In this tutorial I show how to render a video for DVD or Blu-ray Disc with Menus and how to Import it into DVD Architect Pro.

The method I show in this tutorial involves using Sony Vegas Pro 13 to render your video first and then sending the video to DVD Architect Pro, where you can then add Menus and burn a DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

If you don't need to create menus and simply want to burn a quick DVD or Blu-ray Disc, please use this alternate tutorial here: How to Burn a DVD or Blu-ray Disc using Sony Vegas Pro

Topics Covered in this Tutorial

Importing your Videos
Checking your Project Properties and Matching Media Settings
Create your Project
"Render As" Window Settings
Selecting a Video Template for Rendering/Exporting to DVD
Selecting an Audio Template for Rendering/Exporting to DVD
Selecting a Video Template for Rendering/Exporting to Blu-ray disc
Selecting an Audio Template for Rendering/Exporting to Blu-ray disc
Importing Video File into DVD Architect Pro
Importing Video into DVD Architect Main Menu
Making the DVD or Blu-ray disc
Writable DVDs and Blu-ray discs

Step 1 - Import your Videos

Import your Videos into the Vegas Pro timeline.

As soon as you import your first Video into the timeline, Vegas Pro may open up a new window that says: "Do you want to set your Project Video Settings to Match this Media" ?

If this window does pop up, please say YES. This will automatically set your Project Properties for you.

If this window does not open up, do not worry. This normally means your Project Properties already match the media you have just imported. However you should not assume that this is always true. In the next step I will show you how to check that everything is set correctly.

Match Media

Step 2 - Check your Project Properties and Match Media Settings

Look above the Preview Window and press the Project Properties button to open the window.

Project Properties Button

If the pop up window from Step 1 did not appear for you, press the Match Media Video Settings button which is marked with the red arrow below. Now navigate through your computer and select the same video you imported into your project above. If you imported more than one video, you only have to do this process once. This will automatically match your original videos properties to be the same as the Project Properties for the entire project.

The advantage of doing this, is that it should give you much smoother playback in the Preview Window while you are edting and also make sure you will be outputting to the correct video type for your DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

One of the biggest mistakes I see people making all the time, is setting the wrong Frame Rate for their projects. Using the Match Media function, will help to reduce the chance of this happening and take some load of your CPU. If your project properties frame rate settting is different to the frame rate for the  videos you are using, this can make your CPU have to do a lot of unnecessary work. Setting these values the same or in even mutliples of the original, improves performance with the program and quality of the final product.

While you are in this window, make sure to also set the Full Resolution Rendering Quality to Best.

Project Properties - video

Then go to the Audio tab and make sure the Resample and Stretch Quality is also set to Best.

Project Properties - audio

Step 3 - Create your Project

Edit and create your project as you normally would. Remember to Save As, create a folder for your project and name it. Sometimes people forget this simplest of steps before rendering video and wonder why they can't find their videos later !

Step 4 - "Render As" window settings

When you prepare video for a DVD with Menus or a Blu-ray Disc with Menus, you must render the Video and Audio components as separate files. All DVDs and Blu-rays in the Universe follow this protocol, so don't think I am trying to teach you something that you can do differently. Your separate Video and Audio files must be given the exact same name and saved to the exact same folder location. The reason why this is important, is because DVD Architect Pro needs to know which files are meant to be synced together.

Start by Rendering the Video file. Go to File - Render As.

First make sure the Output Folder location has been set correctly, so that the video is saved to your project folder.

If you have added any Chapter Points to your video, make sure to select View all options at the very bottom of the Render As window. This will activate further settings.

Then select Save project markers in rendered media file.

*Please note that you will probably need to expand the window to a much larger size and use the side slider, in order to see all the controls.

Render As - video templates

Step 5 - Select Video Template for Rendering/Exporting a DVD

If you want to render a Video for Blu-ray Disc with Menus, go directly to Step 7.

Select Mainconcept MPEG-2 from the list of available formats and press the little triangle to reveal all template options.

I have marked the three most likely templates you would choose from with a yellow star. These three templates are all suitable for 16:9 Apect Ratio Widescreen Video output.

If your Project is using a Frame Rate of 29.97fps, 30fps, 60fps or 120fps,
select DVD Architect NTSC Widescreen video stream.

If your Project is using a Frame Rate of 23.976fps, 24fps or 48fps,
select DVD Architect 24p NTSC Widescreen video stream.

