How to Create a DVD from Any Video File

Tim Watson 08-05-2009

dvd It used to be true that, to produce a DVD, one must have expensive equipment and machinery. Thanks to some nifty free software, the creation of a DVD suitable for play in your home theater is not only possible, but simple.


Today I’ll be showing you how to use the free DVD Flick to convert just about any video files to DVD format. DVD Flick supports a huge number of audio and video file formats. You may create DVDs from avi, vob, iso, wmv, mp4 and even Flash video (FLV) so that you may preserve that YouTube pirated movie cute cat video for generations.

For starters, we’ll need a good video file. In this example, I’ve downloaded the latest episode of Pure Pwnage, which is probably the greatest ever Internet show about pr0s who pwn n00bs @ g4m3z. If you can read that last part, you might have already seen the show. Moving on.

(photo credit: Silvio Tanaka)


Open DVD Flick and click the New Project button. You should have a blank canvas before you. Click Add title on the right side and pick your video files. You can select multiple files and create multiple titles, but we’re going to stick with one to make it simple. Now, select your title and hit the Edit title button on the right.


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This is where you’ll be doing a lot of your customization. You’re going to want to name the video and make sure that it’s set at the correct aspect ratio. Under Chapters, you can specify the length of each chapter. For something feature-length this could be five or ten minutes, but for a video this short, I’ve set my chapters at two minutes. Under Audio and Video sources, you may wish to include a different angle of a shot, if available, or an alternate audio track, such as commentary.

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Under the Project settings button you’ll find more options to fine-tune your DVD. If you plan on opening this project again later, you may want to give it a title. Your Target size will likely not change from 4.3GB DVD, unless you’ve bought some special-format disks. For simplicity’s sake, and from my own experience, I suggest going for a 4.3GB DVD-R or DVD-RW for maximum compatibility. Under Video, please be sure that your Target video format is appropriate for your region. For the Americas, select NTSC. For just about everywhere else, choose PAL. Finally, under Burning, check the box next to Burn project to disc.



Under Menu settings, you may select your preferred template, with options such as forcing audio track selection. You may preview the menu to make sure that it navigates the right way. Once you have everything set the way you want it, it’s time to hit the Create DVD button.

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It may take some time for the process to complete, especially with larger video files. As a rule of thumb, expect the DVD to be completed in about the same time you’d spend watching the whole DVD. If you’re working with big files, this might be something you want to have running overnight when you’re sleeping.  It was quite nice of the developers to include a Tetris game to pass the time. Just hit that little Entertain me button.


DVD Flick makes DVD authoring ridiculously easy. I’m creating a PP season one DVD as I type this, and it couldn’t have been much easier. There are other options, and we’d be happy to hear them in the comments.

As for me, I’m off to pwn some n00bs.

Related topics: CD-DVD Tool, File Conversion, Video Editor.

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  1. Khoi Truong
    December 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Man I love this site. Thanks for the tips, I just made a custom DVD for a nice christmas gift

  2. elina
    November 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

    here i know a total video converter
    it can convert video to dvd supported format

  3. Will Robinson
    September 23, 2009 at 6:55 am

    ^ ^ ^ is wondering whether most people realise that this is a free site which mentions free things and yet people are still offering up alternatives which have a price tag (are they new here?).

    Anywho, great post Tim, I'll give this a shot, thanks!

  4. flv to dvd
    September 23, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I always use Moyea FLV to Video Converter to convert flv to mpeg for dvd,
    If you don't know how to do that, take a look at this step by step guide, it willteach you how to put flv video to dvd
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    i hope it can be helpful to you.

  5. photomix
    September 2, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Wondershare Video to DVD Burner often works fine for me. It can burn most pop format video to DVD, such as MKV to DVD, AVI to DVD, FLV to DVD etc.

  6. Sharqle
    August 10, 2009 at 4:46 am

    According to my experience, Aimersoft DVD Decrypting + Authoring Pack from

  7. lily
    June 12, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I also use ConvertXtoDVD. Nothing beats this app !

  8. doomble
    June 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    good information , i'm very helpful with your article

  9. 1fastbullet
    June 1, 2009 at 12:30 am

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  10. tipat
    May 15, 2009 at 1:30 am

    I usually use VSO to compile 1 or more movies onto dvd but that one looks cool too, might check it out.


  11. Chickenwuss
    May 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I'm trying to burn multiple .mkv files to DVD and I wonder if this is possible with this program in such a way that I can watch it all on my regular DVD player. If so, how can I do that?

  12. Ibrahim Ali
    May 9, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I've used DVDFlick before for quite a while -- sometimes the DVD would play in my home DVD -- sometimes that fickle player would give me a blank "No Disc". This was before I found Devede on my Ubuntu OS which really worked. After I downloaded the Win XP version of this program, everything worked like a charm.

    This program allows you to pack more movies (3 or 4) by changing the video and audio bit-rate and enables you to create simple menus --- a feature the DVDFlick lacks. It converts all media types including FLV files into DVD ISO file. After the operation is completed, all you have to do is burn the file using ImgBurn, InfraRecorder or other ISO burner onto the DVD.

  13. Chris
    May 9, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I use ConvertXtoDVD. Im actually using it RIGHT NOW ha. Its dead simple to use. Just drop the file in, click convert, and wait for a DVD to pop out. Usually takes about an hour and 45 minutes, since I like mine high quality ;)

    • Tony
      May 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

      Yeah, ConvertXtoDVD is the best IMO also. I used to be a Nero fan, but needed something simple, and ConvertXto DVD has NEVER given me any problems. Drag the video in the window, change the title, and perfect DVD burn every time.

    • Tharbad
      May 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm

      CovertXtoDVD isn't free - $49.99 so while you think its better you should also inform everyone of that little detail. Yes they have a free trial - but it puts a watermark on your video.

    • colarmac
      September 3, 2009 at 9:49 am

      Yes, convertxtodvd is my favorite DVD burning software. it works pretty well for me. I think it well worth the money. I found a step by step guide about how to use convertxtodvd

  14. Jog
    May 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Hey man.
    The link isn't working.

  15. bkimax
    May 8, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Good post. I don't know if you guys have covered it yet, but FAVC also does a pretty good job. I wouldn't say I've found major differences between the two besides the interface, but with FAVC it is easier to put in a custom menu background.