In the Windows DVD Maker DVD Options dialog box, you can select the settings you want to use to create a DVD that fits your needs.

  1. Open Windows DVD Maker by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type DVD Maker, and then, in the list of results, click Windows DVD Maker.

  2. On the Turn your digital memories into a DVD page, click Choose Photos and Videos.

  3. On the Add pictures and video to the DVD page, click Options.

  4. You can change the following settings in the DVD Options dialog box:

    • Choose DVD playback settings. Select one of the following options, depending on how you want your DVD to play:

      • If you want the DVD menu to display when the disc is inserted into a DVD player, click Start with DVD menu.

      • If you want the video to play automatically when the disc is inserted in a DVD player and show the menu at the end, click Play video and end with DVD menu.

      • If you want the video to play automatically and loop continuously, click Play video in a continuous loop. You will still be able to view the menu if you press the Menu button on the remote control for your DVD player.

    • DVD aspect ratio. This option lets you determine if a slide show on the DVD is displayed at a 4:3 (standard) or 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is expressed as the relation of the width to the height of the slide show. When deciding which aspect ratio to choose, consider the aspect ratio for the monitor or TV on which your slide show will be played.

    • Video format. This option lets you choose the video format that will be used for the video on your DVD. The options are NTSC and PAL. Most of the time you will not need to change this setting. However, you might need to change it if you plan to share your DVD with friends or family who live in a part of the world that uses a different video format.

      The video format that is selected by default is based on the Region and Language settings in Control Panel.

    • DVD burner speed. This option lets you select the speed to burn your DVD. The default is Fastest. Some DVD burners won't burn at full speed if you're using certain kinds of DVDs. If you have a problem burning a disc, try selecting Medium or Slow.

    • Temporary file location. If you want to change the storage location for temporary files that are created when making a DVD, click Browse, select the new folder location, and then click OK.

      For the best results when choosing a temporary file location, choose a folder on a hard disk drive partition that has at least 5 gigabytes (GB) of available disk space and a fast write speed.

  5. Click OK to close the DVD Options dialog box, and then continue making your DVD.

    For more information about making and burning a DVD in Windows DVD Maker, see Burn a DVD-Video disc with Windows DVD Maker.