If your Project is using a Frame Rate of 25fps, 50fps or 100fps,
select DVD Architect PAL Widescreen video stream.

Once you have selected the correct template that Matches your Project Properties the best, you can press Render to begin rendering the video.

Step 6 - Select Audio Template for rendering/Exporting a DVD

Once you have rendered your video file, you now need to go back into Render As and do a second render for your Audio file. There are a couple of different Audio Formats you could render to for a DVD. To keep things simple, I think it is best to stick with the most commonly used audio template for video.

Find Dolby Digital AC-3 Pro, open it up and select Stereo DVD.

Press Render and Audio file will render.

Once this is finished, you are ready to import your video into DVD Architect Pro. Go to Step 9 now.

If you want to render video for Blu-ray Disc, proceed to Step 7.

Render As - audio template

Step 7 - Select Video Template for Rendering/Exporting to Blu-ray Disc

Blu-ray Discs support a wider range of Formats and Bit Rates compared to DVDs. For a start Blu-ray is mainly designed for storing 720p and 1080i HD Video, whereas good old fashioned DVDs can only support 480i Standard Definition video.

Please start by going briefly back to Step 4 and make sure all the boring settings look good.

You have a choice between rendering to Mainconcept MPEG-2 for Blu-ray or Sony AVC/MVC for Blu-ray. MPEG-2 will allow you to render to a higher Bit Rate, whereas Sony AVC/MVC will allow you to use GPU Acceleration for your video processing, if you have a compatible Graphics Card. I normally use MPEG-2, however I suggest you do some experiments yourself and see which format you prefer.

Format Choices for Blu-ray

Once you have chosen a format, press the little triangle to reveal full list of templates.

Use the same information I taught about Frame Rates for DVD and apply this to selecting the correct output format. Selecting the correct Frame Rate is extremely important if you want good quality video !

Mainconcept MPEG-2 templates

Best templates marked with yellow triangle.

Mainconcept MPEG-2 Blu-ray options

Sony AVC/MVC templates

Sony AVC/MVC Blu-ray options

Once you have made a selection, press Render to start rendering your video file.

Step 8 - Select Audio Template for Rendering/Exporting to Blu-ray disc

There are many different Audio Formats you can choose from for Blu-ray Disc production, however in the interests on keeping this as simple as possible, I will show you my favourite Audio Format for making a Blu-ray. I normally use Sony Wave64 and select the 48,000Hz, 24 Bit, Stereo, PCM template. Wave64 audio files are un-compressed, which means you get the best quality audio possible.

Once you have made a selection, press Render to start rendering your audio file.

Selecting Audio for Blu-ray

Step 9 - Importing Video file into DVD Architect Pro

Boot up DVD Architect Pro 6.0 and go to File - New to create a new Project.

The most important step now is to set your Project Properties in DVD Architect Pro to match excactly the type of Video and Audio you rendered with Vegas Pro. If you can do this correctly, it will mean that DVD Architect does not have to do any major rendering. It will be able to burn directly to disc your video and audio from Vegas Pro. If you get this wrong, DVD Architect will re-render your project and drastically increase the time it takes to make your disc.

Settings for DVD

Make sure to watch the video tutorial for detailed instructions. If you need some help, go all the way back to Step 5 for guidance on which video format you should select.

Remember that if you are in a PAL country, you will be using 720x576-50i.

AC-3 Stereo = Dolby Digital audio. This is the most likely choice for making a DVD.

DVD settings

Settings for Blu-ray Disc

There are a large selection of video formats, so take your time and make sure to select the same one you used in Vegas Pro to render your video file.

PCM Stereo is the setting to use if you rendered to a Wave64 audio format.

Blu-ray settings

How to Import your Video file ?

There are a many different ways you can import video into DVD Architect Pro, however there is one way that is superior to all other methods because it gives you maximum control inside the programs technical settings.

Right-click on Untitled and select Insert Media.

Navigate through your computer and find the .mpg video file if you are making a DVD.

If you are making a Blu-ray Disc, it should have a file extension of .m2v

You DO NOT have to import the audio file as well. DVD Architect will automatically import this file for you, behind the scenes.

Import Video 1

Once you have imported all the videos for your project, remember to name and save your new DVD Architect Pro project file.

Go to File -  Save As

If there is no folder inside My Documents called DVD Architect Pro 6.0 Projects, create one now and save all your DVD projects to here - this is your Master Folder.

