DVD Authoring

4 Best Free and Open Source DVD Authoring Tools

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

DVD authoring is the process of creating a DVD video capable of playing on a DVD player. DVD authoring software must conform to the specifications set by the DVD Forum. DVD videos are logically divided into a first-play section, a set of top-level menus (called VMGM for Video Manager Menus) and one or more video title-sets (VTSs). Each title-set is logically divided into menus and titles, meaning the main content of the disc.

DVD authoring is the second step in the process of producing finished DVDs. The first step is the creation of the movie and the second, the authoring, is the creation of artwork, user menus, insertion of chapter points, overdubs/commentaries, setting autoplay and/or repeat options, etc. The final step is the manufacturing (replication) process to mass-produce finished DVDs.

This article showcases the best free and open source DVD authoring tools that run under Linux.

Best Free and Open Source DVD Authoring Tools

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 4 impressive open source DVD authoring tools.

Let’s explore the 4 tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.

DVD Authoring Tools
DVDStylerCreate professional-looking DVDs, photo slideshow, add multiple subtitles
'Q’ DVD-AuthorLike DVDStyler, this is a GUI frontend. It's updated to use Qt5
DVDAuthorGenerate a DVD-Video movie from a valid MPEG-2 stream
DevedeNGPython based DVD authoring using DVDAuthor
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