How does one format a video for DVD

  • 2
  • Question
  • Updated 3 years ago
Do you have suggestions for creating videos which are compatible with commercial DVD players? The tutorial focus' too heavily on the web, but most of my videos require a DVD player. I'll show the class a movie, and the last thing in the world I want them doing is playing on the web.
Photo of DDay

DDay

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 7 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Conan Heiselt

Conan Heiselt, Employee

  • 493 Posts
  • 71 Reply Likes
Hi,

To begin with, before you start editing your video, be sure to adjust the canvas size (Edit > Adjust Canvas...) to the correct size. In NTSC zones (e.g. the Americas, Japan, etc.) this will be 720x480. In PAL zones (e.g. Europe, Africa, most of Asia, etc.) it's 720x576.

Export each video you'll want on the DVD--the standard "Export..." from the Share menu should be just fine, but you may want to bump of the quality to about 75%.

In order to put video on a DVD, you'll need software (e.g. iDVD) to create the menus and burn it. Since these programs vary widely, you'll need to check out their tutorials/help on importing the videos you've just exported, setting up the DVD, and burning it.

Does that help?

Conan.
Photo of LaTonya McRae

LaTonya McRae

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
When you say "but uou may want to bump of the quality to about 75%", how do I do that before burning the video to DVD.  Please explain how am should go about bumping up the quality of my video. 
Thank you.
Photo of brucerothwell

brucerothwell

  • 298 Posts
  • 84 Reply Likes
"When you say 'but you may want to bump of the quality to about 75%', how do I do that before burning the video to DVD."

That is done when you publish/share from Camtasia to a file (render) -- there is a quality setting you can adjust.
Photo of Trista Brown

Trista Brown

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Change the video to H.264 MP4 format video. Believe me, H.264 mp4 is the most common format, that can be supported by any devices and video sharing sites. 
Photo of sunk818

sunk818

  • 5 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Try DVDStyler - Its a DVD authoring software. It is free and open source: http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/

You don't really need to format a video. You may need to convert a video to a format a DVD authoring software will recognize, but most should be able to transcode automatically regardless of the video file you throw at it.

If your DVD authoring software can't convert the video automatically, you can use another free took called HandBrake. If you know command line, ffmpeg is also another free option.
Photo of brucerothwell

brucerothwell

  • 298 Posts
  • 84 Reply Likes
Handbrake is awesome, and is free.

Also, I could not get DVDStyler to run on my Mac, running El Captian.
(Edited)
Photo of Rick Voight

Rick Voight

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
Hi, will DVDStyler burn an mpeg4 to a dvd?  I've burned a video and the resulting dvd will not play on my dvd player.  Thanks for your help!
Photo of brucerothwell

brucerothwell

  • 298 Posts
  • 84 Reply Likes
FYI: The format that is required for a DVD is "MPEG-2", and when you use a program to create the DVD, it will usually convert the video to MPEG-2 for you.

But like sunk818 said, grab Handbrake.... it useful for many things.