How to Burn MP4 Files to DVD

By David Wayne

If you have several MP4 files you'd like to burn to a video DVD, use any of the simple, free DVD-authoring tools available for Windows. Since Windows doesn't include DVD-authoring software, you must use third-party tools to create playable DVDs with menus, titles and chapter information compatible with most home DVD players. Depending on the amount of time you want to spend authoring a DVD, you can customize your finished product with subtitle fonts and colors or you can quickly burn multiple MP4 files with a few clicks.

Quickly Burn a DVD With Freemake

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of Freemake (link in Resources). This program offers one of the simplest DVD-burning interfaces, while still enabling you to choose from a variety of navigation menus and video quality options.

Step 2

Launch Freemake, click “Video” and select one or more MP4 files from your computer. To select multiple files, drag the mouse over several files or hold down “Ctrl” while clicking files. Click “Open” to add the selection(s) to Freemake.

Step 3

Click “To DVD” to open the DVD-authoring menu. Enter a title in the DVD Title field to give your disc a label that computers -- but not DVD players -- can display. Select a menu type from the DVD Menu Type list, such as “Motion Menu,” “Thumbnail Menu” or “Text Menu.”

Step 4

Insert a blank DVD into your optical drive, click the “Choose Destination” menu and select the drive. Click “Burn” to create the disc. Depending on the file size, burning a DVD can take 15 to 30 minutes.

Custom DVD Menu With DVDStyler

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of DVDStyler for Windows (link in Resources). This free, lightweight program offers a built-in tree browser with thumbnail file previews, as well as customizable menu backgrounds, buttons and labels.

Step 2

Launch DVDStyler and select your settings from the New Project pop-up window. Select “NTSC” from the Video Format section, then choose “16:9” from the Aspect Ratio section for widescreen video or “4:3” for standard video. Click “OK” to start the new project.

Step 3

Browse through your files in the tree browser sidebar. Selecting a file in the browser displays a thumbnail preview in the center column. Drag files from the tree browser to the Titleset Manager and arrange them in any order by dragging them to a position. The status bar shows how much space is left on your DVD.

Step 4

Select a menu background from the tree browser by double-clicking an image. Click the “Buttons” tab and add menu buttons by dragging them to a position in the Menu Editor. Edit a button's action by double-clicking the button. The Properties Editor window displays options for the selected button. Select a DVD chapter to link to the button from the Jump To section and name the button by entering text in the Label field. Click “OK” to save the properties. Repeat this process for each button in your menu.

Step 5

Enter a blank DVD into your optical drive and click “Burn.” Select your drive from the Device menu and click “Start” to burn the DVD.

Add Subtitles With DVD Flick

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of DVD Flick (link in Resources). This free program offers a simple subtitle editor and a selection of menu presets.

Step 2

Click “Add Title” to choose an MP4 file. In the Title window, select the “Subtitles” tab, click “Add” and choose a subtitle file in SRT format. The Subtitle window displays font, color, position and transparency properties for the subtitles. As you edit your preferences, the preview window displays your subtitles over the selected MP4 video. Click “Accept” to add the subtitles to the project.

Step 3

Click “Menu Settings” and choose a DVD menu option from the sidebar. You can't customize the menu in DVD Flick, but you can preview the selected menu in the preview window. After making your selection, click “Accept.”

Step 4

Click “Project Settings” and select “DVD” from the Target Size menu. Select “DVD (4.3GB)” for a standard DVD or “DVD (8.2GB)” for a dual-layer disc. Click “Accept” to confirm your settings.

Step 5

Insert a blank DVD into your optical drive and click “Burn.” Select “Burn Project to Disc” and choose your drive from the Drive menu. To ensure an error-free burn, choose a low setting from the Speed menu, such as “2X.” Burn the disc by clicking “Accept.”