How to Burn an MP4 Movie File to DVD

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The MP4 video format, while highly compatible with computers and mobile devices like iPods and Zunes, is not compatible with the files used on a DVD disc. Burn an MP4 movie file from the computer's hard drive onto a DVD using a DVD copy program. The DVD copy program, of which there are a number freely available, will convert the MP4 movie file and then burn it onto the DVD disc. No expertise in how a DVD works is needed, and the procedure is straightforward and can be done by a novice as easily as the more experienced computer user.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank recordable DVD disc

Step 1

Download and install a DVD copy program to the computer's desktop, for example, the free ImgBurn program for a PC or the free Burn program for a Mac. Restart the PC after the installation is completed to ensure that the Windows operating system will not behave erratically.

Step 2

Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive, place a blank recordable DVD disc on the tray and close it if on a PC. Insert the blank recordable DVD disc into the side slot if on a Mac.

Step 3

Launch the DVD copy program by selecting it from the "Start," "All Applications" pop-up menu if on a PC or by double-clicking its icon inside of the "Applications" folder if on a Mac.

Step 4

Click on the "Video" tab or button at the top of the DVD copy program's main screen. Select the "DVD drive" from the "Devices" or "Destination" drop down menu on the DVD copy program's main screen.

Step 5

Drag the MP4 file that is to be burned onto the DVD disc from the hard drive and onto the icon of the DVD copy program-the icon is on the toolbar at the bottom right of the screen if on a PC or in the dock to the left or bottom of the screen if on a Mac.

Step 6

Click the "Start" or "Burn" button at the bottom of the DVD copy program's main screen. A progress bar at the bottom of the screen will fill in from left to right as the MP4 file is converted to the DVD-compatible format and burned to the DVD disc.

Step 7

Quit the DVD copy program when the progress bar has filled in. Right-click on the DVD disc's icon on the desktop and select "Eject" if on a PC. Drag the DVD disc's icon to the Trash if on a Mac. Eject the disc tray, remove the DVD and close the disc tray if on a PC. Remove the DVD from the side slot if on a Mac.

Tips & Warnings

  • An inexpensive blank recordable DVD is more likely to fail to burn that one made from more costly materials.