere.

    Summary

    I expected there to be ads at the beginning of video, but this crap actually inserts them between every clip...I wanted to make a thirty minute video from random videos I have on my computer, but the hundreds of ads made the video impossible to watch.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Free software wooo"

    December 23, 2013  |   By SE_5

    Version: Free Movie DVD Maker 3.8

    Pros

    easy install
    Fast and easy to add videos and or pictures

    Cons

    1. Advertisement embedded in the beginning of the DVD ( not it does not tell you this is going to be added.
    2 labeled as free software when it should be label as shareware.

    Summary

    Alas another free software that isn't actually free. Free software developers make their application well and for free maybe donations. This type of Free insult the user work by without their knowledge add an advertisement to the beginning of the video saying pay money to get rid of me. this is not free in my definition. this is why i rated this software a one. Had the software been properly labeled as free with limitations / advertisement, or at the very least a notice that the DVD would be embedded i might have rated this a three, but again to me it is not worthy.

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