Even if you have a large storage disk space like having 1 TB hard disk or even a larger capacity disk, you would not want to store your home videos or pictures on your local hard disk (or SSD if you have that) for a very long time. The reason is very simple – on a volatile storage disk (like HDD, SDD, USB flash disks) there is always the risk of losing them owing to malware infection, disk failure, accidental files deletion, data corruption and more. As far as home videos are concerned, you should burn them on to a DVD or Bluray if it possible. Once the videos are burned on a DVD, you can store it in a safe place and they will be there for many many years to come.
If you want to create a DVD containing all of your videos, then you can use the free WinX DVD Author software to create professional looking DVDs complete with DVD menus and chapters. The software starts by asking you to add your video files. You can add as many video files as long as the DVD capacity (4.7 GB) is not filled up. For each of the videos, you can add subtitles, choose aspect ratios, choose the time range for playing the videos and you can also change the order in which these videos will be played.
WinX DVD Author supports all the popular video formats so you would not have any problems when adding the video files. According to their website, it supports MKV, M2TS, M4V, AVI, ASF, MP4, MPEG, MOD, MOV, WMV, FLV, RM, RMVB, Xvid, DivX, H264, 3GP, OGG, QT and VOB video file formats.
In the next step, you will get to choose a background picture for the DVD menu and configure the DVD menu itself. It comes with some background images of its own, but you can add your backgrounds too. There is also an option to add background music for the DVD menu.
In the final step, you will have to insert a blank DVD in your DVD writer and click on the Start button to start burning the DVD. The output format (NTSC/PAL) can also be selected before you start to burn the disk. By default it uses the normal video quality encoder, but you can pick a higher quality encoder.
Conclusion: WinX DVD Author can easily create a professional looking video DVD for your home videos. The DVDs created using the WinX DVD Author can be played on all kinds of DVD or Bluray players not to mention on all the computers having a DVD disk drive.
You can download WinX DVD Author from http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-author/.