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[Windows] Easily author DVDs with Wondershare DVD Creator [Mac OS X]

2013-04-17_215642 [1]Ever needed to create a movie DVD, that is playable on all DVD players, of non-DVD format videos? For that you need a DVD authoring program to do that. dotTech has a review on best free DVD authoring program for Windows [2]. Wondershare DVD Creator is another DVD authoring program. Let’s see how good (or bad) it is.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Wondershare DVD Creator is a DVD authoring program that allows users to create movie DVDs (DVDs playable on any DVD player) with DVD menus out of any and all video formats, including SD and HD videos. It also allows you to create video slideshows from photos and include them on DVD.

Take note Wondershare DVD Creator has Windows and Mac OS X versions. We specifically reviewed the Windows version for this review.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-04-17_215905 [5]As explained in our review of best free DVD authoring programs for Windows [2], the difference between simply burning DVDs and authoring DVDs is that programs that author DVDs can burn non-DVD video formats (AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MOV, etc.) onto a movie DVD that has a DVD menu and is playable on all DVD players. Wondershare DVD Creator is a DVD authoring program. And it is a great one at that.

With Wondershare DVD Creator, you can easily create movie DVDs out of almost any video format (SD and HD) and even create video slideshows of images. It is extremely easy to use, allows customization of DVD menus, can burn to DVD, output as ISO, and output DVD folders.

Really there isn’t much for me to complain or discuss about Wondershare DVD Creator. It does exactly what it claims to do, and does it well. Indeed, the hallmark of a good program is a short Discussion section in dotTech’s review; if we cannot find a lot to nitpick about in a program, then the program is either so bad it isn’t worth talking about or so good that there isn’t much to discuss. Wondershare DVD Creator is the latter.

Conclusion and download link

I’ve had the opportunity to review dozens of Wondershare programs over the years. In the past Wondershare used to provide subpar software but, over the years, they have grown and matured to provide excellent programs. In fact, I’ve coined the term “Wondershare quality” to mean a program that works well, is easy-to-use, and does exactly what it claims. Wondershare DVD Creator is “Wondershare quality”, through and through. In other words, Wondershare DVD Creator is an excellent program.

Unfortunately, there is another aspect associated with Wondershare programs and that is being overpriced. Wondershare programs tend to always be overpriced and the same applies for Wondershare DVD Creator. It is an excellent program, yes, but, in my opinion, it doesn’t provide anything groundbreakingly unique that warrants the $39.95/$49.00 price tag. A $19.95 or even $29.95 price would be much better.

In the end, I won’t formally recommend or not recommend Wondershare DVD Creator. I will let you make the decision if you want to get Wondershare DVD Creator or not — if you feel the program is worth the price being asked. All I can tell you is that Wondershare DVD Creator is an excellent program.

If you don’t want to pay for Wondershare DVD Creator but still want DVD authoring capabilities, check out dotTech’s review on best free DVD authoring program for Windows [2].

Price: $39.95 (Windows), $49.00 (Mac OS X)

Version reviewed: 2.6.5

Supported OS: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Win7/Win8, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

Download size: 34.4 MB (Windows), 64.6 MB (Mac OS X)

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45 [6] (Windows)

Is it portable? No

Wondershare DVD Creator homepage [7]