How to Burn a DVD From iTunes

By Chris Moore

Creating a DVD from video files in iTunes is not as easy a task as some would like. This is because the iTunes video files have copyright protection that makes it impossible to create DVDs that will work in most regular DVD players. You can make one playable on a computer DVD player, but since it's a data DVD and not a video one, you may lose some picture quality.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with DVD-writable drive
  • Blank DVD

Step 1

Open the iTunes application on your computer. Double-check the format your video files are in (iTunes has video files in multiple formats) and make sure your DVD writable drive supports the format(s). Insert a blank DVD into the drive, making sure its format (+, - or +-) also works with the drive.

Step 2

Open iTunes' DVD creation page by selecting the DVD option in the iTunes main menu list. It is in "Preferences" in the "iTunes" list under the "Advanced" tab. Select the "Data CD or DVD" option.

Step 3

Make a new playlist by selecting "New Playlist" from the file menu. This playlist will appear on the left side of the screen. Locate all the video files you want to burn and drag them down to this playlist, making sure they are in the order you want them to be burned/played in.

Step 4

Click on the new playlist with the video files to highlight it and click on the "Burn Disc" button to copy the files to the DVD. The recording process can take a few minutes. Once finished, you should have a DVD that can work on any computer DVD player that recognizes the iTunes format.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to create a DVD that will work on regular players, you will need to find DVD-ripping software that will accomplish the task. This type of software creates a new copy of the video files in a format most DVD players can read; however, the legality is highly questionable.