Three Popular Ways to Burn MP4 to DVD Mac (Catalina Included)

2019-10-11 03:12:59 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to DVD Follow @ Rosa

"I wish to burn an MP4 movie file to a DVD on my Mac Mini running OS X 10.9.4. I was told at best buy to download iDVD, but I can't find it in the App Store. If it no longer exists, what is the best iDVD alternative?"

MP4 is a digital multimedia format most commonly used to store video and audio. To watch MP4 videos on your DVD player, you will need to burn MP4 to DVD format with a DVD Burner for Mac like iDVD, as a DVD player cannot read MP4 files. iDVD was no longer available on the Mac App Store since OS X 10.7 Lion. So here we talk about how to burn MP4 to DVD on Mac in three popular ways without iDVD.

The Most Popular Way to Burn MP4 to DVD on Mac

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.

Where Cisdem DVD Burner Excels:

  1. Support virtually any video input
  2. Burn tons of videos to DVD
  3. Customize videos with watermarks, subtitles, menu, template, etc.
  4. Preview the video effect and menu style before burning to DVD
  5. Process 10-20x faster
  6. Highly compatible with macOS High Sierra, Mojave and Catalina

Steps to Burn MP4 to DVD Mac with Cisdem DVD Burner

Step 1. Install Free Trial Version of the Program

Install the software and run it on Mac. You can click the download button below and download Cisdem DVD Burner.

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Step 2. Load MP4 Videos

Firstly, you should insert a blank DVD to the DVD drive. If your Mac doesn't have a DVD drive, connect a USB DVD drive to the Mac.

Then click the "folder" or "video" button on the top right corner to add your mp4 video or directly drag your mp4 video file to DVD burner. This app supports most of the popular video formats like MKV to DVD, MOV to DVD, etc.

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All the videos you have added before will be listed on the right of the panel. Look at the bottom of its interface, you would know the used storage of the new disc.

Step 3. Edit MP4 Files (Optional)

This Mac MP4 to DVD burner offers a built-in video editor, you can double-click the video thumbnail to open the editing window, trim, crop, create special effects (10+ effects options), add external subtitles, or watermarks to your video.

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Step 4. Make DVD Menu for the Video (Optional)

Click the "Menu" button, it will turn to the Menu making window. You are able to make DVD menu with the help of free yet themed menu template, color text, backgrounds, video thumbnail frame, etc.

What's more, it allows you to add your favorite songs as music backgrounds.

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Step 5. Set DVD Parameters

Click preview dvd icon button to check if the video features are added as what you want. If you confirm it with no problem, click button to open up the DVD output setting window. choose the output format (DVD Disc/DVD Folder/ISO File), and preset DVD parameters like DVD languages, TV standard (NTSC, PAL), aspect ratio (4:3, 16:9).

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Step 6. Start to Burn MP4 to DVD on Mac

Click the "OK" button, and start an MP4 to DVD burning trip. It processes faster than you expect, just wait for a while.

How to Burn MP4 to DVD on Mac via iMovie?

(Only works on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and earlier or 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.

  1. Run iMovie on your Mac. Go to "File" from iMovie's top menu bar and click "Import" to add your video files to iMovie or click the "Import All" button to import all the videos on your Mac.How to Burn MP4 to DVD on Mac via iMovie 1
  2. Edit or add elements to your videos in iMovie. Use features such as cutting portions of clips, adding transitions to make the movie you want.
  3. Go to "Share" from iMovie's top menu bar and click "iDVD". A progress bar may appear as iMovie prepares your project to open in iDVD. And the interface will show you the remaining time.
  4. Wait for iDVD to open with your movie project in it as a new file. Get an individualistic name for your iMovie DVD.
  5. Choose a DVD theme. This will allow you to customize the look of your DVD's menu. The themes can be seen in the right window pane in iDVD. Different theme means different styles, thus you can choose the theme you want.
  6. Click "Media" in the bottom right area of the iDVD window to add more media to your video. You can add pictures and other videos.
  7. Insert a blank DVD into your Mac's CD-ROM/DVD drive and click the "Burn" button to burn MP4 to DVD on Mac.How to Burn MP4 to DVD on Mac via iMovie 2

Compared with Cisdem DVD Burner:

  1. According to Mac users’ review, many kinds of errors occur when they used iMovie to burn DVD on Mac, while this won't happen to Cisdem.
  2. iMovie needs 2GB+ hard drive storage on Mac for installation, but Cisdem DVD burner needs only 20MB for installation.
  3. It is much complicated while use iMovie add subtitle to videos. It asks you to click the "Text" button and type the subtitles text word by word. Cisdem DVD Burner for Mac allows you to download and load external SRT subtitles from websites like to the video.

Burn MP4 to DVD on Mac Using Open-source Software

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.

  1. Click the “Add File…” button to import the MP4 videos, or simply drag the videos to the bottom of the software.
  2. Add the menu: click DVD on Mac status bar > choose “Add” > choose “Menu”.
  3. Select the background and button.
  4. Drag your videos to the menu and edit the properties by double-clicking to burn mp4 to dvd on mac via dvdstyle
  5. Insert a blank DVD disc into your optical drive and create DVD from MP4 Mac.

Compared with Cisdem DVD Burner:

  1. DVDStyler lacks preview technology, while Cisdem DVD Burner lets you preview the finished DVD (menu included), along with a remote control to check each video in it.
  2. No built-in DVD video editing tool to optimize the contents of input videos. But Cisdem DVD Burner does support the editing abilities.
  3. When you spent numerous attempts to produce a working DVD from MP4 on Mac, it may tell you the data is too big to be written. Even you make some compromises on quality, the result is still the same. What a waste of time!

FAQs about MP4 to DVD Burning

Why Should We Burn MP4 to DVD?

  1. For some precious MP4 videos, you might need to burn them to DVDs so that you can send the DVD copies to families and friends for easy sharing.
  2. As we mentioned in the first point, some MP4 videos may be valuable and worth collecting. In this case, you have to convert MP4 to DVD Mac for permanent preservation and backing up.
  3. You stored a number of MP4 movies on your Mac and they are taking up too much storage space. But you haven’t watched these movies or you don’t want to delete them. Then you’d better burn these MP4 movies to DVD on Mac.

Can I Use MP4 to DVD Converter Online?

There are masses of MP4 to DVD converters online, such as and 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 and The results are as below:

Zamzar: MP4 video was converted to MPG; the video size is getting smaller.

Files-conversion: reduce the size of the input video.

So, you see, no actual DVD burning process happens.

Can I burn MP4 to DVD Mac via Handbrake or Disk Utility?

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 of 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.

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5 Comments Leave a Reply

  • JEE


    4 years ago REPLY
  • Harry

    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!

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Dyson

    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.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Rebbca

    Very detailed, maybe using iMovie to burn DVD is not very easier

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Rebbca

    maybe using iMovie to burn mp4 to DVD is not easier than Cisdem DVDBurner

    4 years ago REPLY