5 Ways to Create DVD on Mac (with or without iDVD)

2019-07-15 02:14:46 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to DVD Follow @ Rosa

“How to make a DVD from the movie project I made using iMovie? It says that I need to use iDVD. But after rendering the file, it asks me where the iDVD application is? I don't have it on my iMac. Please help”- from discussions.apple.com

Mac with optical drive makes it possible for you to create DVD on Mac through its great DVD creator software - iDVD. But it 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.

Well, this article will introduce how to create a DVD on Mac with or without iDVD. You would also gain new knowledge of Mac built-in free DVD creator tools.

How to Create a DVD on Mac with iDVD?

Although Apple no longer supplies iDVD with 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

You are capable of sharing iMovie (’11/’09/’08 or earlier) project to iDVD within the iMovie software and burn 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 iDVD program, and click on “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 (Work on iPhoto 8, 9)

  1. Create a slideshow in 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 Plus, its design and features are out of date and won’t be updated any more. 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

(The most effective solution)

Cisdem DVD Burner is a popular and reputed DVD creator for Mac that comes with an attractive interface. You can edit and beautify the videos, preset DVD output quality, and customize the DVD menu for better playing navigation just as what iDVD can do. Any popular SD and HD video formats you would meet are supported by this professional DVD maker for Mac.

It also helps you create DVD on Mac with 16x faster speed than other competitors. If you have one such stable DVD video creator, you can get rid of iDVD totally.

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Step 1Load Video Files

Download the Cisdem DVD Burner for Mac and Launch it. You will see an intuitive interface.

Click the "" or "" to import videos in batch.

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Step 2Edit the Videos (Optional)

Double-click the video thumbnails to bring out a DVD editing interface.

Beautify the video according to your preference: crop the video image size, create visual effects, add watermark, rotate, etc.

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Step 3Choose DVD Templates (Optional)

Go to the “Menu” tab, you will be able to customize DVD menu with free templates, backgrounds, play button, title the video name under the video thumbnail in various color and fonts, music.

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Step 4Create DVD on Mac

Preview the video for a check. And then click “Burn” icon to create DVD on Mac without iDVD yet with fast speed and high video quality.

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2. Express Burn

Express Burn is specially designed for burning audio, MP3, Data to CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray on Mac and Windows. You can also take advantage of is its ability to burn ISO images.

Express Burn has an intuitive interface and supports most of the formats, even HD videos like MKV to DVD, once you open it on Mac, you can easily know how to use it.

But its loading speed is too slow and a little time-consuming. It also can’t make a DVD menu and edit video as what you expected the most, even at a higher price.

create dvd on mac express burn

  1. Download and Launch this DVD creator for Mac, a window pops up 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. Insert a blank Disc, and click "Burn Video DVD" to create DVD on Mac without iDVD.

tips: We tested another software- NCH Express that’s similar to Express Burn. It is a bit too pricey for what we get. And the installer tries to mislead you to install a lot of other irrelevant things such as toolbars.

3. Finder

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 a simple free DVD creator for Mac users, lets you create DVD on Mac without iDVD. I would like to make the burning steps as simplest and possible as following.

  1. Open iTunes, and download or purchase your favorite movies or music videos.
  2. Insert a blank disc into Mac optical drive.
  3. Click and choose the videos downloaded and go to the iTunes menu bar, choose File> Burn Playlist to Disc.

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It should be emphasized that Finder only supports very basic video to data DVD creating without any option for DVD customization or template.

4. iTunes

As 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 creator, helping to create DVD/CD on Mac out of those iTunes videos downloaded without iDVD.

(Picture below is "burn music videos to CD")

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  1. Open iTunes, and download or purchase your favorite movies or music videos.
  2. Insert a blank disc into Mac optical drive.
  3. Click and choose the videos downloaded and go to the iTunes menu bar, choose File> Burn Playlist to Disc.

But it can’t burn iTunes movies (only the playlists purchased from iTunes are supported) and DRM-protected items. If you want to burn DRM-ed music within iTunes, you have to download a third-party tool - Requiem or MyFairTunes to remove the DRM copy protection before creating DVD on Mac firstly.

To burn slideshow to DVD Mac without iDVD, Toast Titanium is such a powerful program to get the task done and also create DVD 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 DVD creator.


iTunes and Finder, as the representatives of free DVD creator on the list, have some limitations to create DVD on Mac, for example, you can’t do some polish on the video before burning. In order to make a more handsome DVD video, I highly recommend you to download the free version of Cisdem DVD Burner for a try, it can cover all of the mentioned iDVD alternatives' shortcomings, like make DVD menu, edit DVD video, etc.

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