Pros / This software has a very basic interface that anyone can easily learn.
Cons / It doesn't have the ability to create a disc menu, and the quality of the burned disc is substandard.
Verdict / The product’s minimalist charm is overshadowed by a limited toolset and inferior picture quality.
Mastering DVD authoring software applications can be a tough task depending on your skill level. If you're new to DVD creators, consider purchasing VideoPad Master's Edition. This DVD maker is simple to use, compatible with all your video files and creates menus for your discs that give your homemade DVD that professional feel.
A usable interface that's accessible to beginners is crucial to any DVD maker; if an application is confusing or counterintuitive, the user won't get past the initial setup process. The programmers of VideoPad Master's Edition understand this and have crafted a simple, instinctive interface that anyone can learn with little difficulty.
The actual editing tools found in VideoPad are quite basic. This is not a bad thing, especially if you have limited experience with non-linear video editing. The workflow is simple: You import your footage, drop what you want in the timeline, trim the clips and add your transitions or effects, export the video, then burn it onto a DVD.
The authoring tools in this application are also quite basic. When you're done editing your video, VideoPad burns it to a disc that will work in any player. However, you have no ability to build menus, extra videos or other features commonly found on commercially produced DVD movies. When you play the new disc, your video project will begin playing automatically. You do have the ability to add chapter markers so you can move forward and backward through the video, but that's of limited usefulness if there is no root menu or scene-selection screen.
The video quality of the DVDs created by VideoPad leaves a lot to be desired. During our testing, our video experts analyzed a test disc created by VideoPad and found serious flaws in the picture: Glaring compression artifact, pixelation and grain in the video detracted from the viewing experience.
Burning to a blank disc is only one of the export methods offered by this DVD maker. VideoPad also publishes your videos in a variety of other formats. Probably the most useful is social media integration. This software can upload your videos to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr right from within the interface. This is great if you love sharing your projects online.
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At the end of the day, if you're looking for a DVD authoring application that is easy to learn and use, then VideoPad Master's Edition is definitely worth considering. It's great for beginners and small projects that don't require a lot of polishing. However, the missing menu-creation feature and substandard video quality kept it out of the top tier of our review of the best DVD authoring software.