Now create a New Folder for your current project and name it. Then open this new folder and name/save the actual project.dar project file.

Step 10 - Import Video into DVDA Main Menu

The purpose of this tutorial is not to explain how to make fancy menus with DVDA. I have other tutorials about that topic you can find on Movie Studio Zen. So we can complete the tutorial, drag your video/videos onto the Main Menu screen. Now you can spend hours and days making a glorious masterpiece.

To make sure your project is working properly, press the Preview button.

Once you have finished building your DVD/Blu-ray Menus, remember to do one final Save As.

Step 11 - Making the DVD or Blu-ray Disc

When you are ready to burn the actual disc, go to Make DVD or Make Blu-ray Disc.

Select Burn

Select Current Project

Press Browse and then read below for further instructions.

DVD Architect Pro does this weird thing I do not like, which I think creates lots of confusion. It will want to save the disc files to an automatically created folder called My Discs. That is OK, however My Discs will not be sitting inside your new project folder. To fix this, press Browse, find the new My Discs folder and drag it into your new project folder. Finally, make sure to select the My Discs folder and press OK.

Press Next and check any messages about your project. Some may need attending to, but most are just silly warnings that are of no real consequence.

The final screen will look like this. Make sure to insert the right type of DVD or Blu-ray Disc and press Finish. DVDAP will prepare, render menus and then finally burn disc. End of story.

Burn Disc - final screen.

Writeable DVDs and Blu-ray Disc Capacities

Single Layer 4.7GB discs can hold about 60-90 minutes of best quality MPEG-2 Video for DVD.

If your video is too big for a single layer 4.7GB disc, you can use Dual Layer 8.5GB discs which can hold 120-180 minutes of best quality MPEG-2 Video for DVD.

If you only have 4.7GB Single Layer discs and the estimated size is larger than 4.7GBs, you will have to use a different method for creating your DVDs.

Please read this article for futher instructions:
How to Compress and Fit a Long Video onto a DVD

Single Layer 25GB Blu-ray Discs can hold about 90 minutes of best quality MPEG-2 Video for Blu-ray.

Dual Layer 50GB Blu-ray Discs can hold 180-240 minutes of best quality MPEG-2 Video for Blu-ray.


