The Sony Vaio series of PCs are a very popular moderately priced line of computers designed for home use. All current models of these computers come loaded with DVD-RW drives and copies of Windows (in its various forms). This makes the Sony Vaio an ideal computer to make your own DVDs. Using the tools already installed on the computer, as well as some free software, you will be able to make your own DVD with ease.
1. Capture your digital video. The first step to making a DVD is to get the video footage you want imported into digital format. If you have downloaded video from another source, then your media is already in a digital form. However, if you have recorded your video on a video camera, you will need to connect it to the computer, and select the “capture video” link from the left sidebar.
2. Edit your video. Using Windows Movie Maker, you can paste clips, add sounds and create transitions using the simple tools that the program offers. For more on editing videos in Windows Movie Maker, see the Resource section.
3. Save the completed video as a .wmv by selecting “Save to My Computer” under the “Finish Movie” tab on the left side of the screen. Make sure to save it in a place where you will remember, because we will need to come back to this file.
4. Download a free DVD burning program. A popular choice is Free Movie DVD Maker. There is a link to the download site in the Resource section. Once the program has been downloaded, double click on it to install.
5. Import the video into Free Movie DVD Maker by pressing the “Import” button. In addition to the clip you just made, Free Movie DVD Maker also lets you add other clips that can play sequentially. Once you have added all of the clips you want, press the “Next” button to order them.
6. Finish the DVD. Once you have ordered your clips, insert a blank DVD-R or DVD-RW into your Sony Vaio’s DVD-RW drive. Then click the finish button to burn the DVD. When the movie has been burned onto the DVD, it will eject automatically.