DVD authoring is the process of creating a DVD with or without a menu with buttons, which is playable in a DVD player.
This is mostly done with the help of DVD authoring software that you can buy or you can choose to download free DVD authoring software.
I personally like to work with Adobe products, because they all work fantastic and they can give you a highly professional looking result. Also the compatibility between their various software programs is a true blessing.
As you might guess, my favorite DVD authoring program is Adobe Encore (Adobe Encore is included in the complete Adobe CS5 Master Collection) which takes some practice but it isn’t hard to learn. In combination with Adobe After Effects or Adobe Photoshop you can create the most amazing menus and buttons.
You can download all these Adobe programs for free and try them out for a month to see if they suite you.
Besides from that there is some good DVD software available on the web that is completely free, a bit more basic but mostly very simple to use. I won’t list them all here, just the best ones to be found for Windows and Mac.
DVDStyler is quite amazing for being free software. It is only for Windows though.
About: DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus. It is Open Source Software and is completely free.
Click here for a DVDStyler tutorial that will get you authoring DVD’s at once.
SmallDVD works very simple and lets MAC users author their own professional looking DVDs.
SmallDVD also created a guide to get you through the different steps.
Click here to read the tutorial.