Nowadays there are many kinds of video formats for videos to be stored in different resolutions. Some people would prefer HD resolution for better viewing experience and Burn HD video into disc. Thus the Blu-ray creator software came in being and Blu-ray discs should have menu for legibility. Next I would like to share three most popular Blu-ray menu creators with you.
Part 1: Brief introduction to Blu-ray
Blu-ray is a digital optical disc data storage format designed to store high-definition resolution videos, including HDTV 720p and 1080p and ultra-high-definition 2160P (3840×2160 pixels). The invention of Blu-ray can replace the old DVD format. Its name comes from the blue laser used to burn the disc, which allows information to be stored at a great density and is much better than the longer-wavelength red laser used for DVDs.
High-definition video can be stored on Blu-ray discs with up to 2160p resolution and at a speed of up to 60 frames per second while DVD discs are limited to a maximum resolution of 480p (NTSC, 720×480 pixels) or 576p (PAL, 720×576 pixels). Besides these hardware specifications, Blu-ray is associated with a set of multimedia formats.
Part 2: 3 Best Blu-ray Menu Creators Free
1.Leawo Blu-ray Creator
Leawo Blu-ray Creator is a Blu-ray burner to easily burn video to Blu-ray or DVD content. It is a full-functioning Blu-ray burning tool, which can burn Blu-ray discs, create Blu-ray files and photo slideshows from sources files in about more than 180 formats, including MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, WMV, VOB, BMP, etc.
Leawo Blu-ray Creator supports burning videos in various formats to Blu-ray content easily. What’s more, it allows users to edit the disc menu according to their personal preference like changing background picture and adding background music. For burning video to Blu-ray disc and creating Blu-ray photo slideshow, Leawo Blu-ray Creator also offers multiple preset disc menu templates.
Not only videos, Leawo Blu-ray Creator also allows users to import photos, make photo slideshow and then burn it to Blu-ray disc. The special effect of photo slideshow can also be edited through the internal photo slideshow editor. In addition, the built-in video editor brings more fun for editing Blu-ray content at will, such as cropping, trimming, adding text or image watermark, black margin removing, adjusting special effects like brightness, contrast ratio, saturation, etc. Other than these basic functions, the tool is equipped with some other useful functions like screenshot snapper, 4K video player, instant previewer, source chapters keeping and intuitive interface for better user experience.This Blu-ray creator is designed for both pros and beginners to create great Blu-ray content.
2.VideoSolo DVD creator
Like Leawo Blu-ray Creator, the VideoSolo DVD creator has some similar features while some are different. Using this Blu-ray creator, users can burn Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder and Blu-ray ISO file from almost all mainstream video formats.
Using this free Blu-ray menu creator, users can design their video menus with many kinds of templates from local or online resources. Users can edit the menu text content, customize subtitle and audio track, and set the background music, background picture and the opening film as they like. What’s more, it allows users to adjust video effects, trim the video length, crop video, change the aspect ratio, set position and transparency and add text or image watermark to the video.
3.AnyMP4 Blu-ray creator
Likewise, AnyMP4 Blu-ray creator, one of the top 3 Blu-ray creators shares mostly the same features as the other two. This Blu-ray Maker software can burn Blu-ray disc with many video files. It provides various Blu-ray menu templates/frames/buttons to choose in the "Edit Menu" interface. Users can rename each Blu-ray title and customize text titles with setting font type, color, size and alignment that best suit the menu design and video content. Also they can add background music and set background picture for the Blu-ray menu.
Editing audio track for adjusting the volume, latency, encoder, bit rate and channels, and subtitle for adjusting font, size, color, display position are also available. With multiple video editing features, users can freely adjust video effects, crop video frame, add text or image watermark and more. AnyMP4 Blu-ray Creator enables users to handle the whole creating process in the easiest way and at super-high speed with video acceleration technologies from multiple international technology companies.
Part 3: How to Create Menu for Blu-ray Disc with Leawo Blu-ray Menu Creator
Designing the menu by users is a mainstream feature for this kind of software. Here are an instruction on how to burn video to Blu-ray disc and design the menu using Leawo Blu-ray Creator.This burner software provides disc menu customization. All users can customize the disc menu before they burn files to discs or convert them to a Blu-ray folder or ISO files.
Step 1: Download and open the Leawo Blu-ray Creator and click the Burn tab at the top.Then drag and drop the source video file to the interface. Or you can click Add Video and choose Add Video, Add video Folder or Add ISO file to add your video content.
Step 2: Find a sidebar on the right side of the burner. If there is no such a bar, click the green button in the middle of the scroll bar with a leftwards triangle to call it out, as highlighted in the following figure and select a disc menu template to edit. There are several built-in templates under Built-in tab for users to select. Click the Online tab to view more templates online and download anyone you like by clicking the download button in the middle of every template. The Custom tab is for templates that the users have edited before and have already saved to sustom.
Step 3: The following template under the Built-in tab is taken as an example to show how to preview and edit the disc menu.
Move the cursor to one of the templates and a preview button will be shown in the middle. Click it to enter the preview panel to see what it would be like when this template is applied. Then click the edit button with a pencil on it on the sub-menu bar and enter the template editing panel.
Double click the title to edit and rename the title. When you have double-clicked the title and right click it again, you can call out the pop-up window to further change the color and size of the font. Then you can change the size and color of the font, and set the font to be bold, italic or underlined according your needs.
Click the second button at the bottom left. On the following menu, click the Background Image button to enable the image and video options. You can click the Image File button and click the browse button to select a picture from local files, which will change the background picture. To add a video as the background, click Video File button and select the source video file from local files. If you don’t like the changes, click Reset to cancel all the changes.
The left button is for background music settings. Click it and you will see another panel. Also click the Background Music button to enable options and select the source file from the computer by clicking the browse button. You can set the duration of the music playback from 1 second to 60 seconds. There are other music background playback effects like Fade in, Fade out and Loop Play. All the previous work can be undone by clicking Reset.
When finishing setting up the background and if you would like to save the menu setting as a custom template, click the save button, also the third button on the bottom left to save all the settings.
Step 4: Click the button with 4 rectangles on it to go back to the previous interface and click the green Burn button. After you insert a blank writable disc into the CD-ROM, the third option under Burn to will be selectable. Choose it and rename the disc label. Then, click the Burn button to start burning and wait for it to be done.
Part 4: Conclusion
Generally speaking, Leawo Blu-ray Creator, VideoSolo DVD Creator, and AnyMP4 DVD Creator can satisfy most needs for users of different levels, including burning videos of major formats to Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder, or ISO file, menu customization, and video editing. Leawo is the only free Blu-ray menu creator which allows users to convert images to photo slideshows and then burn them to DVD or Blu-ray content. VideoSolo doesn’t provide Mac version, which makes the other two more appeal to Mac users. Functionally Leawo provides most options for users to burn Blu-ray videos as they like.