Subscribe for updates and inspiration!


Grease was the word around here a few weeks ago. My daughter and her high school theatre department performed the iconic musical in November to packed out audiences for a week! It was so exciting. My husband video taped the performances so all the cast could have a copy of the show. Sounds like a simple plan, right? Well, the snag is that burning DVDs right now is not as easy as it was in the past. The reason? Technology has changed and most people are storing things in the cloud. Therefore, many computers don’t provide for dvd burning these days. This becomes especially a problem when you have a video of about 2 hours like we had.

So, I had the task of finding a way to put together an edited version of the show, convert it to a smaller size, and then burn dvds for the students. I tried several free software programs but none of them would allow me to do what I needed. Finally, on Christmas Eve, I found the one that worked! It was a Christmas miracle! I used Wondershare DVD Creator and it worked like a charm. I did have to purchase the software instead of using the free version, but it was worth the $39.99.

I used Movie Maker Live to piece together the video first. I needed to edit the footage a little so this made it pretty simple to do. It took forever for the video to load, but it looked nice when I was done with a title, etc. Then I used Wondershare DVD Creator and selected the template I wanted the DVD to use for my video and titled the video. I loaded the video into Wondershare and again it took forever, but it was worth it. Finally when the video had processed I was able to burn copies of the video on DVDs using my external DVD burner.

With the end of the school year around the corner, I thought some of you may be putting together class videos and might need some help if you have parents wanting DVDs of the presentations. I do use the cloud for just about everything for storing and sharing, but this particular file was so large and many of the parents requested a DVD copy so I had to go old school and work through this process. Like I said earlier, many computers now don’t even have a DVD player/burner so you may find yourself needing to purchase an external burner and software to burn your favorite videos. All the trouble was worth it because the students and their families were able to watch an incredible show and cherish the memories made during the production of the show. We watched it ourselves several times to see our hysterical daughter play the part of Jan, the cutest Pink Lady ever!

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Latest on Twitter

Missouri Teachers of the Year and Teacher of the Year finalists share what they love about being educators, how teachers shaped their own lives, and the power just one great teacher has to change lives every day. Watch:

"We live in a project-based world." - @drlorielliott in #PBLAnywhere.
This is a SUPER practical guide for implementing #PBL in any setting. Lori also has a #DBCUniversity digital course on it!!
#dbcincbooks #tlap

Calling ALL PK-12 Classrooms Around the Globe, join us for the 11th annual Gingerbread STEM Community Project where students research what goods & services are the most important to them and then construct gingerbread inspired structures. #gingerbreadstem

November is here and it’s time for one of my favorite integrated units about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I’ve updated the resources for 2022 and I’m excited to share with students!

Latest on Facebook

Let’s add some holiday fun to word work this month! I love the original Making Words strategy by Cunningham & Hall. I put together 5 of my favorite December Making Words lessons with everything you need to customize the lessons for your students. Whether you need something for whole group, small group, or independent practice.. I’ve got you covered with lots of options in this new file. Happy Word Making! 🎄 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
View on Facebook
November is here and it is time for one of my very favorite integrated units… The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & More! I’ve updated the unit for 2022 and can’t wait to share it with you. Head to to grab your copy. 🦃 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Bugs & Kisses! Getting ready for a spooky day of learning on Monday! Found this adorable free printable at Thank you, @sugarandsoulco! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

© 2020 Dr. Lori Elliott | All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy | Designed by Kelsey Romine