DVD Flick - A Basic Guide



DVD Flick: A Basic guide

What is DVD Flick?

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks as well as subtitles of your choice.

Supported file container formats are, amongst others, AVI, MPG, MOV, WMV, ASF, FLV, Matroska and MP4. Supported codecs are amongst others, MPEG-1\2\4 (XVid, DivX, etc.), Windows Media Audio\Video. MP3, OGG Vorbis, H264, and On2
VP5\6. For a full list of supported container, audio and video formats, see http://ffmpeg.mplayerhq.hu/ffmpeg-doc.html#SEC20

DVD Flick is Open Source, meaning that anyone can download and view or modify the program’s source code. It also means that it is absolutely free of charge. Several external programs are used by DVD Flick to do the dirty work like encoding and combining of video material. All of these programs are free, some are Open Source too.

If you have a question, want to read the FAQ, report a bug or tell me about your favourite pet, feel free to post in the Forums. If you want to view more information, or download older releases, please visit DVD Flick’s SourceForge
project page.

If you like DVD Flick, any donations are welcome to be made through the SourceForge.net donation system. I will personally make sure to enjoy the beers so generously offered.

Where do you get it?

DVD Flick -> http://www.dvdflick.net/

Download and open the setup wizard and follow the prompts to install DVD Flick on your PC.

Open DVD Flick and choose ADD TITLE, browse to the file(s) that you want to encode and burn onto a DVD.

When the title has been imported into the queue double click it to edit general settings particular to this project. These settings are pretty straight forward and self explanatory, but here is a brief walk through anyway.

General Settings:

Under the General settings tab you choose how you want DVD Flick to create chapter on your project as well as the aspect ratio of the film.

Video Settings:

Add more clips or remove unwanted clips under the Video Settings tab. You can also reorder clips if dealing with multiple files.

Audio Settings

Remove unwanted audio tracks here if there is more than one available.

Subtitle Settings:

Add, Edit and Remove subtitle files under the Subtitle tab.

When you are satisfied with the changes you have made to your project, click Accept.

Click the Project Settings radio button to access DVD Flick quality, audio, video and burn settings. Once altered these settings should become default. It is a good idea to go through them so that you can tweak the program the way you want it to operate.

The General settings tab:

Select the default project size you would like to use. In the drop down menu for “Target Size” there are several default options depending on what type of disc or file you are going to make. For this guide I will be encoding to a single layer DVD. I prefer a custom size of 4400MB, this will prevent me from burning too close to the edge of the DVD. In the drop down menu for target size choose “custom” and type in 4400 in the window below the drop down.

You can also choose the priority of the encoding. Encoding is very CPU intensive and therefore multitasking isn’t recommended, but if you need to set the priority to a lower level so that you can preform other basic tasks while DVD Flick encodes your project you can make that assertion here.

The Video tab:

Target format - for the US is NTSC and for Europe is PAL. These are the different frame rates that are found around the globe. It is important to know what is used in the region that you live in or the video produced may not be viewable on a standalone player.

Encoding profile - This is the speed setting for encoding. Faster = less accurate and slower = more accurate thus resulting in a higher quality output.

Target Bitrate - Higher bitrate = higher quality and lower bitrate = lower quality.

Click the Advanced button:

These are additional quality settings that most average users will not use. If an explanation is needed please press the blue ï" and DVD Flick will give a brief explanation on these settings.


Here you can select a default audio track…I prefer AC3 5.1 because it is widely accepted and is downmixable on most systems to 2 channel when not viewing in stereo. Leaving this set to Auto is just fine though.


If you use Imgburn as your favorite burning application you will want to tick “Create ISO image” and DVD Flick will create an ISO for easy burning with Imgburn. If this box is left unticked, DVD Flick will produce a VIDEO_TS folder which can be burned using Imgburn via build mode or Nero or your favorite burning application.If you want DVD Flick to automatically open Imgburn when the encoding is finished tick the “burn project to disc” box. If you prefer to burn manually leave this option unticked.

Disc Label will allow you to name your project.

Drive: Choose the drive you want DVD Flick to open when the encoding is finished. The chosen drive will need to have a blank disc inserted before encoding is finished so that the file can be burned.

If you are using RW discs tick the “Automatically erase disc if it is rewritable” option. This will erase any data that is found on the disc before writing the new files to it.

“Delete ISO image after burning” - This option will delete the ISO image when the burn is complete to save room on HDD if needed. I prefer to delete my own files in case I want to make additional copies in the future.

When you are satisfied with the settings and changes you have made click Accept.

You should now be ready to begin encoding your project, so create a destination folder and click “Create DVD”.

…Sit back and wait on your nice shiney new movie to pop out of the drive. Encoding times will vay based on your settings and the speed of your system as well as some other variables such as multitasking and internet usage.



I have been using flick for almost a year now, it seems to be getting better and better.
I have found it to be consistent in hitting the desired target size and handling audio very well. It’s never gone over 4400MB. Switching to low priority mode on the fly allows a little light multitasking even with a single core cpu. If your source is higher quality try to stay around 2 hours of video, you can go up to almost 3 hours on average video. The last few months all my tests have stayed in synch very well.
I always save to the hard drive and burn manually so I can check flick’s output every now and then or be able to burn more than one copy. Keep an eye on the target drive tho as it tends to get heavily fragmented.

Also double check any pal/ntsc setting after upgrading. The program is really a “work in progress”, but a wonderful one.


