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Giveaway of the day — Daniusoft DVD Creator 1.5.0

Burn your precious videos to DVD with amazing DVD menu and share them with your friends and family.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 351 (53%) 315 (47%) 28 comments

Daniusoft DVD Creator 1.5.0 was available as a giveaway on January 6, 2011!

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Your complete file and folder comparison and synchronization solution.

Burn your precious videos to DVD with amazing DVD menu and share them with your friends and family. Daniusoft DVD Creator offers you the easiest and fastest way to burn any format video and photo to DVD for playback on various DVD players or backup them as ISO files or DVD folder. And HD videos are also supported like AVCHD video (MTS/M2TS), TS, TRP, HD MOV.

In addition, you can create customized DVD menu with free preset templates or your favorite photos and music on PC, name DVD as you like, create chapters for videos to skip playback and even customize the thumbnail.

Create your own stylish DVD with Daniusoft DVD Creator:

  • Burn any format video like AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, MPEG, VOB, FLV to DVD;
  • Turn photos into fun-to-share slideshow and then burn to DVD;
  • Support HD videos, including MTS, M2TS, TS, TRP, H.264, etc.
  • Backup videos as ISO files or DVD folder;
  • Personalize your DVD with stylish menu templates;
  • Add background music to your home videos and photoshows;
  • Create DVD chapter and title thumbnail to skip playback conveniently;
  • Easy to use, only a few click to complete the DVD authoring.

Important:
To activate the software, you are requested to register on the manufacturer’s page (full version, free of charge). Then you can get a registration code, with which you can activate the software.

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System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7

Publisher:

Daniusoft

Homepage:

http://www.daniusoft.com/dvd-creator.html

File Size:

36.4 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#28

Great product. I downloaded the free offer and after my first video was created, I was amazed how it created a showing like a theatre introduction. Sweet.

Reply   |   Comment by Joyce Kuras  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#27

I have a previous free version 1.2 and as I recall this version also had the problem with correctly resizing videos to fit on one disk. Liked the ease of use and templates but you would think the newer version would have fixed something as major as a sizing problem. I believe a typical DVD movie required more than 1 DVD Disk, growing a file to nearly twice it's size.

As mentioned though this was with a previous version. Knowing that a resizing problem still exists is enough for me to pass on this offer. Thanks anyway GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Culpepper  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

@ #7 Mike--You can send your problem to support@daniusoft.com. The will help you out.

Reply   |   Comment by elaine_3456  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#25

Installed and registered fine on Vista but ran into issues while using the program.

During my first attempt to use it, the program hung for almost 10 minutes while importing my videos. It eventually recovered and I was able to edit my clips list and menu without problem.

When I attempted to burn my compilation however, the program immediately said (Not Responding) in the title bar. I waited approximately 15 minutes for it to recover but it did not. It resisted all attempts to close. Not even the task manager was able to end the program. The computer had to be turned off to close it.

I attempted to compile my DVD again in Admin mode but got the same result. (Unresponsive, even to "end process". Computer had to be rebooted.)

Reply   |   Comment by kai  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

I have asked for key 5 times now, but no keys is sent to my e-mail ??
Don't know what's wrong, but i've waited for 2 hours now.
I'm uninstalling it now, because it's working in trial mode only !

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#23

Refused to work for me (and at 57, I'm old enough to know how to install software). I asked for a key, got one, and then had it rejected. No idea why, but life's too short for an application that fouls up. Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#22

Not all that useful really. I tried several times to get movie sized (1.5-2 hour clips) avi files to fit on several different discs. Every time I got the 'too large' error.

So then I tried with 3 small 55 meg clips, and it will burn those. So while it does burn teeny tiny files it doesn't seem to like anything big.

So if you're transferring anime to hard copy, then this is great for you. If you're backing up larger family vids or trying to condense series into single discs, you're out of luck.

Also, it's slow, as in VERY slow. So I think I'm having the same results as Josh above, in that 1) you won't get the full space on your discs and 2) other freebie programs out there just might be faster.

