Free Alternative Friday explores various free (or very cheap) tools, apps, and utilities you can use instead of the expensive, mainstream alternative. Think Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office, and you’ll be on the right track. This week we’re looking at DVD Flick, a free and open source DVD authoring tool that also converts your video files to the appropriate format.
You’ve got of options for getting media from your computer to your television set without going to the trouble of burning stuff to a DVD, but sometimes a DVD is the only thing that will work. Unfortunately, your (totally legal, and absolutely not stolen, right?) videos might be in a vvariety of different file formats, sizes, and aspect ratios, which means a lot of conversion and fiddling around. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just drag everything into one program and it did the rest? Well…
DVD Flick Features:
If you have some videos in various files and want to get them burned to a playable disc, you’ve got a project on your hands. Or you would, were it not for this useful little tool. Not only will it automatically re-encode your videos to the appropriate format, but it will also burn the disc for you. One stop shopping.
- Supports a massive number of video and audio codecs
- Drag and drop simplicity
- Automatically converts the video to the appropriate format for a playable DVD
- Add simple menus
- Add subtitles
- Add chapters
- Multiple audio tracks
- Change video aspect ratio
- Burns the disc with the same program
- Creates ISO files
DVD Flick Requirements:
- Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or 7
- At lease 256 MB of RAM, although 512 is required for Vista and recommended elsewhere
- Pentium MMX of higher (or comparable AMD processor), although a Pentium IV is recommended
DVD Flick is a Windows-only application, but here’s a list of some alternatives for Mac users.