Windows DVD Maker

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Windows DVD Maker
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Windows DVD Maker start page in Windows 7.
Windows DVD Maker start page in Windows 7.
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Windows DVD Maker was a DVD authoring utility developed by Microsoft, first released in 2007 in Windows Vista. The utility allows users to create DVD slideshows and videos for playback on media devices such as a DVD player. It is comparable to Apple's iDVD, which was released in 2001.[1][2]

DVD Maker has been removed as of Windows 8.[3]


Windows DVD Maker was first reported by Paul Thurrott during the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference of 2003. Thurrott stated that Windows Vista, then known by its codename "Longhorn," would support DVD movie creation "through an independent application, and not through the shell."[2][4] This information was accompanied by additional reports that Windows Vista would support all major DVD packet writing formats, such as Mount Rainier,[4][5] and would also eliminate the "staging and burning" steps while writing to optical media—files copied to recordable media would instead be written immediately.[2] The latter functionality is exposed via the Live File System.[6]


Windows DVD Maker is available on Home Premium, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista, as well as Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. It has a simple Aero Wizard-style user interface, which takes the user through the process of creating DVD-Video. The first step involves importing video files, arranging them to play in proper order. Windows DVD Maker automatically splits the videos into scenes that can be accessed from a special scene selection page in the DVD menu. In the next step, animated DVD menus can be added to the compilation. Windows DVD Maker can also add a slide show of pictures with a musical accompaniment and transition effects. Many of these are similar to the transition effects available in Windows Movie Maker. Users can also customize the font and button styles. The application can show an interactive preview of what the DVD will look and act like when it has been burned. For example, users can navigate the DVD menus, testing them.

Windows DVD Maker is designed to encode video as background process with reduced scheduling priority to ensure the computer remains responsive during the compilation process.[7]

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  1. ^ "Windows Vista February 2006 CTP (Build 5308) Review, Part 3: New Applications". IT Pro. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2018-06-03. Microsoft is finally setting its sites on iDVD with Windows DVD Maker.
  2. ^ a b c Thurrott, Paul (May 8, 2003). "WinInfo Short Takes: Week of May 12: WinHEC 2003 Special Edition". Windows IT Pro. Penton. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015. An iDVD competitor from Microsoft
  3. ^ "Windows DVD Maker in Windows 8!". Community. Microsoft. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Thurrott, Paul (May 13, 2003). "Microsoft Show Points Way to Future of PCs". Windows IT Pro. Penton. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Evers, Joris (May 9, 2003). "WinHEC: Next Windows to support all DVD writing formats". InfoWorld. IDG. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop". Safari Books Online. O'Reilly Media. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  7. ^ Windows DVD Maker Encoding Slow | This P.O.S