Reply   |   Comment by Dross  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#21

#8: "... It’s always nice to have a program that creates DVDs that have menus and plays on any DVD player"

Just a quick word of caution -- while the output will *probably* play on most players, 1) it's a bit non-standard compared to other authoring apps, & 2) regardless your authoring software, use cheap blank DVDs & some players will not work with them.

"... but I only got 3 clips [436mb 215mb 664mb] on a 4.9GB DVDr..."

You can fit close to 2 hours or less on a single layer DVD without hurting quality Too badly -- more compression = smaller files = lower quality... it's all about setting the mpg2 bit rate, & in DVD Creator you do it at the bottom of the app selecting the desired quality. In a better authoring app you'd encode the mpg2 separately, with precise controls for things like bit rate, & the app wouldn't re-encode them, but pass them through as-is.

"... I usually can fit 5 or 6 full movies on one if I have them converted to DivX / Xvid (average of 700MB) which will play on my $40 DivX compatible DVD player... "

FWIW, many players will work with DivX/Xvid, with support for added encoder features on more expensive models. As both formats are more efficient than mpg2, you can use smaller files, fitting a DivX/Xvid movie as-is on a data CD in most cases -- it was pretty common, along with SVCD when DVD burners & blanks were still expensive. DivX has been working on their HD handling BTW, & today there's a new version of Xvid (RC) up on videohelp.com.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#20

Want to easily stick a video file you got on-line (or wherever) on a video DVD? If you don't care about anything else -- just want it easy -- then Danuisoft DVD Creator may be just what you're after. It is not serious DVD authoring software, & video DVDs themselves aren't always the easiest nor the cheapest solution to watch your video on TV, so with that in mind, it *might* be worth the $20 price tag to you, & if you can or want to use it, DVD Creator is well worth the GOTD price, i.e. free. The easiest way to watch on-line video on your TV is with a connected TV or Blu-Ray player, though be aware that the on-line connection can also be used to update firmware incorporating new DRM. About as easy & usually cheaper too, run a cable or 3 from a PC [yours or an old one lying around, made from old parts etc.]. 3rd is the option of buying a media player box, like those from Western Digital that are always on sale lately -- I put them 3rd because you might wind up running your video through a converter 1st if it's not in a format the player accepts.

Assuming you're still interested in creating video DVDs & using Daniusoft DVD Creator to do that... it's main failings are: 1) it re-encodes video, regardless if it's in DVD spec or not, 2) it will not accept separate audio files, or more than 1 audio track, 3) you're given no options to create other menu pages & few options re: buttons, 4) output doesn't strictly follow specs [I could add a #5, no subtitles, but with lower end retail software, handling subs isn't that common]. On the positive, it uses a good encoder, the elements that'll be composited on your menu are movable, menus use animation for placing menu elements on screen, there are several templates [with more available if you click the icon next to "Menu Template"], and it's really very easy to use -- once you figure out that some of the buttons across the bottom only work with certain things selected. To add some perspective to it, if you picked up something like the Roxio, Nero, or Sony apps (that author DVDs) over the holiday on sale, there's no comparison -- OTOH compared to paying full MSRP for any of those apps, Danuisoft DVD Creator would be a viable, lower cost option, very roughly in-line with some of the lower end apps from companies like Cyberlink. As far as free-ware apps go, you pretty much have various front ends for dvdauthor [ http://goo.gl/HDEN1 ], like DVDStyler [also available as a portable option at portableapps.com] [doesn't have many authoring options], or the DVD Flick Ashraf mentions [I don't like that it uses VB, nor the recorded 3.5k new registry entries].

