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How to make a photo DVD

Updated on October 23, 2010

The right software is the key

Get a good software program

Making a picture DVD at home can be a little daunting at times, but the memories that it will evoke are well worth the time and effort you put into it.  These are used at Graduation parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthday parties, Family gatherings, Baby books, and last but not least Funerals.

The first thing you are going to need is good software for your computer.  There are many different types to use.  The easiest I have found to use is called Muvee AutoProducer made by Muvee Technologies.  It is user friendly, in that each step is choreographed for you. 

Next, you will need photographs to work with.  If you have a digital camera with a memory chip and a portal for that, all you have to do is insert the chip and upload your pictures.  To make a DVD I recommend creating a new folder on your desk top, compiling all the pictures you want to use in your video in that one folder.  It makes it easier to find them once your muvee maker is open.  This particular software also allows you to upload actual videos that you have taken.  Include the video/videos you wish to use in that same new folder.  Once you have gotten all the pictures and video you wish to use, it’s time to open your Muvee AutoProducer

Easy to follow steps

A window will pop up giving you a brief run down of what you will be doing to make your movie, giving you at least 4 different steps.   You will need to x out of this, after reading. 

Your first step will be to add pictures or videos.  When you hover over the icons to the top right of the screen, each will tell you what it does, ie; Add video, add video from camera, or add pictures.  Click on one of these.  A window will pop up for you to make your selection.  Find the new folder you have created and begin adding your photos.  Once you make that first selection, each time after that the same window will pop up.  You can drag your pictures in the order you wish.  If you have included 1 video, bits of that video will play during your DVD, the software breaks it up into sections, provided you don’t put that in first.  Just slip it in after the first picture. 

Now it’s time to select your music.  Click on the music button, and a window will pop up, you may have to look for your music the first time you use this feature, after this the same window will pop up.  This feature is for music that you have downloaded onto your computer.

Next you will want to select your style, you can change it at any time.  Click title and credits, you will now be able to title your DVD any way you wish and end it the same.  For example:  (Title) To The Ones I love (credit) Your smoochiekins .  Now click Make Muvee.  This may take a few minutes as all information is processed, be patient.  When it is finished processing, your movie will automatically play.  At this time you can determine if pictures need to be changed around.  If you would like to focus on a particular scene in a photo click on the magnifying glass to do so.  This is the time to tweak your movie so it is just perfect.  After you have played it, save your movie, you never know when there will be a power failure.

Save your work!

Once you are certain that you are finished with your movie, you will want to click ‘save’ in the bottom right hand corner.  Now is the time if you have a DVD burner, to make it into a hard copy.  Click burn now load your blank disk into the proper drive and burn your DVD.

After you have finished, you may want to check it out and put it into your home DVD player to make sure all went well.

Good Luck and have fun! 

Lightscribe

If by chance you have lightscribe on your computer, there are some fairly cool DVD's that you can purchase to print on your labels. This is an easy program to use, self-explanatory. But when you are finished your project will look fairly professional!

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    • Sweetsusieg profile imageAUTHOR

      Sweetsusieg 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Oh yes, you always want to back up your pictures if at all possible. DVD's are a great way to do so! If you add music and some effects, you can have a great movie!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information. I like taking picture. I thought saving my work in DVD is a good idea, because DVD has large capacity. I'll bookmark this one. Thank you very much. Vote this Up.

      Prasetio

    • Sweetsusieg profile imageAUTHOR

      Sweetsusieg 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Awww, thank you Storytellersrus!! Your comments are always so kind and I appreciate that!

    • Storytellersrus profile image

      Barbara 

      7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Sweetsusieg, not only are you a great puppy lover, but you are also smart!

    • Sweetsusieg profile imageAUTHOR

      Sweetsusieg 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      It's great isn't it? I've been trying to figure out a way to upload one of my shorter ones on here, as an example. I have to change it to a different file type to upload it to youtube, not sure how to do that yet.

    • patdmania profile image

      patdmania 

      7 years ago from waterford, mi

      I will make photo dvd's for fun sometimes. They are very cool and fun to make. I put my dogs to some music and will show them off to my family.

    • Sweetsusieg profile imageAUTHOR

      Sweetsusieg 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, I love making these and of course I do it from time to time in my area for some extra $$, It does take time, I won't lie. That's why it costs the big bucks to order them.

      I have several that I have made for family and kids.

      Thanks for reading and commenting

    • drcrischasse profile image

      Cristopher Chasse 

      7 years ago from Boston

      FOR THE BIRTH OF MY SON WE MADE ALL OUR OWN DVD'S AND MAILED THEM WITH OUR BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS. IT WAS REALLY COOL!

    • LillyGrillzit profile image

      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for this Hub! This is the easiest explanation I have ever had on how to make a home movie on DVD. This is a great idea for the holidays, halloween coming up, and great bribery on the kids when they get older...hee hee.

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