How to Burn Movies Onto DVD With a Mac

By Tony Smith

Apple's iLife suite, which comes pre-installed on new Mac computers, provides the perfect tool for burning your movies to DVD. With Apple's iDVD software, you can burn your movies to DVD, complete with menus. The software is easy to use, and it has built-in templates to make your DVDs look professional.

Things You'll Need

  • iDVD software
  • DVD-R disc(s)

Step 1

Launch the iDVD application.

Step 2

Click the "Create a New Project" button.

Step 3

Type in a name for your DVD project file. Choose your save location and aspect ratio. Choose Standard if you plan to play your DVD on an older television, or use Widescreen if you are using a newer HD television. Click the "Create" button.

Step 4

Double-click an image to choose your menu theme from the list on the right. Be sure to choose a theme that has the same aspect ratio as the one you chose in Step 3.

Step 5

Double-click the name of the theme in the main window and type in a name for your DVD. Drag your video file(s) over to the window to add them.

Step 6

Click the "Burn this iDVD Project to a disc" pinwheel button at the bottom of the screen. Insert a blank DVD-R, click "Burn" and iDVD will burn your DVD-R and eject it when finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you get a warning message that iDVD doesn't support the file format of the video file you try to drag to the window, or if the file doesn't appear, you'll have to convert the file to .mov format using QuickTime Pro or another video converter first.
  • iDVD only supports a limited number of video formats. It's best to stick to .mpeg, .avi, or .mov files.

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