Installing Daniusoft DVD Creator in XP means installing "IMAPI_XP_SRV2003_x86.exe" [ http://goo.gl/hTOTP ]. The program's folder holds 180 files, 12 folders, taking up ~64 MB. My Documents picks up a Daniusoft DVD Creator folder holding 127 files, 21 folders taking up ~14.5 MB -- your templates. Added to the registry are 4 file-type associations, an uninstall key, & the registration key -- the MS IMAPI... hotfix OTOH adds well over a thousand. Daniusoft DVD Creator uses the Starburn burning engine & MainConcept encoder. After install you're presented with the registration dialog with the button to request a key from the developer, which is e-mailed to you -- if you don't want to wait, close the dialog & the app opens so you can look around while the e-mail works its way to your in-box.

* * *

When an app like Daniusoft DVD Creator it's difficult to comment on many of the alternatives proposed, for me anyway because so much depends on what you're after. It's also a bit harder to compare DVD authoring apps in a meaningful way if the person reading the comparison hasn't gone through a bit of a learning curve beforehand. Without knowing what's possible with both features & quality, & without knowing the amount of work involved in adding features & boosting quality, it's hard to know just what you should look for in a DVD authoring app. And if you're not sure what you want or should look for, it's hard to recommend or compare apps in a meaningful way. That said...

It's difficult for developers to come up with a good GUI that translates the tech bits & pieces of DVDs into something visually intuitive, especially since the spec NDA prevents them from having good instructions on how to do anything [like creating button images & highlights elsewhere & importing them]. A video DVD authoring app's *job* is *assembling* all those bits & pieces into a DVD -- not editing audio/video streams, & not doing graphics. Nor should you think of or expect a DVD authoring app to be a good transcoder, encoder, or video converter -- you can do better elsewhere. Now including value-added features certainly isn't a bad thing, but it doesn't make sense to compare DVD authoring apps just on those non-core capabilities, while ignoring how well it does its main job, assembling all your work into a video DVD.

If you're interested in creating video DVDs you have 3 buying choices -- you can buy *very* expensive software that comes with a steep learning curve but does most everything [e.g. Scenarist]; you can buy expensive mid-range software that won't do everything, & learn how to ignore many *features* to produce high quality work; or you can buy lower end software, using what you're given to produce basic [often lower quality] DVDs. The freeware end of things is dominated by dvdauthor, & the various Windows front ends for using it -- that & the free version of Muxman if/when you don't care about menus. A 4th choice is to get a Mac, where there is some nice DVD software available. BTW, if you're going to buy something make sure it does Blu-Ray too -- even if you don't do Blu-Ray today, someday you probably will, & why guarantee that you'll have to learn another app? For the last several years sales like those in December have not been uncommon, & if you're patient & don't mind MIR, you can get a nice $100 app that does DVDs for between $0 & $50 -- it might not compare to $600 software, but you wouldn't expect it to.

* * *

*Hopefully* useful Background info...
DVDs are in a word complicated -- it's an old standard designed for the chips available for players in the 90s. They work by or from scripts that have a complicated set of rules, & much relies on hexadecimal values. Everything is spelled out in *very* expensive official docs, & if they'll sell to you it comes with a strict NDA -- most of the info freely available came from reverse engineering, & besides sometimes being wrong, it's spread across the web. Besides the official DVD standards there are common-practice player standards -- most players will not work with every possible feature -- & there are tricks that use parts of the spec in ways the original authors never thought of, creating both new features and, for better or worse new kinds of DRM. Some info on Hexadecimal registers: http://goo.gl/ReYei -- some info on sourceforge: http://goo.gl/tqAKk -- a source of good, reverse engineered spec info if you don't mind the author trying to sell you a more complete version: http://goo.gl/qUzXh.

It's long been common for developers to come up with a single DVD script (or set) they use as boilerplate in their apps -- every DVD layout they produce uses the same scripting. This limits the features available to use on the DVDs you create. It's harder to justify learning the more technical ins & outs of DVDs when they might be approaching obsolescence, but if you're so inclined start with PGCEdit -- together with reading everything you can find on DVD scripts [mostly examples], you'll likely be able to expand on whatever your authoring app allows.

