"I wish to burn an MP4 movie file to a DVD on my Mac Mini. But iDVD no longer exists in the App Store. What is the best alternative?"
MP4 is a digital multimedia format that most commonly used to store video and audio. To watch MP4 videos on your DVD player, you will need to burn MP4 to DVD disc with a DVD Burner for Mac like iDVD, because the DVD player can't read MP4 files. Starting from OS X 10.7 Lion, however, Apple stopped shipping iDVD pre-installed on Mac. Here we talk about how to burn MP4 to DVD on Mac in three popular ways without iDVD.
System Requirement: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher
Cisdem DVD Burner for Mac makes it convenient to burn a playable DVD on Mac from your MP4 files. The professional software aims squarely at creating DVD without losing quality and working stably with experienced as well as novice users. It’s indeed a comprehensive DVD toolkit that comes loaded with formidable packed functionality. Thus I recommend it as the most effective and practical way to burn MP4 to DVD on Mac.
Click the "Free Download" anchor text here to download and install the free trial of the Cisdem DVD Burner. After installation, run it on your Mac.
Insert a blank DVD to the DVD drive. If your Mac doesn't have an internal optical drive, connect a USB DVD drive to the Mac.
There are three ways:
1) Click "+ Add videos" to import files from your local folder.
2) Go to the top menu bar, click "File" > "Add File (s)" to load MP4 from your Mac.
3) Directly drag MP4 video clips to the DVD burner. (Recommended)
All the videos you added are listed as thumbnails on the "Source" interface. At the bottom, you can also see all used storage of the disc.
This Mac MP4 to DVD burner offers a minimal video editor. To open it, just find the video you desire to edit and click button.
After that, you will see eight tabs:
Make some changes to them according to your demands.
Click the "Menu" tab, it will switch to the Menu making window. You are able to make a DVD menu with the help of:
Click to check if the video features are added as what you want. If you confirm it with no problem, click to navigate to the DVD output setting window. Choose the "Burn to Disc" as the output type, and preset DVD parameters like TV standard (NTSC, PAL) and playback mode (totally 3).
Click the "Burn" button, and start an MP4 to DVD burning trip. It processes faster than you expect.
Now it’s your turn to have a try!
System Requirement: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and earlier; the Mac that has installed a copy of the iLife 09 bundle
iMovie is Apple Inc.'s software to edit and convert MP4 and videos in other formats to DVD. With a streamlined design and intuitive editing features, iMovie lets you enjoy your videos, tell stories, browse your video library, share favorite moments. Its iCloud even allows you to enjoy videos on all your devices in iMovie Theater.
Compared with Cisdem DVD Burner:
System Requirement: Mac OS X 10.10 or later; Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP
DVDStyler is a free MP4 to DVD burner that empowers you to convert footage into a DVD-friendly format, even design your video with ready-made DVD menus. It opens up the possibility of cross-platform work, meaning you can burn MP4 to DVD both on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Plus, the software enables you to make photo slideshows, add audio tracks & subtitles for your MP4 videos.
Compared with Cisdem DVD Burner:
There are masses of MP4 to DVD converters online, such as Zamzar.com and Files-conversion.com. These online services support an array of output formats, including DVD. They also don’t need installing and signing up.
However, converting MP4 to DVD Mac online doesn’t equal to burning an MP4 video. I tested Zamzar.com and Files-conversion.com. The results are as below:
So, you see, no actual DVD burning process happens.
Handbrake is an open-source transcoder and DVD ripping program. It can only rip DVDs to MP4 digital files. If someone teaches you how to burn MP4 to DVD on Mac using Handbrake, it must be misleading you.
As for Disk Utility, it was not available since OS X 10.11 EL Capitan. But you can still burn MP4 to disc on OS X El Capitan or later by opening the process either from the command line or from your Finder app. Note: these only burn MP4 videos to data discs or disk images, not to the video discs.
Each MP4 to DVD burner for Mac above can save your hard drive that has been crowded with MP4 videos. Basing on my concerns involved in MP4 to DVD burning, Cisdem DVD Burner is the best program to efficiently burn MP4 to DVD on Mac. It has fabulous compatibility and performance, ensuring you to create DVD with customizable templates and effects.
But it doesn’t mean the other two solutions are not worth considering. If you merely have a very basic burning need, you can try out the free DVD burning software.
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.
I'd like to burn a 2 hour, 17 minute video to an HP DVD+R DL and give the DVD to my grandma. I didn't figure out what to do. Your guide made me clear.
Very helpful article, I also came across trouble in its complexity using iMovie add subtitle to videos. I tried Cisdem DVDBurner free version, very nice, works smoothly and pleasantly!
If you choose to burn it as a DVD Video, your MP4 will be converted into a format which allows it to be played on standard DVD players.
maybe using iMovie to burn mp4 to DVD is not easier than Cisdem DVDBurner