DVD Authoring Software and USB Autorun to Play Videos

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own CDs, DVDs or USB Flash drives that automatically launch menus when placed into the drive, the way commercial software CDs/DVDs do, read on.

Free Autorun/Autoplay DVD and CD Menu Creation Software:

  • Compact AutoRunner
  • MediaCD
  • AutoRun Maker
  • CD Portal
  • Tiny AutoRun
  • AutoRun Constructor

Instant DVD also includes Pixela's Capty DVD authoring software, which lets you customise backgrounds, text, and buttons. USB Instant DVD is a good option for Mac users who want to make their own DVDs but don’t have iDVD or DVD Studio Pro.

Building a DVD from the ground up is often a difficult and long drawn out process. The first step is to load all the elements you want included in the final product into the DVD creation software you choose. Then you can get to the business of editing your video. Learning how to use DVD making software effectively takes a while, but it’s worth the investment if you want to create a professional outcome. Here are some DVD movie makers that perform best:

  • CyberLink PowerDirector
  • Corel VideoStudio
  • Pinnacle Studio

Best Free DVD Authoring Software

Free software implementations often lack encryption and region coding due to licensing restrictions and may not be suitable for mass-market use.

  • AVStoDVD
  • Bombono DVD
  • Burn
  • DeVeDe
  • DVDAuthorGUI
  • DVD Flick
  • DVDStyler
  • 'Q' DVD-Author
  • SmallDVD
  • WinX DVD Author
  • Open DVD Producer

Professional studio and corporate software

  • Sony Creative Software DVD Architect Pro
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro
  • Sonic DVDit Pro
  • Adobe Encore CS6
  • Sonic DVD Creator
  • Mediachance DVD-lab PRO
  • Sony Creative Software DVD Architect Pro
  • Adobe Encore CS6
  • Sonic Scenarist
  • Mediachance DVD-lab PRO

How to use a USB Drive like a DVD Video Disc

There is a cool way to setup your promotional USB drive to act like a DVD on your PC.

First you have to preform a drive substitution for your USB. This makes it appear a separate DVD drive to your operating system.

You can setup multiple DVDs on your USB by copying each movie into a folder of its own, Then you simple do the drive substitution for the particular folder with the movie in that you want to watch. Once done you should be able to watch your video straight from the custom USB as you would had you simply inserted a DVD disc into your computer.


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