Putting video and pictures on a DVD will allow you to share memories with friends and family with ease. There are many ways to do this, and plenty of easy-to-use computer programs that take the user through the process step-by-step. However, for complete control of the order of the pictures and video, the best method is through basic video editing, which does not require great technical expertise.
Sharing Photos and Videos
1. Connect the camera to the computer. Depending on the type of camera, the method will vary, but most still photo digital cameras interface with the computer using either a USB cord or through a removable memory card that you insert into a memory card reader. Video cameras often connect through a Firewire, which, according to PC World, transfer data at up to 400 megabits per second, making it a preferable alternative to the much slower USB port for video transfer.
2. Transfer the video or photo data to the hard drive. For still photos, this is a simple task. Simply open the camera, which should appear either on the desktop or in the “My Computer” area under removable drives, and find the folder containing the photos. Then, drag the photos to an appropriately named folder on the desktop. You may be able to follow the same procedure for video if the camera automatically converts video to readable files, but if not you will need to skip this step and import video directly into a video editing program.
3. Import photo and video data into a video editing program. The program can be something simple, such as the free Windows Movie Maker or iMovie for Mac users. Pull down the file menu and click “import.” If you have already transferred the data to a folder on the desktop, simply highlight this data and import it. If the video camera did not allow you to import directly to the desktop, it might be necessary to pull down the file menu and press “log and capture.” This will allow the computer to interface with the camera and download the footage from the tape to the computer. Once this step is completed, all the necessary data should be in the media library section of the editing program.
4. Drag relevant media into the timeline. The timeline of the video editing program will allow you to see where the pictures and video will be in relation to each other chronologically. This is where you have a chance to be creative and create a slideshow, or a video with pictures mixed in. Most basic editing programs have transitions that you can use to fade or wipe between one photograph and the next. You also should be able to add music by dragging a music file into the timeline as well. And a cutting tool will allow you to delete unwanted footage.
5. Export the project to a DVD. Once you are satisfied with what you see in the editing timeline, pull down the “export” menu from the top of the program. Look for an option that says “Export to DVD” and select it. The program will then prompt you to insert a blank DVD. Follow the prompt, and then press “OK.” The video and photo project you have created will begin encoding for DVD, and then it will burn to the DVD. Once this process has completed, a prompt may ask if you want to close or finalize the disc. This means that no further alterations will be possible to the DVD. Click “yes,” and shortly thereafter the DVD will eject, and you should have a disc full of photos and videos ready to play on any DVD player.