How to Convert JPG Files to a Video DVD

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You can create a DVD movie from JPGs.

Mixing and matching media formats, such as image files and video, may seem complicated, but many programs make the process simple. The footage that is burned to DVD is often created in standard video-editing programs, and many standard video editing programs accept still image files, such as JPG. In a video editor that accepts JPG files, you can easily turn those files into a movie or slide show and burn the completed movie to DVD.


Step 1

Launch a video-editing application on your computer. If you have a program you are comfortable working in, you can try that program first. You may find that it accepts JPG files. Windows Movie Maker and iMovie, which often come pre-installed on Windows and Mac computers respectively, are two standard video editors with JPG-compatibility.


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Step 2

Import the JPG files that you want to use to create the video DVD. To import in most editing programs, go to "File" and select "Import" or "Import Media." Locate the JPG files on your computer's hard drive in the search window that comes up and double-click each file to pull it in.


Step 3

Drag the JPG image files from the "Imported files" pane into the timeline of the movie editor in the order that you would like for them to appear in the video on the DVD. To shorten or lengthen the amount of time that a particular image plays on the screen, click on the right edge of the clip and drag it forward or backward on the timeline. The time display at the top of the timeline shows you how long the clip is set to play.


Step 4

Add a musical track, or another audio track, to your JPG video by going to "File>Import" again, finding the audio file on your hard drive and double-clicking the file to import it into the program. Drag the imported file to the "Audio" track of the timeline. Just like with the video clips, lengthen or shorten to audio by dragging the right edge.


Step 5

Publish the completed JPG clip video as a movie file. In most video editors, publish by going to "File>Publish" or "File>Export." In iMovie, the export option is found under the "Share" menu. When the "Publish" or "Export" window comes up, enter a name for the file, choose a folder on your hard drive and click the "Publish Movie" or "Export Movie" button.


Step 6

Insert a blank DVD-R in the DVD drive of your computer and open a DVD-burning program. If you do not have a DVD-burning program, download one at CNET.

Step 7

Click the "Upload" or "Add" button in the DVD-burning program to add the JPG movie you created. When the browse window opens, find the file on your hard drive and double-click the file name to open it in the burning program.


Step 8

Navigate to the final page of the DVD-burning program. Click the "Burn" or "Write" button to burn the JPG movie to disc.

Things You'll Need

  • JPG image files

  • Video-editing program

  • DVD-burning program

  • DVD-R


Some JPG file types created in camcorders are not compatible with iMovie. Camcorders known to have a compatibility issue, according to Apple Support, are Panasonic DMC-GH1, Panasonic DMC-FT1 and Panasonic DMC-ZS3.