At a simpler level, everything you *see* on a DVD is mpg2 video. The menu pages you create have any text or images or buttons or sprites composited [overlaid] on the background image or video, & it's all encoded to mpg2. Because of that, designing & creating menus should ideally be done in a video editor. DVD buttons are actually just rectangular coordinates, not much different in concept than image maps on a web page. Menu button highlights [what you see that shows you what button's selected] are shapes that the DVD player will color -- any *shapes* within a button's rectangular coordinates are colored when it's selected, activated, or not selected [each state has a different set of colors] [each highlight shape can actually be 4 shapes, one for the basic highlight, one for outline, one for blend, & the rectangular background that's normally transparent, each with its own color/transparency]. It's common for many lower to mid-range DVD authoring apps to let you place an empty button, but not necessarily import your own highlights -- you can still create pro-level menus in your video editor, then use the empty buttons & highlights built into your authoring app, usually using the underline highlight option [simple underline highlights are quite common on retail DVDs].

Also note that if you want to add subs or audio tracks & your DVD authoring software won't allow it, you can always render your DVD layout to your hard drive, then edit it. Using all free tools, PGCDemux will strip out a copy of your DVD audio, &/or video, &/or subs, &/or chapter times, if you need any of those, & usually in 3-5 minutes. There are several tools to turn text-based subs [e.g. .srt] into DVD graphical streams. The free version of Muxman will assemble a DVD layout without menus using your video, multiple audio tracks, & multiple sub tracks, usually in ~10 minutes. VOBBlanker will replace the VOB files (with your title(s) inside) in your original DVD with those you created in Muxman, usually in about 5 minutes. If you added subs in Muxman, IFOEdit or PGCEdit are just a couple of the apps available that can set subtitle colors. PGCEdit can also add scripts, menus, & other features, though that stuff gets advanced with a steeper learning curve. Use Imgburn with or without PGCEdit to set the layer break & burn dual layer DVDs. Long story short, if you're happy with your DVD authoring app, but want subs or added audio tracks etc., if you're willing to spend less than an hour [maybe just 10-15 minutes] you can probably add them to the DVD your software produced.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)
#19

Thanks Rob #9 for telling us about the free templates. I had a hard time finding them.
I am slow
I thought I would try posting the link--thanks again

http://www.daniusoft.com/tutorial/dvd-creator-free-dvd-menu-template.html

Reply   |   Comment by Barbara Ann  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#18

@ #12 kevinbarry - where are you finding the £16.22 price? all I'm finding is $47.95 which is almost double (£30.96) the price you're stating.

Reply   |   Comment by kai  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#17

this software can convert .MOD new HD mov3 format to VOB format directly =)

Reply   |   Comment by 3@3  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#16

This is the best DVD creator softwares, i'm still using 1.2.0 [posted by GOTD on 2010 July....]

Reply   |   Comment by 3@3  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#15

Downloaded and installed smoothly. Got registration email immediately and it even removed my prior version for me!

Reply   |   Comment by copmom  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#14

Have not burnt a DVD for years, do not need this software

Reply   |   Comment by Bernard  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-69)
#13

It looks pretty good and easy to use. I tried it out and discovered that the free film I had been supplied with (legit I hasten to add!) in mp4 format had DRM and could not be converted and burned. However, I was directed to the offical site where they offer a heavily discounted later version under a different name for £16.22 to GAOTD downloaders only.

I downloaded the trial version and discovered it would convert and burn. It was as easy as pie too, but it only allows 3 minutes of the film so that you can see it works. This was good enough for me as the result looked great so I bit the bullet and bought the full version. I am a happy bunny. But if you want to remove DRM you cannot do it with the free version.

Reply   |   Comment by kevinbarry  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#12

is this software just for videos and pictures? can it be used for general data backup, i.e. if i wanted to plop my documents folder onto a dvd, could i do it with this software?

Reply   |   Comment by distraida  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-28)
#11

Daniusoft products are excellent - no fuss to use them either. This sets the bar high for GAOTD for the rest of the year.

