I bought a Contour, to record some videos of myself struggling to surf, and now I decided it would be fun to splice the good parts (all three seconds) into a DVD I can give people I don’t like for Christmas. But how do I go about it? Are there any good DVD authoring tools in Linux that take the video formats I have and easily burn them onto a DVD? This article is a survey of the apps I found, and of my experience using them.

I am not measuring the absolute quality of the application, only its effectiveness for the single purpose of creating a DVD of random clips, organized according to a structure I apply arbitrarily (maybe time, maybe type, maybe source). My criteria in evaluating the software include: