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DVD Styler is a crossplatform GUI frontend to the dvd authoring and recording programs dvdauthor and dvdrecord. The main DVDStyler features are: creation and burning DVD video with interactive menus,* support of AVI, MPEG and other file formats, support of MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MP2, MP3, AC-3 and other audio and video formats, using MPEG and VOB files without reencoding, allows put files with different audio/video format on one DVD (support of titleset), user-friendly interface with support of drag & drop, flexible menu creation on the basis of scalable vector graphic, import of image file for background, placing of buttons, text, images and other graphic objects anywhere on the menu screen, etc. Bundleware alert! The installation is bundled with adware like browser toolbars, software suggestions, etc.

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Win Win Mac Mac Linux Linux

Version:2.8 / 2.9 beta 2 History
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Size:21.6MB

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2.8 / 2.9 beta 2 (December 09, 2014)


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Supported operating systems:
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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Version 2.9 beta 2 <2014-12-08>
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* joined chapter and cell properties dialogs
* added possibility to select border or crop to keep aspect ratio
* added selection of player for preview
* fixed displaying of video bitrate if video don't need be transcoded
* fixed one memory leak
* win32: updated ffmpeg to version 2.5

Version 2.9 beta 1 <2014-09-20>
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* added possibility to set default subtitle properties
* added possibility to keep and use cached files after restarting of DVDStyler
* redesign of menu properties dialog

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Alternative to DVDStyler:
DVDAuthorgui
GUI for dvdauthor



Guides and How to's:
How to author DVD with DVDStyler - Read
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Tool features, DVD Author(BETA!):

Acronyms / Also Known As:
DVD Styler

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Version 2.7.2 is VERY unstable on Mavericks. The Installer tries to redirect your browser's search, and installs genio adware whether you like it or not. ALSO... "InstallMac" is the company behind it all. Just Google InstallMac and you'll see all sorts of interesting things.
I wish I could post screen shots on here.



Posted May 07, 2014 by . Tool version 2.7.2 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


This was a reasonably good tool that I used when another free product wouldn't work.
Unfortunately, the inclusion of Adware has made this product undesirable, at least for me. I've now uninstalled almost a dozen programs that have resorted to this tactic.
The inability to opt-out of adware is completely unethical in my view. This package has now been uninstalled until such time as the adware has been removed.



Posted April 07, 2014 by . Tool version 2.7.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10


When the option is given to "opt out" of the ADWARE during installation it shouldn't install the ADWARE, but unfortunately this does, as does the MP4Joiner.


Posted March 08, 2014 by . Tool version 2.7.1 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Great software. Keeps getting better and better, I mean the Windows Version.
However, I suggest adding the possibility of getting an output DVD which has mixed 16:9 and 4:3 content like CX2D to avoid altering the video aspect ratios in case of various videos with different AR's which gets the videos distorted. For instance, the video gets too small in the case of 4:3 videos converted to 16:3, yet there's no option for leaving it as 4:3, otherwise all the titlesets are converted to 4:3 even though I only want to change the AR of one video.
Thanks



Posted January 15, 2014 by . Tool version 2.61 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Low marks for sneaky crapware.
Installed using SandBoxie - thankfully I could unload the whole sh1tty mess.



Posted December 29, 2013 by . Tool version 2.6.1 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10


Version 2.52 is very slow to load/launch on Mac OS X 10.9.0 and 10.8.5.


Posted November 11, 2013 by . Tool version 2.52 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


The current release (and presumably all recent releases) calculates the aspect ratio incorrectly
while transcoding, resulting in a DVD where the image is vertically squished.
I have engaged the author in his forum and he is aware of the problem .

I don't know how you can have a RC release (release candidate) with such a bug as this.

The authoring capabilities of this program are very good, limited by your imagination.
Bit of a learning curve there, but it's to be expected.



Posted October 21, 2013 by . Tool version 2.6 rc1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I've used DVDStyler for years and it always gets the job done. It's not fast but speed often reduces quality and since I'm not a professional trying to author multiple DVD's each day, I don't care.

There are much more powerful authoring programs such as DVDLab 2 but DVDStyler will meet the needs of many users. It's free, is often updated and works for me even on my old windowsxp computer.



Posted July 22, 2013 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I can't believe that Linux gets an update ahead of OS X. I understand windows since that's most of the user base. I use ubuntu / Mac OSX so I'm not prejudiced against Linux, it just seems like OSX updates would be released at the same time.


Posted July 01, 2013 by . Tool version 2.42 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


This is the only freeware program I've ever seen that gets worse with each subsequent release. I check in on it now and then to see if the author has managed to fix anything, and sometimes things have been fixed, only to be replaced with new more horrific bugs. For example: two minutes waiting for a properties box to close. Four minutes to load a project. Crashes routine.

Suggestion, encode all video objects beforehand, never allow DVDStyler to transcode.



Posted December 16, 2012 by . Tool version 2.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


The final video quality is awful, and the program crashes all over. Besides, Every time is a new problem in authoring anything, even if its simple.


Posted October 24, 2012 by . Tool version 2.3.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10


I've dumped on this program but it does have one very useful attribute. It doesn't seem to rely on external codecs like the only other useful and semi intuitive DVD author I've used (avstodvd).

avstodvd is one of those things that installs ffdshow, haali etc. Then it modifies the registry so everything in the system uses them instead of directshow/directx.