Thanks GAOTD and Daniusoft in particular for this.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)
#10

Installed and updated with email registration, and it ran in Win7 (64) just fine. I didn't actually burn a disk.

Went online and downloaded the add-on templates
- just grab them all, it adds them to the choices in the program automatically.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

I am on Windows 7 64 bit and the drag and drop didn't work.
It's always nice to have a program that creates DVDs that have menus and plays on any DVD player but I only got 3 clips [436mb 215mb 664mb] on a 4.9GB DVDr (not double layer) but I usually can fit 5 or 6 full movies on one if I have them converted to DivX / Xvid (average of 700MB) which will play on my $40 DivX compatible DVD player that I got from Wal-Mart. BTW I use the lowest quality setting just to fit those three vids on there.....but that's kinda' standard with programs like this.

It's still a keeper. I wonder if anyone else had drag and drop issues.

It took 40 minutes for the three clips to be burned but I purposely used 3 different kinds of videos - .MP4, .WMV and MPEG. It took all three which is good.

Thumbs half way up and down.

Reply   |   Comment by Josh  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#8

Not getting a key code despite trying several times. And yes, I've checked my Spam folder.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#7

I'm not overly impressed. Yes, its good enough for "free", but I wouldn't pay for it! It definitely does not compare to Nero or Roxio but like I said, as its free its good enough.

Reply   |   Comment by Jenna J  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)
#6

Daniusoft products are mostly reliable and good.
This one is a definite keeper.
Can't wait for Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate.

Reply   |   Comment by Bentley Siva  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-38)
#5

I like this software and am interested in the do-everything bells and whistles version which, when you register, you find they're offering us today at 65 per cent off, but it is mighty hard finding what this price would be and how to actually access this offer. If they are going to make these offers it would be great if they wouldn't leave us on dead end streets.

Reply   |   Comment by oliviab  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

Oh and you can put custom music on your menu as well.

Reply   |   Comment by @chrisklop  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#3

Sorry for two comments - but I found many more customizations that I like.

On the preview of the main menu you can click on a frame and edit the text as well as the location of the frame. It autoadjusts nicely when you type in something larger than the default size of the text box.

Also, on the bottom left under that preview you can click the customize button. There are many features there, including putting a custom background image on the menu, and a lot of the other features ConvertXtoDVD offers.

Also, upon clicking "Burn" it gives you a few more options.

Very nice program, really worth the download.

Reply   |   Comment by @chrisklop  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#2

Very nice looking software.

Installed without a hitch, following directions. It's always nice when you fill out a form with your e-mail and actually receive the e-mail immediately.

Fast loading, doesn't seem to hog CPU. I can't speak for all of the features though - I haven't completed my first conversion.

It's pretty, kind of like a Nero or Roxio program. It's drag and drop based, and I think that's fine.

Although I definitely wouldn't be able to use this every time, as I'm very used to the performance and incredible customization available using ConvertXtoDVD. Nothing...I mean nothing, beats ConvertXtoDVD.

Nevertheless, it looks like a nice program and a little simpler to use. So I rate it well, from what I've seen.

Reply   |   Comment by @chrisklop  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#1

The Good
* Straightforward and easy to use.
* Can author DVDs from SD and HD videos and create slideshows from images (which are also put onto a DVD).
* Supports many input video formats and the four major image formats.
* Allows users to customize image slideshows, including but not limited to allowing users to change the duration of images, add transition effects, flip images (horizontally/vertically), and add text to images.
* Allows users to burn videos/slideshows directly to disk, create ISO, create DVD folder, or all three.
* Has the ability to automatically create chapters.
* Allows users to preview what the DVD will look like after it has been created.
* Supports DVD-5 and DVD-9.
* Users can select from a handful of DVD menu templates, and can download some more.
* Allows users to automatically shutdown computer after processing has finished.
* Supports drag + drop for importing files.

The Bad
* Does not properly scale/resize videos.
* No features to customize audio tracks or add subtitles to videos.

Free Alternatives
DVD Flick

For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+122)
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