Part 4 DVD Flick | Burn Video Files To DVD

May 26, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 5 Comments 


In Part 4 of How To Create A Family History DVD, I look at burning your video files to a DVD, capable of playing on a standard DVD player.

Now that we have our slideshow recorded and saved as video files, we need to join them up and convert them to a format a DVD player can read. For this I use a free DVD authoring tool called DVD Flick.

DVD Flick is a free, open-source DVD authoring program that can convert and write almost any video file into a DVD. DVD Flick is designed especially for converting most of your PC video formats to the standard DVD format, so that you can play them on your home DVD player without any problems.


When users want to view video files on their television instead of their computer they can convert the video files and burn them directly onto a DVD. There are many ways to burn video files to DVD, but DVD Flick has to be one of the easiest. It also has a range of other features to make your DVD more professional.

As mentioned in the video here are the links:

Menu Templates

Create Your Own Menu Video

Hope you enjoyed today’s video on DVD Flick and welcome any comments.


Part 3 Using Free Video Editing Software | Create and Edit Movies

May 21, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 3 Comments 


In Part 3 of How To Create A Family History DVD, I look at how to use free video editing software to edit the video recording of our slideshow presentation.

The video editing software program I use is Windows Movie Maker 2. With Movie Maker you can edit movies, fix errors in your slideshow and add music using free video editing software.


If you don’t want to go through all the hassle of creating a slideshow presentation, Movie Maker also allows us to create a video using just photos or images, where we can add voice-overs or music to create a high quality movie, which we look at the end of today’s video.

Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing program which comes with most new PCs but you can download Movie Maker 2.1 for XP here if needed.

Hope you enjoyed this how to use free video editing software video and welcome any comments.


Part 2 Using Free Screen Recording Software

May 14, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 6 Comments 

In today’s video, Part 2 of How To Create A Family History DVD, I look at how to set up and record your slideshow presentation using Camstudio, a free screen recording program.

Free screen recording software lets us record the activity on our screen and saves these as video files. It also allows us to use a microphone to add our own audio narrations to any screen recording.

Once we have recorded our slideshow and saved our video files using screen recording software, we can then edit, add voice overs or music to our slideshow using video creating/editing software.



Just a few tips to make sure the screen recording of your slideshow goes smoothly. Write a script and have that in front of you as you narrate your slideshow. If you have two computers you could even have one using a free auto cue program just like real TV. lol.

Also don’t worry about how many video files you create, as we can easily join them up later. I think we used about 15 video files to create just over one hour of my friends family history DVD.

While we have used a free screen recording or screen capture program to record our slideshow presentation, there are also a number of other ways in which you can use free screen recording software.

You can use free screen recording software to create demonstration videos for any software program or create a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions? You could also also create video tutorials for school and college or even video-based information products you can sell.

Some of the other free screen recording programs you might like to try are, Jing or VirtualDub.

Part 1 of How To Create A Family History DVD can be found here.

Hope you enjoyed today’s video on using free screen recording software and welcome any comments.

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