How to Burn DVD on a Mac

Are you looking for a way to save movies on DVD, Blu-ray discs and share them with loved ones?

You are at the right place; we will share steps to burn DVDs on Mac.

Need of Burning Movies to DVD

In pursuit of moving users to iCloud, Apple, for some years now, has been moving away from the DVD and CD drive for some years now. All users do not welcome this strategy, and some still want to burn and play CDs and DVDs on their Mac.

Understanding this, in this post, we will explain how to burn movies to DVD.

Benefits of Burning Movies on a DVD

  • Burning movies on your Mac is a good choice for sharing.
  • Save disk space occupied by movies saved on Mac.

Now that you know the benefits, let us learn how to burn a movie to DVD on Mac.

  • Method 1. The quick and most straightforward solution for burning movies to DVD on Mac
  • Method 2. Free solution to burn movies to DVD on Mac
  • Method 3. The direct method to burn movies to DVD with Finder

Method 1. Easiest Way for burning movies to DVD on Mac.

To burn a movie to DVD on Mac, we recommend using Wondershare UniConverter, powerful software that allows burning movies and other videos to DVD.

You can customize, edit, trim, crop, add subtitles and burn movies to DVD using free menu templates provided by Wondershare Uniconvertor

Wondershare UniConverter

  • Burn movies, HD videos, and more on DVD without compromising the quality.
  • Burn ISO image file or DVD folder to Movies.
  • Different static and dynamic free DVD menu templates.
  • Customizable DVD settings.
  • Real-time preview and 90X faster DVD burning speed.
  • The built-in video editor.
  • Batch DVD video conversion.
  • Burn downloaded movies & recorded movies to DVD.
  • Versatile toolbox
  • Supported OS: Windows & Mac.

How to burn a movie to DVD?

Step 1

Download, install and launch Wondershare UniConverter. Click browse and add movies or drag and drop movies into the converter.

Wondershare UniConverter

Step 2

If you want to cut, crop, or trim a specific part of a movie before burning it to DVD, this is the step for you. To edit, click the desired editing icon under the thumbnail image.

However, if you don’t want to edit the movie, you can skip this step.

dvd burner

Step 3

Select DVD template for movies from the right panel. Next, click the edit icon next to the template design name and open the Template window.

DVD template

Step 4

Give DVD a label and select related parameters like TV standard, quality, aspect ratio, and menu types.

dvd label

Step 5

Next, click the top-right corner > Burn Video tab > select the location where you want to burn the movie files. Insert a blank disk and hit the Burn button.

Burn Video tab

Method 2. Burning a movie to DVD with Finder.

If you do not want to use a third-party software to burn DVD, Mac offers a direct method to burn a movie to DVD. To use this method, your Mac needs to have either a built-in optical drive or an option to connect an external drive.

Steps on how to burn a movie to DVD on Mac directly:

Step 1: Insert a blank disc into your Mac. Open Finder. This will show the disc on the Mac desktop.

blank disc

Step 2: Double-click on the disc; you will now see an entry with an Untitled DVD. Drag and drop the movies you want to burn. Arrange the files and rename them if required.

Untitled DVD

Step 3: Select the Disc Name tab, and name the DVD.

Step 4: Click Burn speed and select other options.

disc name

Step 5: Lastly, click Burn & start the burning process.

Part 2. Free solution to burn movies to DVD on Mac.

If you are looking for a free Mac burn DVD movie solution, Burn software is a decent choice. Using this program, you can burn movies, music, data, and other videos to a disc. The interface of the software is simple and intuitive that makes it easy for non-techy users as well.

Key features:

  • Allows creating decent quality discs from movies on your Mac.
  • Allows creating an audio CD in a few simple steps. Offers advanced options like MP3 tagging and CD-text.
  • Allows creating interactive menus by selecting a theme or creating your own as needed.
  • Copy one disc to another or use disk images to create a DVD.
  • Convert video and audio files to disc compatible format.

Additional Method – Burning movies to DVD on Mac using Burn:

Step 1: Download, install and launch the Burn program. Click the Video tab, and select the DVD-Video option from the drop down menu.

DVD-Video option

Step 2: Click the Burn menu to open Preferences. Click the Video tab > select NTSC or PAL from the Region settings.

If you want to preview the file click the Preview button present on the bottom of the preference window.

burn menu

Step 3: To add the movie click + from the main window. To start the process click Convert > select the location to save the file.

Since Burn is a basic tool you will only get to use limited features. Also compared to UnivConvertor its speed is slower.


Using these simple steps and the amazing tool like Wondershare UniConvertor, you can quickly burn movies to DVD. If you want to burn CDs with themes and customize things use the Wondershare tool. However, you can go with the manual steps if you don’t want to spend on a DVD burning tool. 

Do let us know which method you picked and your experience in the comments section.

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