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

Jenny Hung
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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 Plus, its design and features are out of date and won’t be updated anymore.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, Sonoma 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.

Also, it supports all kinds of DVD discs and permits users to burn to DVD disc, folder or ISO format, equipping with an estimable progressing bar for people to check. And 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 1Load Video Files

Download Cisdem DVD Burner 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 device as background as well.

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Click to check out a final looking 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 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. Insert a blank and writable DVD disc, choose “Open Finder” on the popped-up small window, and tap on “OK” to continue.
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  2. Double-click on the inserted DVD disc, create a new folder on the disc section and name it, then drag-and-drop videos you wish to burn to the new folder.
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  3. Move to the top toolbox, click “File”, and click “Burn xxxxx (the name of your folder)…” from the drop-down menu.
  4. A “Burn Disc” window pops up. At this time, rename the disc to burn, select the burning speed, and then click "Burn" to make DVD on Mac.
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Also, you can start from step 2 directly and insert the DVD when all is done to start the burning process.


#3. 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. Create a new playlist, and add all songs or music videos to it.
  3. Right-click the playlist, and select the “Burn Playlist to Disc” option.
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  4. On the appearing “Burn Settings” dialog, mark the burn disc, choose your preferred burning speed, select the disc format as “Data CD or DVD”.
  5. Finally, click “Burn” to create DVD on Mac.


#4 Panasonic DMR-EA18K DVD Recorder

Work on most Mac computers with an external USB drive

Except for DVD creator for Mac, using DVD recorder is also an effective way to create DVD on Mac. Unlike DVD burners or creators, DVD recorder relies on its built-in shooting technology to play and record video and then save it as DVD format. One drawback is that DVD recorders are pretty expensive.

If you don’t mind that, it is highly recommended to use Panasonic DMR-EA18K DVD Recorder. It is compatible with most recording format and discs, improves the output format quality up to 1080P resolution under HDMI output, and largely increases the playback quality on discs recorded by using four-hour LP mode.

  1. Connect the recorder to the computer by inserting the audio video cables into the A/V out ports on the back of the recorder, and connecting the other end to the USB port of the computer.
  2. Insert an empty and recordable DVD disc into the slot for placing disc of DVD recorder.
  3. Open the multimedia software on your computer.
  4. Click on the Media or Sync tab on the top, and then choose Open Capture Device or Sync Device, which is up to the software installed on your computer.
  5. Click on "DVD recorder" to ask the computer to send the audio/video signal to your selected device.
  6. Open the target file for recording by clicking Play on the computer’s software.
  7. Press "Record" on the DVD recorder control panel to start to record DVD on Mac.


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.

Q: How to create ISO from DVD on Mac?

A: An ISO file can be the full copy of the original DVD content, allowing you to save all data without occupying too much capacity on your device. So if you want to burn DVD to ISO on Mac to avoid being lost by occasional physical damaging, Disk Utility is a great option, which is a built-in tool on Mac computers, free you from installing third-party cumbersome software.

You can make it by clicking “File > Image > Image from (the inserted disc)” and then choosing “CD/DVD master” or making related output settings to complete the task. But, this way can only get the file in .cdr format. You can use bb (a command line tool) or online services to convert CDR to ISO format effortlessly.



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 can only create data DVD on Mac, keeping you from making further adjustment for polishing the video before burning. However, considering to the price, DVD recorder is too expensive to accessible for the public.

To sum up, using a professional DVD burner turns out to be the most practical method based on experiments, which offers a reasonable and affordable price to sweep out the shortcomings from the mentioned iDVD alternatives, and permit you to make a DVD menu, customize DVD video at will and more advanced features easily.

Jenny Hung
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Jenny is a technology editor who has been blogging since she was a student. Since joining Cisdem, she focuses on writing articles about video software and how-to guides. She loves exploring new tools and techniques.

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