5 Verified Ways to Create DVD on Mac with or without iDVD

Rosa Reyes
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Want to back up or permanently keep your homemade movie projects from iMovie and share them with your family? Why not burn those movies to a DVD? Mac with optical drive makes it possible for you to create DVD on Mac through iDVD. But iDVD was dead since OS X 10.7 Lion, and can’t be found on the Mac App Store with all of the other iLife apps. If you have a new Mac with the latest OS version, I advise you to purchase a more professional third-party DVD burner.

Well, this article will introduce how to create a DVD on Mac with or without iDVD, together with the knowledge of creating a data DVD.


How to Create a DVD on Mac with iDVD?

Although Apple no longer supplies iDVD with the new Mac version, you still can go to buy the copy of the iLife that is in the sale on Amazon ($40) or eBay ($10).

Create DVD on Mac from iMovie

Works on iMovie ’11/’09/’08 or earlier

You are capable of sharing iMovie project to iDVD within the iMovie software and burning the project directly. Check out the guide: Burn iMovie to DVD with iDVD.

But iDVD was not supported since iMovie 10. All references to iDVD to creating DVD are removed. If you are using iMovie 10 or later, you have to export iMovie video at first, and then load the video to iDVD for burning:

  1. Launch the iDVD program, and click on the “Create a New Project” button.
  2. Enter a name for the project, and save it to a location.
  3. Drag the videos created earlier to iDVD. Or navigate to File > Import > Video to choose files.
  4. Insert a blank DVD and select “Burn DVD” from the File menu.

Create DVD on Mac from iPhoto

Works on iPhoto 8, 9

  1. Create a slideshow on the iPhone.
  2. Click on File > Export > Slideshow, and choose one of the formats.
  3. Hit the Export button, give a name to the file, and select a destination.
  4. Start iDVD and import iPhone slideshow.
  5. Insert a blank disc and burn slideshow to DVD on Mac with iDVD.

However, you’re not sure how long iDVD will continue to work. Since Apple has been phased out the iDVD, thinking it was not useful for its customers. Plus, its design and features are out of date and won’t be updated anymore. If you insist on purchasing the boxed copy of iLife ’9 until iLife ’11, it’s probably not worth the money. Thus, we need an iDVD alternative for assistance.

How to Create a DVD on Mac without iDVD?

#1 Cisdem DVD Burner (Editor’s Choice)

Works on M1; macOS 10.12 or later, Ventura included

Cisdem DVD Burner is a reputed and effective application to make DVD on Mac. It comes packed with an attractive interface and all needed and advanced functions. You can edit and beautify the videos, set aspect ratio, edit thumbnails, and customize the DVD menu for better playing navigation. In addition, Cisdem DVD Burner supports any popular SD and HD video formats you import.

It helps you create DVD on Mac with a 16x faster speed than other competitors. If you have one such stable DVD maker for Mac you can get rid of iDVD totally.

Step 1launch Load Video Files

Download Cisdem DVD Burner for Mac and Launch it.

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Click "+ Add videos" to import the source files. Alternatively, directly drag multiple videos to the first panel.

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Step 2Edit the Videos (Optional)

Click under the video thumbnails to bring out a DVD editing interface.

Beautify the video according to your preference: crop video borders, create visual effects, add watermarks, rotate video, etc.

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Step 3Choose DVD Menu Template

Switch to the "Menu" tab, a list of free menu templates with different themes are on the left side.

Click to pull out hidden tools. Adjust the template's elements by backgrounds, frames, and play buttons. Alter the DVD name and its fonts/color.

Plus, you can import an image/music from your Mac as background as well.

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Click to check out a preview of the DVD.

Step 4Create DVD on Mac

Plug a blank DVD 5 (Single Layer DVD) or 9 (Double Layer DVD) into your disc drive.

Head to the fourth interface, where you can configure the output settings. Set up the TV standards, folder path, copies number, etc. After everything is done, click "Burn".

