How to Burn a DVD With a Mac

By Mario Calhoun

Whether you're a novice or seasoned pro Mac user, you should know how to burn your information to a DVD. Backing up your information is extremely important in case your computer needs to restored or is damaged. For data burning you can simply use Finder, while iDVD allows you to burn audio and video. DVD movies burned using iDVD are playable on home DVD players and other DVD-ROMs.

Step 1

To burn data: Insert a blank disc. A dialog box will come up asking to name your disc and select the proper format for your disc such as picture, audio or data. The name of the disc will appear as an icon on the sidebar of your Finder window. Drag files to the disc's name in Finder, followed by clicking on the icon when you are done adding files.

Step 2

Click File at the top of the screen, followed by "Burn Disc" from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

To burn video or audio: Insert a blank disc into your DVD drive. A DVD-R is recommended for DVDs you plan to use in personal DVD players, as not all DVD players are compatible with DVD-RWs.

Step 4

Start the iDVD program. Single click the "Go" button at the top of your screen and click on the Applications bar from the drop menu. Double click on the "iDVD" button in the Applications folder.

Step 5

Select "Create New Project" or "Open Existing Project." Select "Open Existing Project" if you already have a video file on your computer that requires burning. Locate the folder the video file is in and double click the file to open it.

Step 6

Add a theme to your DVD. A theme is a style that appears on the menu screen of your DVD before the video plays. Apple provides a variety of themes, or you can customize your own. To add a theme, click "Themes" at the bottom of the iDVD menu, followed by scrolling through the different themes. When you have found the preferred theme, click OK.

Step 7

Check your project for errors. Click the "Map" button and look for any exclamation points. These exclamation points represent errors that should be fixed before burning. Once you have corrected the errors, save your project and click the Burn button located at the bottom of the iDVD program.