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I'm playing with the Windows 7 beta.  It includes a DVD Maker program.  There is no Movie Maker in the beta, but Windows Live has a Movie Maker beta for download (more Internet/cloud features, but not the same as Movie Maker for XP).  The DVD Maker too is limited.  You can add movies to a project, adjust a few options (4:3 vs. 16:9, etc.), select a menu style and go.  A major problem I have is that many of my movies from my Sony HDD Handycam are short segments.  I may have 10 short segments of soccer game, which DVD Maker turns into 10 chapters on the DVD.  Thus, when watching the final output on my TV, there is this big wacky pause between scenes.  With Movie Maker for XP you can stitch together these segments, provide your own transitions, and select your chapter breaks - but you couldn't write to a DVD. 

Adding the ability to write to a DVD in Windows 7 is great, especially for the home user (think PC vs. Mac).  Other features are very home/family based.  But DVD Maker as it currently stands is but a toy. 

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 8:29 AM | Back to top


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Too bad you missed out on Vista - I have been making good movies for years. I only hope "Live Movie Maker" lives up to its predecessor (it currently does not).
Left by Joe on Jan 27, 2009 6:12 PM

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I've never been able to get DVD Maker on Vista (or Win 7) to work. It always fails to add avi files or complete the burn.
Left by Stan on Mar 22, 2009 2:27 PM

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I just burned a dvd using Windows 7 DVD maker and i chose the 16:9 aspect ratio but when testing the finished dvd it played back in 4:3... Its a downloaded movie and when i watch the movie on my computer it plays in what looks like a widescreen format 16:9, so I chose this option in the options menu but the final dvd plays back all squished in a 4:3... hmm
Left by Dhirender on Jul 01, 2009 11:26 PM

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Windows 7 DVD Maker works great with Flipshare produced movies. Flipshare encodes its movies in .wmv from the original .mp4 files. DVD Maker encodes in DVD format. Both encoding session took a long time, even with an OC Q9550 (3.8ghz). Otherwise the result came out great.
Left by Sam on Jul 09, 2009 9:26 AM

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Hello there.
I'm trying to use Windows 7 DVD Maker. But i didn't yet. Because there were some problems. I mean when I do everything and the project is ready to burn, in burning get an error. So what I have to do?
Left by Amir Farkhad on Jul 10, 2009 5:44 AM

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Seriously Microsoft really needs to get more dvd friendly. Traditionally in the past the ms player is terrible almost worth less. If they are playing around with a maker it's way over due. Hopefully they can do a better job than what they have in the past.
Left by Ray on Sep 30, 2009 3:46 AM

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i have the 7600 enterprise build (latest public test release) and have 3 seperate avi files and the maker sets everyting up well and the preview looks great the burn goes smooth till the last second when it trys to tell me my disc is bad(brand new dvd -r)or that my burner is bad(it burnt the iso of win 7 no prob lol)so conclusion is that it still sucks....
Left by steve on Oct 01, 2009 12:25 AM

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I also have the issue with Windows DVD maker (Windows 7), where I burn using 16:9 settings, but movie gets 'squashed' horizontally when viewing the DVD.

I've read many formums with users having this problem - but still no fix.

Anyone solved this one?
Left by Signum on Oct 08, 2009 8:24 AM

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Are you sure that the video files you are adding to the DVD Maker project are in 16:9 format? If you are exporting from Movie Maker, for example, you need to make sure that the Movie Maker output settings are 16:9. This is in addition to setting DVD Maker to 16:9.
Left by Chuck on Oct 23, 2009 4:21 PM

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Win 7 DVD Maker is missing my wish about .mov movies. Too bad, I need them. Interesting, Media center plays .mov files!!
Left by lZr on Oct 31, 2009 4:56 AM

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You must first put the movie file in Movie Maker and chaneg the settings to 16:9 then put the movie in the storyboard and save project as then you go to DVD maker and add that file and make sure the DVD maker settings are also 16:9
Left by Justin on Nov 27, 2009 11:18 AM

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The DVD maker was working pretty good on me, I decided to put all of my old home dvd in one solid copy and different lay out on each one of them and the scenes came out perfectly find as I run each slide shows. But after messing around with my sounds and trying to use my voice recognition it stops responding. Does anybody knows what should I do? The instructions aren't very clear on troubleshooting.
Left by Rachel on Jan 19, 2010 9:18 PM

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I have tried changing the settings before and after selecting the file, mine never actually change, although the changes appear to have been accepted. This goes for all the settings, you always get 4:3, menu at the beginning, ntfc, no matter when or what changes you enter. Not ready for prime time!
Left by Frank on Mar 30, 2010 7:58 PM

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thanks for this.
Left by karla romero on Apr 03, 2010 3:43 PM

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I made a dvd with 20 different clips but when viewing play back on dvd I only see 6 menue options not an doption for each clip. Is there any way to have more than six menues?
Left by Benny on Mar 20, 2011 9:44 PM

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