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#2 Express Burn

Works on Mac OS X 10.5 or above

Express Burn is specially designed for burning audio, MP3, Data to CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray on Mac and Windows, and you can also take advantage of is its ability to burn ISO images. It has intuitive interface and supports most of the formats, once you open it on Mac, you can easily know how to use it.

However, NCH Express Burn is a bit pricey and slow to make DVD on Mac. Moreover, the installer tries to get you to install a lot of other irrelevant things such as toolbars.

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  1. Download and Launch Express Burn, a window appears for you to choose what to burn.
  2. Add video files in batch to this DVD video creator.
  3. Double-click the loaded videos for preview.
  4. Output parameter setting is limited, but you can still set some video bitrate and standard TV.
  5. Put a blank disc into your computer, and click "Burn Video DVD".

#3 Finder

Works on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or higher (to replace Disk Utility)

You may never expect that Finder can create CDs and DVDs on Mac. The Finder is the default file manager and graphical user interface shell used on all Macintosh operating systems. Besides, it is also an easy and free DVD creator for Mac users, letting you create DVD on Mac without iDVD. I would like to make the burning steps as simplest and possible as follows.

  1. Create a new folder on the desktop and name it.
  2. Drag-and-drop videos you wish to burn to the new folder.
  3. Click the folder, and navigate to the top menu bar.
  4. Click “File”, and from the dropdown menu, click “Burn xxxxx (the name of your folder) to Disc…”.
  5. A “Burn Disc” window pops up. At this time, insert the blank DVD disc into the drive
  6. Mark the disc to burn, select the burning speed, and then click "Burn" to make DVD on Mac.

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#4. iTunes

Works on macOS 10.14 Mojave or before

As an Apple Music streaming service, iTunes is an all-in-one home for music and video files. It enables you to download music, TV shows, movies, and more, manage your iOS devices as well as download content from the iTunes store, and use Apple Music. It has another exciting feature that it can be regarded as a free DVD burning software, helping to create DVD/CD on Mac out of those iTunes videos downloaded without iDVD.

  1. Run iTunes app on your Mac system
  2. Right-click the videos you would like to burn, and select the “Add to Burn List” option.
  3. Go to “File” > “Burn Playlist to Disc”, and you’ll be presented with a “Burn Settings” dialog.
  4. Choose your preferred burning speed.
  5. Select the disc format as “Data CD or DVD”.
  6. Click “Burn” to create DVD on Mac.

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FAQs about Making a DVD on Mac without iDVD

Q: Why can't I play DVDs created by Finder and iTunes on a DVD player?

A: Both Finder and iTunes can only create a data DVD on Mac, which works in your computer or an external SuperDrive. Most DVD players have no capability to read data DVD discs, unless the player supports the data format of the DVD. People usually make data DVD on Mac for further editing the created DVDs.

Q: Can I burn DRM-ed iTunes to DVD?

A: No, you can’t!

All movies and music purchased from iTunes are locked down by Fairplay (Apple's DRM scheme). If you want to create DVD on Mac within iTunes, you need to download a third-party tool - Requiem or MyFairTunes to remove the DRM copy-protection first before making a DVD on Mac.

Q: How to burn slideshow to DVD on Mac?

A: Toast Titanium is such a powerful program to get the task done and also create DVDs with chapters on Mac. But the software is too expensive to over the budget of most regular users. So if you don’t burn slideshow very often, I recommend you to record the slideshow to a video using QuickTime Player and then burn the recorded video to DVD with a DVD creator.


This article has discussed how to make a DVD on a Mac with or without iDVD. In spite of free and no install required, Finder and iTunes have some limitations to create DVD on Mac. For example, you can’t do some polish on the video before burning and they merely support data DVD. In order to make a more handsome DVD video, I highly recommend you download the free version of Cisdem DVD Burner for a try, it can cover all of the mentioned iDVD alternatives' shortcomings, like making a DVD menu, editing DVD video, etc.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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