How to Burn Movies to DVD on Mac and Windows - 4 Options

Connie Wisley
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You probably want to burn DVD movies to watch smoothly on your DVD player, to have a wonderful time with your family & friends, or just to back them up. Regardless of the reason, burning movies to DVD can be quite easy, as long as you get the right way. The purpose of this article is to introduce how to burn movies to DVD on Mac and Windows.


What type of DVD to use for burning movies?

Disc type Recordability Compatibility Decimal Capacity
DVD±R Write once Very good 4.7 GB
DVD±R DL Write once Very good 8.5 GB
DVD±RW Rewritable May be incompatible with some specific DVD players 4.7 GB
DVD-RAM Rewritable Bad 4.7 GB
DVD-ROM Read only Require compatible software and codec to play on the computer 4.7 GB

Obviously, DVD-ROM can’t burn a movie to DVD, and DVD-RAM discs are now less commonly used.

There are 2 main types of DVD formats for burning movies, either come in R or RW. DVD R discs can record once and are not erasable, while DVD RW discs allow you to rewrite and erase data multiple times. DVD R DL is a derivative of the DVD R format, which stands for dual layer and offers nearly double storage capacity. Basically, most DVD drives support DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW.

You can purchase empty DVDs from brands such as Verbatim, Sony, Smart Buy, etc. online on Amazon, Rima, eBay, and other websites.

How to Burn Movies to DVD to Play on DVD Player on Mac?

There was a period when creating and burning DVD movies on Mac was such a piece of cake, for the availability of iDVD, however, Apple has discontinued this application and the 3rd party software is indispensable to do the job. Here we pick the best 2 DVD movie burning software for Mac.

#1 Cisdem DVD Burner (the best choice)

Cisdem DVD Burner aims to burn movies or video clips downloaded from Youtube, Dailymotion, or any movie streaming website into high-resolution DVD. It supports all movie formats, such as 3GP, AVI, DIV, VOB, FLV, M4V, MKV, MPEG, MP4, MPV, MOV, QT, RMVB, WMV, etc., including SD/HD ones. It builds in a video editor and DVD menu creator to ensure that your output result is personalized.

Steps to burn movies to DVD on Mac with Cisdem:

Step 1. Download and install DVD Burner for Mac to your computer, then launch it.

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Step 2. Click to upload your movies to the program, you can batch add movies for burning.

add videos

Step 3. Edit movies before burning.

Click under the movie thumbnail and the editing interface will be brought up. Now, you can edit movie videos according to your needs.

edit videos

Step 4. Make a DVD menu.

Access to DVD menu creating panel, import a background picture, or select one from the templates. Click to get more menu optimization tools, which help you change the title button, add background text/track, etc.

make menu

Step 5. Burn DVD movies on Mac.

Preview your DVD effects first. Then, go to the burning interface. Rename the disc; configure TV standard, playback mode, and other settings. Once finished, burn movies to DVD with subtitles.

burn movies to dvd mac cisdem

#2 DVDStyler

DVDStyler is a free DVD creator for Mac users, of course, it offers a Windows version and its source code is open to developers. Users who work with MacOS X 10.10 or later can download this free tool to burn movies to DVD on Mac.


  1. Free
  2. Create and burn movie videos to DVD
  3. Add subtitles, audio tracks, image background
  4. Customize navigation and menu
  5. Support 36 interface languages


  1. Take time to install and launch
  2. Supported video formats are limited (Now support AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, OGG, WMV)
  3. Limited features
  4. Old-fashioned interface

Steps to burn movies to DVD on Mac for free:

  1. Download and install DVDStyler for Mac, then run it.
  2. Click the “+” icon to add videos.burn a movie to a dvd mac free 01
  3. Double click on the uploaded movie, then tweak the setting.burn a movie to a dvd mac free 02
  4. Click on the red “Burn” icon to start burning movies to DVD on Mac.

How to Burn Movies to DVD to Play on DVD Player on Windows?

#1 Power2Go

Power2Go is a powerful Windows program to deal with media files, which incorporates the features of DVD burning, backup, and medial files conversion. Also, it supports a wide range of medial file formats and can keep the original video quality when converting or burning movies to DVD.


  1. Rich features to manage media files (burn, backup, convert, download)
  2. Create and burn all types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays
  3. Various options for presets
  4. Clear and neat interface


  1. Require time to learn all its features
  2. Take time to finish the DVD burning
  3. Cannot copy disc protected by CSS encryption

Steps to burn DVD movies on Windows (10) with Power2Go:

  1. Download and install Power2Go on Windows 10, then open it.
  2. Open Power2Go and choose “Video Disc”>choose “DVD”.
  3. In the upper pane (media pane), find the movie files that need to burn to DVD, then drag and drop the movie files to the lower pane (Disc content pane).power2go
  4. Click the “Burn” icon to begin burning to DVD R or RW.

#2 Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player, the free application that comes with Windows 10 and other versions, is also capable of burning movies to DVD on Windows. But the added movie files must be one of the supported formats of Windows Media Player, and there won't be extra features for users to edit the DVD before burning.

Steps to burn DVD movies on Windows for free:

  1. Run Windows Media Player and insert a blank DVD into Windows PC drive.
  2. In the right panel, choose “Burn”, then click “Data DVD” in the burn menu (inverted triangle drop-down menu).burn movies to dvd windows free
  3. Find movies you want to burn to DVD, then drag it to the burn list.
  4. Once ready, click the “Start” button.

You can also use Cisdem DVD Burner for Windows. The reason why we didn't write it in this part is because this application only supported the Mac version before. The new Windows version completely follows the cutting edge technology of the Mac version. It's also very good for burning movies and TV series to DVD with menu on Windows PC.


Is it possible to burn multiple movies to DVD?

In theory, a professional movie DVD burner can do it while keeping all menus intact. But the longer these movies add up, the more the video is compressed. If you wish to burn multiple movies, it is best to use a double-layer disc. Or if your DVD player can open DIVX (file format), you can copy movie files to the DVD as a data disc, and your player will be able to play them.

Can I Burn a movie to DVD with online websites?

When dealing with files on a computer, most of us prefer to get the problem solved with a free tool or service, especially when we don't come into such a problem very often. And for users who are wondering if there is any website to burn DVD movies without software, the answer is NO.

The main reason is that the process to burn movie DVDs is quite complicated. Burning a CD or DVD doesn’t mean simply copying and pasting the digital data to a blank disc, a burning procedure is required, only the data is burned, can it be played on a DVD player. Since a DVD player uses a laser beam to read and understand the Data stored on the disc’s shining surface, and the DVD burning software will arrange the protuberances in a spiral manner that can be understood by the DVD player.

Online websites will merely convert your movies to VOB – the container format in DVD-Video media, not to the real DVD structure.

Any Website to Download Movies for DVD Burning?

To burn movies to DVD with high quality, we should make sure the original movie file is in high resolution, here we list some top websites to download movies for DVD burning:

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • The Internet Archive
  • YIFY Movies
  • Hulu
  • Crackle
  • Loadedmovies
  • Full4movies
  • The Pirate Bay
  • House Movie
  • My Download Tune
  • Public Domain Torrents


Tools designed to burn movies to DVD are available in numbers, but the best way with original video quality retained is using a professional and powerful DVD Burner, no matter you are a Mac user or Windows user, they won't let you down. Now, have a try and burn your DVD movies to play on any DVD player.

Connie Wisley
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Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.

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