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DVD Authoring


What is DVD Authoring?

DVD authoring is the process creating a DVD disk which is playable on a DVD player. This disk can include graphics and interactive audio-visual content. These options might include:

  • Opening Logo (can be animated)
  • Main Menu Page or Splash Screen
  • Index or Scene Selection screens
  • Animated Background screens
  • Special Effects
  • Background Music
  • Slide Shows

It can also incorporate audio options such as stereo or 5-channel surround sound, multiple video formats, and other features. DVD authoring is usually only used on audiovisual DVDs and not on music disks or other types of CDs.


An unauthored DVD is a linear video. Presentations, digital video, photography, or film is committed to the DVD, but it is not formatted to be interactive. The viewer must watch the content in a linear fashion from start to finish, or use directional play buttons to move forward or backward through content. Though linear viewing might be fine for some projects, menu-driven DVDs provide a professional touch, greater flexibility, and many practical advantages.

For example, your company might use a DVD as a marketing tool in place of less effective forms of advertising. Statistics reportedly show that people are more likely to view a CD or DVD than to read flyers or other advertising materials. DVD authoring allows a potential customer to surf a DVD from a main menu to find areas of immediate interest. An authored DVD can even include active hyperlinks when viewed on a computer with Internet access.

As a self-promotion tool, DVDs have endless applications. Artists can create virtual galleries of their work and use DVD authoring tools to construct "a main plaza" from which to enter one of "several rooms" to view pieces. Musicians can create music videos and include band interviews or upcoming gig dates. Depending on one's field, an authored DVD might even be used to present a resume, such as showcasing previous experience in PowerPoint-style presentations or original advertising material. Any talent or profession that translates visually can be expressed artfully and powerfully on DVD.


DESKWERKS utilizes professional level authoring tools of all categories of depending upon user needs and budget constaints. Some DVD authoring tools we utilize include Sonic's ReelDVD, DVDIt and Adobe's Encore, among others.

Whether a film maker using DVD authoring tools to include director's narratives, special cuts, or alternate endings; a student making a school project; or a homemaker archiving the family history through photos, film, and slides; DESKWERKS can use DVD authoring tools to make your DVD impressive, flexible, and professional.