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    Gilberto · 15:39 03/03/2018
    Hello again! a question! What is the combination of keyboard keys to do the copy and add? Thank you and good night.
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      · 16:25 03/03/2018
      Same as inside Windows.
      CTRL+C = Copy
      CTRL + V = Paste
      Delete = Delete
      You can also hold the CTRL key down and drag a video to side, and this will create a carbon copy.
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    Gilberto · 08:09 03/03/2018
    Excellent information,thank you very much.Although English is not my first language it's all very well explained.
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      · 11:58 03/03/2018
      Thank you
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    NARDUS CONRADIE · 19:03 10/08/2017
    Thank you for the tutorials. I am using Vegas 13. How can I import additional ISO image to a Blu-ray Disc when using Power 2 Go
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      · 07:53 11/08/2017
      This tutorial has nothing to do with Cyberlink Power2Go.
      I don't use Power2Go, so can't really help you.
      However, any program that supports ISO files, can burn an ISO file for you.
      DVD Architect or Windows, can burn ISO files for you.
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    Christian Vermylen · 19:50 16/07/2017
    Thanks for yet another plain, complete and very comprehensible tutorial.
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      · 23:01 16/07/2017
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    Tony Mogavero · 16:38 14/11/2016
    Thanks for unlocking the mysteries of Bluray formats for me:)
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    Pete M · 01:44 22/05/2016
    Derek, love your videos. They are always helpful. I hope you can help me out with a perplexing problem which I can't seem to figure out or find any help online with. I have a Blu-ray video project I created using Movie Studio Platinum 13.0 and created a menu-based, Blu-ray DVD through DVD Architect 5.0. Trouble is, when I go to burn the project to a DVD single layer BD-R disc, I keep getting the same message: "Insert writeable disc". I have gone through all 50 Memorex BD-R discs and also bought Verbatim BD-R discs, but still the same problem. I have confirmed and/or updated drivers, firmware, etc. and still the same issue. I completed a similar, almost exact, project just prior to this particular one and no issues whatsoever. I also created a quick menu based blu ray project and was able to burn it easily (as it should) to both the Memorex and the Verbatim BD-R discs. Not sure what is going on, but I have been trying to figure this one out for the last few months. The computer I am using is an All in One PC with Windows 10 O/S.
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      · 17:48 23/05/2016
      Hi Pete M
      The way you have worded your message is a bit confusing. A [b]Blu-ray disc[/b] is different to a [b]DVD[/b]. There is no such thing as a "Blu-ray DVD". It is either a [b]DVD[/b] or [b]Blu-ray disc[/b]. I will assume you are only talking about making Blu-ray discs.
      Do you have the Project Properties in DVD Architect Studio set to Blu-ray? If this is set incorrectly to DVD settings instead, you will never be able to burn a Blu-ray disc. Go to File/Properties and check this.
      If you rendered all your video files in Movie Studio first, it is really important that you set the Project Properties in DVDA to the same settings your rendered with in Movie Studio.
      Also make sure you have the latest Build version of DVDA installed. In DVDA, go to Help/Sony on the Web/Check Updates.
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        Pete M · 01:10 31/05/2016
        Thanks for the reply and solution. Yes, I meant Blu-ray. I checked the properties in DVDA and found that in fact it wasn't set to Blu-ray. I feel dumb for not looking at that in the first place! Something so simple fixed it. Thanks again for the guidance and solution. Keep up the great work!
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          · 01:49 31/05/2016
          Excellent! I'm glad you fixed the problem
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    Keith M · 06:01 06/05/2016
    Hi Derek, I am wanting to edit 1920x1080 50i footage from my Panasonic HD camera in the same project as footage from a Sony Action Cam which can shoot only in either 25p or 50p, not in 50i. Then I want to render and burn the project to bluray with menus as in your tutorial. I'm using Movie Studio Platinum 11. Can I do this in a single project, ie will Movie Studio cope with the different frame rates in a single project? If so, what fame rate should I shoot the Action Cam footage in, 25p or 50p? In the Panasonic I do have the option of shooting in 50p as opposed to 50i but this increases file sizes and slows editing so I'd prefer not to do this (and I know bluray can only handle 50i anyway). Also, what Project Settings should I use when doing the editing? Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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      · 17:38 23/05/2016
      Hi Keith
      Sorry for the delay in answering your questions.
      Mixing different Frame Rates that are multiples of each other is OK. If you have been watching my tutorials, you will know that I recommend to Match your Media settings when you import your videos. You can only do this once, so it is best to set the Project Properties to Match the video type your have the most of in your project. So if most is 50i and only some 25p or 50p, match the media settings to 50i video. If the reverse was true, set to 25p or 50p.
      When shooting video, use 25p for everyday video. 50p is preferred when shooting fast moving subject matter or you want to do slow motion effects in Movie Studio.
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    IMI Comp · 16:03 01/11/2015
    Hi Derek, nice tutorial. But what if we want to make an image like an ISO file instead of burn it directly to a disc, how can we do that?
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      · 12:30 02/11/2015
      At Step 11 in the tutorial above, press the drop down box for [b]Device[/b] and you will find [b]ISO Image Writer[/b].
      Make sure to check the file name and location of where the ISO file is going to be saved to, in setting underneath this.
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    Mohamed, an amateur · 18:40 27/10/2015
    Dear Derek, You are so kind and so helpful to all of us. I highly appreciate your video-training videos, and this tutorial, in particular, is so informative. Many thanks.
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      · 21:10 27/10/2015
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    Heather Parker · 09:13 25/11/2014
    Hi Derek, I've been using Sony platinum & architect for the first time and ur sites are mega helpful. I'm now trying to burn my finished project to DVD and architect is recognising the DVD writing drive HP DVD Writer 550r UH 22 BUT it's saying there is no disc. I'm using Verbatimnot cheap discs, and tried -R, + R and dual layer, but still no luck. I can't believe I've got this far to fall at the last fence!!
    Please hopefully you have the answer. The project size is 4 gb, disc 4.7 gb or dual 8.5gb
    Fingers crossed!
    Many many thanks
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      • Moderator
      · 01:06 26/11/2014
      Hi Heather
      Can you please post your question on the Forum so we can share some screen shots.
      My guess before we go any further, is that there is problem with the Firmware that runs your DVD Burner. Firmware is the software that runs hardware devices on computers.

      What is the Model of your computer ?
      If it is a laptop, this should be on a sticker underneath.
      Once I know the model for your computer, I can look up extra technical info.

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