Then, other very good programs (like vlc, smplayer) that don't need that crap don't work as well. I yanked avstodvd and all the other crap it installs.

I still don't think the encoding in dvdstyler is very good. The quality isn't great and it doesn't deal with input files using odd 3rd party codecs. But it's a good DVD author.

My preferred method now is to use avidemux (which is really good at dealing with a wide variety of input) to convert the input to a DVD compliant file. Then use dvdstyler without reencoding.



Posted March 02, 2012 by . Tool version 2.1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Responding to last review, I have done many DVDs with menus with DVDStyler over the years. Works great for me!


Posted February 27, 2012 by . Tool version 2.1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Very easy step-in to authoring world. Only problem is that it cannot do any menus, at all. Crashes out with "Create menu MPEG" after adding some simple buttons. Does not matter what you do with them, 'as is' or any and all changes to them render this same result - crash.

DVDStyler can in this state only be used to create dvds without menu. For this it is very handy with no limits to subs etc. like seen elsewhere. Maybe it will start working with menus in the future. When and if it does, ill donate for sure.

(I'm not entirely green on this stuff. Ive checked and double checked so its not some command error given somewhere. Its simply something very wrong with it in current state. Google on this error, and there are many hits with users having problems but no solution. Simply does not work with menus).



Posted February 25, 2012 by . Tool version 2.2 beta 2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Extremely inefficient!

Spumux is very slow and DVDStyler never completes pre-verification. So you spend hours waiting until you get error messages. Fails over fails, you will probably want to throw that poor software in the garbage.



Posted January 30, 2012 by . Tool version 2.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


The current version of DVDStyler for Mac is still at 1.8.3, and though it has a couple of modest problems, it does the job fairly well (but I don't know why it's no longer listed here). However, a few weeks ago the developer told me in an email that he'll very soon bring it to near-parity with the Windows version with the release of DVDStyler 2.0 for OS X!

The Mac platform still has far fewer free transcoding and authoring tools than Windows, so I was thrilled to hear that Mr. Thüring will continue providing this arrow for our half-empty quiver. Bravo, kudos, and drinks all 'round!



Posted November 29, 2011 by . Tool version 1.8.3 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I just wish the developer would quit with the sneaky adware in the installer. The latest installer (having to click "custom install" to bypass the adware installation) is a bit underhand. I really hate this "trend" amongst open source software.


Posted November 16, 2011 by . Tool version 2.0.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I just want to thank the developer Alex Thüring for his continuing hard work with this nifty application. He is continually updating it & introducing new features. Now it has avisynth support! Whoot! Thanks!


Posted August 15, 2011 by . Tool version 2.0 beta 2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Well, I've dumped on this program in the past, but this version works better.

I tried it after I discovered that the new version of avstodvd doesn't produce dvds that my dvd player can recognize and that I couldn't even get a reinstall of the old one to work. My patience is rather thin on crap like this, and I don't feel using freeware implies that users should be considered free testers.

Anyway, the CPU usage is still quite high but it works a lot better.

I did have a problem with a .sub file but may have found a way around it on the sourceforge forum. Haven't tried it yet.

I would also like to be able to find some way to set it to 2 pass encoding.



Posted July 28, 2011 by . Tool version 1.9.0 beta 1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


"libgobject-2.0-0.dll" is missing from latest beta?


Posted July 26, 2011 by . Tool version 1.9.0 beta 1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I have a video hobby and often need to make a quick nice looking DVD for a camcorder project.
I have been following the ongoing development of DVDStyler for some time.
It is very useful for making a quick DVD for my camcorder/DVDrecorder footage.
Thanks for your hard work on this great program to date..

The most useful feature of it for me is its easy DVD menu creation ability.
The feature I would most like to see added is a easy way to create a chapter menu.
As it stands, I can make a menu with links to each VOB but don't see any way to link existing chapter markers to menu buttons.

There are many programs available for a fee that make nice DVD menus (ie DVD Lab and Sony Architect) but as a rule,
they are very complicated and have more features than are needed for a quick and simple solution.



Posted June 20, 2011 by . Tool version 1.8.4 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Apart from pointing out the 'portable version' isn't in fact portable - I wanted to test DVD Styler by running it from a USB stick, but when I double clicked on the downloaded file instead of running, it installed itself onto my hard drive - nevertheless I have to say it does what it says, creates basic menus on DVD Snrink re authoured vobs. Ease of use is good once you get used to it and DVD's seem to play on standalone DVD players. At least, I've had no problems so far.


Posted March 26, 2011 by . Tool version 1.8.2.1.portable using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Wanted to create a DVD with "text as buttons/links" so to speak.....worked like a charm. I planned on just importing my already chaptered(no menu) DVD into the program...no such luck....so I grabbed ChapterGrabber and VOB2MPEG and created what DVDStyler needed and went from there. Ended up with a one page menu with just song titles and a background image of my choosing.
Nice stuff....and can't beat the price.



Posted December 25, 2010 by . Tool version 1.8.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Could use LPCM as an audio option as well as a 'no menu' function but the program functions very well. Perfect as a simple menu program with the freedom to not use templates.


Posted January 01, 2010 by . Tool version 1.7.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


I've used this for quite awhile now for basic dvd menus. Just got done trying out the new avi support. All I can say is it worked very well converting an avi to dvd with a menu. It just keeps getting and better and better.


Posted September 25, 2008 by . Tool version 1.7.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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