Windows DVD Maker – Hub Page

After you have selected the content that you want to burn onto your DVD, you go to the hub page. It looks like this:

Dominating this page is the DVD menu preview – a static preview of the menu that you will see when you first play the DVD. On the right is a list of menu styles that you can use. There are quite a few different styles that you can choose from, all of which show the content that will be on the DVD, and all of them with live video. I picked the most simple style, named “Full”, which simply shows the main content with clickable buttons on top of it. The content here is from RedVsBlue, which I chose because it looks nice. I’ll be talking more about other styles in the future.

The combo box above the list of styles allows you to choose amongst groups of styles. We expect that other companies (or users) will create their own “style packs”, which will show up in this list.

If you like what you see on this page, you can choose Burn, and we’ll go off and make the disc for you.

If you want to get a better idea of how the disc will look, you can choose “Preview”, which will generate an interactive preview. From this preview, you can play all the content, go to the scenes menu and, most importantly, see what how the menu will look with live video in it.

“Menu Text” lets you change the text that’s displayed and how it appears, Customize changes how the menu appears, and Photo settiings are used to modify the slideshow. More on all of those later.


Comments (6)

  1. jcool says:

    I’m thrilled this functionality is making it into Vista, but….

    …please tell me that you’ve hired some (and I hate to say this) "Apple" quality designers to produce the styles for the DVD menus. If they aren’t as good as iDVD, then it’s time for a gut check.

    Sad to say, but no matter how easy and powerful the app is, it’ll be judged by the coolness of those themes. (Ok, I’m a designer, so I guess I’m not too sad to say it.. Keeps me in a job)

    Looking forward to the next update.

  2. anthome says:

    i love Apple’s iDVD and iMovieHD softwares; it is one of their flagship products that ship with all new Macs. Microsoft knows people who use Windows are going to switch to 3rd party applications but for those enthusiasts (namely families and personal use), they are going to appreciate Windows DVD Maker so hopefully it will debut with cool themes and easy to use GUI etc. Just don’t tell them about Apple’s software!