How to Burn a DVD on a Mac

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With the emergence of USB drives and high speed internet transfers, the use of CDs and DVDs has declined. Nonetheless, they can still be useful in certain situations. If you need to record certain files on DVD but don’t know how, don’t worry. Our guide on how to burn a DVD on a Mac is sure to help you.

We will focus on two types of DVDs, Data DVDs, which contain various types of files, and Video DVDs, which are a special type of DVD that can be used in DVD players.

How to Burn a Data DVD on a Mac

Mac folder burn

Burning different types of files, from Word and PDF documents, to pictures, ISO images, and all sorts of apps, is the most common way to use a DVD. Fortunately, Mac systems come with the required software for burning standard data DVDs, so you don’t have to bother with installing other software.

If you are in this situation, then all you need to do to learn how burn a DVD on a Mac is to follow the next steps:

  1. Create a New Folder on your Mac.
  2. Copy all the files you need to burn in that folder.
  3. Right-click the folder.
  4. Select Burn ‘Folder Name’ to Disc.
  5. Insert a DVD into your optical drive.
  6. Give the DVD a specific name.
  7. Choose the burning speed.
  8. Click Burn.
  9. Wait until the burning process is complete.
  10. Remove the DVD from the drive.

With the last step completed, you managed to burn all the files in the folder on the DVD. You can access them every time you want on various types of devices and operating systems.

If you need to burn videos on DVD that can be read by video players, then you should read the following part of our guide.

How to Burn a Video DVD on a Mac

Burn third-party software for Mac

Unfortunately, Apple’s Mac devices don’t come with specialized software to create video DVDs. For this purpose, we recommend installing a third-party app called Burn. It’s a free and simple burning software that can be used for creating video DVDs. However, this isn’t the only one who does the trick, so you can look for other ones as well.

  1. Download the Burn app and install it.
  2. Launch the program.
  3. Insert the DVD into your Mac.
  4. Select the DVD tab.
  5. Name your DVD.
  6. Select the DVD-Video option.
  7. Click the plus sign to add a specific video to be burned.
  8. Make sure the size of the video is not larger than the capacity of the DVD.
  9. If the video is not the correct format, convert the video. For future uses, Burn only allows MPG format.
  10. Wait for the format to be completed.
  11. Select the optical drive used for burning the DVD.
  12. Select the burn speed.
  13. Click Burn.

If you have followed the previous steps, then you have learned how to burn a DVD on a Mac with a third-party software. The Burn application can also be used for burning data DVDs, but the integrated Mac app is satisfactory for casual users.


This completes our guide on how to burn a DVD on a Mac. If you followed our steps closely, then you are able create both general purpose DVDs with all sorts of files, and specialized Video DVDs using the third-party software Burn.

If you have any issues during the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Apple using their Contact Us page. Share your experience of burning a DVD on a Mac down below.

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