I’ve noticed the HDD being very fragmented too…but I think any kind of heave lifting as such would fragment a drive too. I’m happy with flick too, great free tool.


when I have 2 700MB avi’s I do each individually and set target to 2300MB on an extra drive

I then reauthor with shrink and can edit if I want to

It takes a couple of extra minutes if writting to a seperate drive

These files will not be fragmented if you have enough space


So you don’t use VirtualDubMod to join the two avi’s?


I don’t mind 2 titles, there is a slight pause when playing

a while back the power kept kicking and it always seemed to be right before a conversion was finished

after it happened twice in a row I decided to do the longer conversions this way


Thanks LOCOENG :clap: This is a more of a guide than pay apps. Meaning some pay apps have no guide. You pics are small in some places but i have 22" monitor.

I will try this app sometime. I have had it downloaded for sometime now with updated versions.



You should try VDM, it is only about a 3 minutes step and the playback is seemless…but I can understand your power issue.


Some of the pics in the middle of the guide are small, but when I first made up the guide they were huge, I resized them twice to get a decent looking guide and this was the best it got.


Hello Everyone. I Have A Question. I have been using dvdflick for about 3 months works great. I was just wondering i have several avi movies in ac3 audio format. i tried to burn one to dvd and the audio was seemed to be speed up or high pitched. if anyone can tell me how to fix this great. also i burn with imageburn. so thanks if anyone can tell me this ive been tryin to get these movies off my computer for over two months.


Way to go LOCOENG, good job. :iagree: :clap: :iagree:


LOCO strikes again.

Nice guide bro!


:slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:


Perhaps someone could tell me what I’ve done wrong. I double checked all my settings and don’t see where the problem could be. Here’s what happened:

-added a 698 MB .avi to a new project…it was the sole title

-chose to just make an ISO, so I could burn later

-normal encoding with second pass

-video encoding seemed to be going fine

-same with audio encoding, although it was taking a bit longer than I expected, especially since I’m using a Core 2 Quad

-the combining started, and went on and on…decided to catch a nap, and was horrified to see the combining still going on at the 8 hour mark

-decided to check the project destination folder to see what was going on…the video file seemed normal at just under 4 gig, but I was shocked to see it had made a 50 GIG AC3 file!! This was my first try, and I really wasn’t sure if something was going wrong or not, but I suspected it was, since the project initially told me about 10 gig of space would be required.

-The combined file was approaching the sum of the audio and vid files, so I figured I should at least wait until it reached that point.

-Somewhere around the 55-56 gig mark of the combined file, it finally went to authoring stage…about 15 minutes short of 9 hours at this point.

-I could see it was making the dvd folder that contains the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS files…figured when that folder reached around 4 and a half gig that it would finalize…well, it continued growing to about 7.2 gig when the following error occurred:

erflow at pack 27239843 by 39515725.54ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239844 by 39515631.17ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239845 by 39515568.79ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239846 by 39515474.42ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239847 by 39515412.04ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239848 by 39515317.67ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239849 by 39515223.30ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239850 by 39515160.92ms
INFO: !tcfound audio PTS underflow at pack 27239851 by 39515066.55ms
*** Multiplexing: 99% - 66510812 of 67182638 A/V units. 99%

INFO: 13971556 audio 1 underflows (SCR >= PTS)
INFO: NOTE: The resulting file may not play back correctly.
INFO: Try increasing the mux rate.
INFO: Finished multiplexing C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\DVD itle0.mpg
*** Multiplexing: 100% - 67182638 of 67182638 A/V units. 100%

-The only option was to close at that point, and it obviously didn’t finish authoring, let alone finalize. Even if it had finished, would I have had a burnable file? The 50G+ files have me totally confused. Any info would be appreciated.


I was wondering how I can burn a football game burning one half on one disk and the second half on the second disk? Since the DVD only holds 2 hours and the game is over two and a half. Is there any way I can set this up to know when the first half is over and stop the burning in order to insert the second DVD? thanks for any help…


I’m brand new at this so forgive me if this isn’t the right place to ask a question, but…

I downloaded DVDFlick. Followed your excellent instructions. Successfully burned a PAL DVD to a disc that played on my standard American dvd player. It looks and sounds fine. But I don’t have the menu or the commentary track. Did I miss a step?



Jumper, You can either select dual layer in the menu and burn it all on 1 dual layer disc, or just create an iso file and then shrink it to a normal disc size with dvdshrink. 2.5 hrs. isn"t that big, actually, it seems like it would fit without any modifications anyway, wouldn’t it? In any event, I just burned a 5 hr. MasterCam Tutorial on one normal disk with Nero.


I’m a bit unclear, but if you’re just trying to copy a disc, you should use something else like dvdshrink and IMGburn. Then you will get the same menus, etc. as the original. DVD Flick is for creating DVDs from files you download, or upload from a vidcam or something like that.


Thanks guys you have been helpful, but i am still having trouble with the audio part of my movie making. The images look great but the sound is still very bad… Help Please:o:sad:


@Chewy & @Locoeng, I have found your help very use full. But i am still having trouble making movies with dvd flick. The images look great but the sound skips freezes and just sounds bad. I followed your easy to use guide, and everything looked good until i played it on the dvd player and the sound was horrible.I read that if my laptop isnt dual core processor it cant make movies. Someone anyone please help ive wasted 23 dvd+r/cd-r and its always just the sound!!! Could it be my laptop???


Your message was the first here since 2009, so I expect everyone has gone off doing other things, unfortunately (since I had a question, too!)…