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How to convert all video formats to DVD using ConvertXToDVD    

The top program in our downloads database, based in number of times downloaded, is no other than DivXToDVD. Now you may ask why I mention that in this guide! Well the reason is no other than the fact that ConvertXToDVD is VSO Software's premium conversion software, replacing DivXToDVD which has ceased development.

What does it offer? Improved speed, support of dozens of formats (including avi, mpg, mov, wmv, mkv, ogm and more!), menu and subtitles support, build-in DVD burner, DVD to DVD copy, DV (digital camera format) to DVD conversion, both NTSC and PAL formats and conversion between them. And all these in a user-friendly yet powerful enviroment we will clarify in this guide. Before you ask, yes I do believe its the best all-to-DVD converter out there, and I've tried many, from the freeware to the most expensive one.

Step 1

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This is the main ConvertXToDVD windows. 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.

Step 2

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What we will set here is the working folder, which is the folder that ConvertXToDVD will save the DVD files before burning them to a DVD. Make sure that the drive that the folder is in has at least 5GB free and set the working folder. (1) We will set the rest of the settings in the next steps, so for now click OK. (2)

Step3

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We are back to the main windows and its time to add some file to our DVD. Click the add button and select the file or files you want to convert.

Step4

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The files are now added as you see, however we will deal with their settings later. First comes the DVD's menu. Click the little cross (1) to reveal all options for the Menu item. Lets see the options one by one. First you can set the DVD title that will appear on the top of the menu by double-clicking on it (2) and setting the name (3). Next, you can set the background image by double clicking on Background and select the image you want to use (there are many nice one in ConvertXToDVD's folder and you can use any of your own pictures you want).

Auto start playback will auto-begin playing the first video when you enter the DVD in the player instead of showing the menu, Loop playback can be used if you want the DVD to repeat playback indefinitely by default and Sequential playback will play all videos in a row instead of returning back in the menu. The two font settings can be used to set the font and size of the menu's Title and Items.


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Right next comes the video properties. First you can see that the audio of each video has been automatically imported (1) 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 Channel. You can also click on each audio channel and set the language. Then we move to the subtitle settings. Right click on 0 Subtitle Stream and select Add Subtitle Channel (2) in order to add as many subtitle streams as you like. After you add them you can set the language and font size settings. Please note that if the subtitles are in the same desktop and have the same filename as the video they'll be automatically added. Finally you can review the Chapters and add more if you like as well as change the Menu text 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.

 


Step6

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We are finally ready to convert. You may want of course to preview your DVD before you start converting. To do that click the Preview button (1) and you can take a look at the whole DVD, including the menus. When you decide you are satisfied with the result click Convert (2) to start the converting process! Make sure you put an empty DVD in your DVD burner drive as well.

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When the conversion has finished a window like this will pop-up where you can select some settings about the burning (1) and change the volume name (2). When you are done click Burn (3). Keep in mind that this window will only be open for about 30secs since the conversion finishes and if you are not around it will start burning the DVD automatically so you don't really have to worry about this step as the default settings are fine.

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Finally burning finishes and your new DVD is ready for your player!