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Using Windows DVD Maker (Windows 7, Vista)

This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers that came with Windows DVD Maker.
Use this document for basic help when using Windows DVD Maker to record your video files to DVD.
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Creating and recording a movie file DVD
Windows DVD Maker is a program that allows you to quickly combine video, picture, and audio files to create a DVD movie file and then record it to a DVD disc. If you want to edit your video files first, use another program like CyberLink PowerDirector or Windows Movie Maker.
For more information about Windows DVD Maker, click Start , click All Programs, and then click Windows DVD Maker. Click the question mark () icon to open Windows Help and Support.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Windows DVD Maker
The DVD I created has serious playback quality problems. What can I do to fix it?
Windows DVD Maker allows for filters. A filter is supplemental code that changes the audio or video output when the audio or video is processed. For example, a filter might brighten or sharpen video for certain types of Mpeg4 files, or add compression to an audio stream to decrease your file size. Filters get installed with other DVD and movie editing software applications. Some filters are incompatible with Windows DVD Maker and can cause playback problems, for example video that plays upside-down, lack of audio, audio that is too high-pitched, and more.
To fix playback problems associated with filters, click Options, click the Compatibility tab, and remove filter selections.
What do I do when the file that I recorded has no sound?
To ensure that the computer can receive sound, check that the audio cable connection is properly connected to the sound card, and that the line-in on your Windows volume control is not muted.
What is the difference between one-hour and two-hour DVD media?
One-hour DVD media is a single-layer, single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 4.7 GB of data. Two-hour DVD media is a double-layer, single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.
I created a DVD but it does not play on my home DVD player.
Determine which media you used (DVD-RW/R or DVD+RW/R), and make sure that your home DVD player supports that type of media. Many newer DVD players can support both formats, but some older players may not.
Why do I get a message stating the media is not ready when I try to create a DVD?
Make sure that you have the disc properly seated inside the drive with the correct side up, and verify that the media format is supported by your drive.


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