Anyone Burning DVD's?

I just got a new Sony Vaio computer, 1000x better than my piece of sh*t home made PC, and it comes with "Click to DVD" allowing me to burn DVD's. It's a blast, really. But I've found the Click to DVD software to be quite limiting. Anyone know of any other programs out there for DVD creation?

Edit:
I have Adobe Premiere to edit my video, but I'm looking for something to create fancy menu's as well as something that offers kick ass transitions and background music.

Oh and the "free-er" the better.

Nero Burning ROM handles DVD as well IIRC.

Will Nero allow me to set up multiple chapters, etc?

I think I even have a copy of that. I''ll have to check this lead out.

"Pulse" wrote:
I just got a new Sony Vaio computer, 1000x better than my piece of sh*t home made PC, and it comes with ""Click to DVD"" allowing me to burn DVD''s. It''s a blast, really. But I''ve found the Click to DVD software to be quite limiting. Anyone know of any other programs out there for DVD creation?

Edit:
I have Adobe Premiere to edit my video, but I''m looking for something to create fancy menu''s as well as something that offers kick ass transitions and background music.

Oh and the ""free-er"" the better. :o

Try out Ulead http://www.ulead.com/dmf/runme.htm I have heard good thigns about it. Also the new MS Movie maker thing is supposed to be pretty slick.

Just a note on Ulead though, I was pretty unhappy with there picture to CD software, or at least parts of it. They still have not managed to fix it''s inability to read a large number of MP3 files that otherwise work fine so if something is not working right in the Demo version to expect them to ever actually fix it. As I paying customer I''m still a little miffed.

Thanks for the feedback griffon!

Ok, when I said I was burnging DVD''s I never actually hit the ""Burn"" button. I had all of my clips, slideshows, background music all in place in ""Click to DVD"". Everything was set up nice and perfect. I put in my Maxell blank DVD-R and hit ""Burn""

I couldn''t get the smile off of my face.

Then I got a message saying ""Please insert a disk in Drive F"" I had a blank DVD-R in drive F. Tried another disk, same error. The smile was gone.

Think it could be the media?

could be, some burners have problems with certain media, watch out what you buy. Especially on Ebay you get medias that are only writeable to half of the original size. Bad manufacturing.

Danke, Chrisg.

I''ll try another type tonight, but this is getting expensive.

I had no problems so far with the Intenso DVD-R nor the Traxdata ones. I don''t know if these are available to you. Traxdata is 2 Euros per piece and Instenso is 1.50 Euros. At work we had a spindle of Princo''s that were even cheaper. But they were bad quality. These are the medias you can only safely write on up to 2 Gigs :). Afterwards any of the two the burner or the program hangs.
I used Pioneer and Hitachi burners so far. What burner do you have?

"Pulse" wrote:
Danke, Chrisg.

I''ll try another type tonight, but this is getting expensive.

You might check out http://cdmediaworld.com/hardware/cdr... for media information. One blank DVD''s cost about a buck that is when I''ll be interested in getting a DVD burner, pretty much was when a CD-r became attractive to me.

Good DVD-R Media can be bougth for $2 each here in Australia if you buy a pack of 50 - that generally translates to approx $1 US.

Shame that a good DVD burner is around $700 AU otherwise I would grab one.

Thanks for all the feedback! The URL''s and product suggestions are awesome.

Well, Maxell DVD-R''s dont seem to work with my burner, but Memorex ones seem to work just fine.

I made the mistake of asking the clerk at Staples if there was a difference between the two. I''ve never had so much smoke blown up my ass.

"Pulse" wrote:
Thanks for all the feedback! The URL''s and product suggestions are awesome.

Well, Maxell DVD-R''s dont seem to work with my burner, but Memorex ones seem to work just fine.

I made the mistake of asking the clerk at Staples if there was a difference between the two. I''ve never had so much smoke blown up my ass.

Heh sorry but folks working retail usually don''t have a clue unless it''s from personal experience, and the ones with clue are usually not there long at all (I know I started there long ago during high school,and I had little or no clue comparatively to today), abstract that one layer back to stores that are not even really tech stores and your chance of finding a clue-full person is many MANY times removed, since the clue-full ones are just as likely to be moping the toilets out in back as on the floor where they might be useful.
I was in fry''s the other listening to some sales guy try and sell this old man all this fire wire crap when all he really needed was a cable for his dv camera... it was really sad, sales guy almost grasped what he was talking about but not really, that type of peon is even worse then the one with no clue, boy how dangerous can a little knowledge be, at least to the unsuspecting customer.
I don''t mean to bash people working retail, everybody has to start somewhere after all, and it all spends the same. I just wish if folks have no clue, that they just say so, or only use anecdotal arguments like I get returns on the foo product but never the bar. Instead of trying to sound like puffed up experts because somebody actually asked them a mundane question that could not be delved by starting at a box/package for a few minutes.

I''ve seen and experienced such horror stories as well. Not only in retail, but also in tech support. I have some great tech support stories, both when I used to work in it, and when I''ve had to call it, which is always a last resort.

Just makes you appreciate it even more when you find someone who knows what the hell they are doing.