I'm looking for a no-cost (or very low cost) DVD authoring tool for Windows.
I've already got video that I shot and edited myself with another piece of software, and I've encoded it correctly for DVD. I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to import videos, as well as some still photos, and create a menu screen that will allow me to choose to between videos or slideshows to play. I'd like to be able to create submenus, so that a menu choice will go to a screen with more choices.
This tool doesn't need to actually burn the DVD, but I'd like it to output a VIDEO_TS folder that I can use with another tool (such as CDBurnerXP) to actually burn the disc.
I've used Sony DVD Architect in the past to do this, which does everything I need it to do, except that this time I am looking for a much less expensive solution. Windows DVD Maker, included with Windows, is too limiting: I am unable to create nested submenu screens, and I am unable to customize slideshows enough for my liking.
- Create custom menu screens, with custom still backgrounds
- Create submenu screens
- Include multiple videos on one disc
- Create customizable slideshows from a collection of still photos
- No watermarking or ads added to the output
I mentioned that I've used Sony DVD Architect in the past; that was DVD Architect Pro that is bundled with the Sony Vegas Pro video editor and lists for $600 USD. I see now that Sony offers a consumer product called Sony DVD Architect Studio for $40, and from what I can tell, this will do what I need it to do, although it is not the free solution I was hoping for. I would still like to learn about recommendations for less expensive options.