How to burn movies to DVD: Do you have a DivX / AVI movie saved on your PC and would you like to enjoy it on the living room TV? If you don’t have a Smart TV or a latest generation media player, you have to resort to your old DVD player, and this means that you need to convert your movie into a standard DVD video. If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry: there are several free programs for Windows and OS X that allow you to burn movies to DVD by converting all the main video file formats (DivX, MP4, MKV etc.) and burn them to discs compatible with all living room readers.
Before you can scare you and think about who knows what I want to make you aware right away that unlike appearances and beyond what you can think, burning movies on DVD is not an operation for the most expert in the IT field . It is in fact a procedure that can be carried out by everyone, even by those who – a bit like you – do not consider themselves exactly a “geek”, without difficulty, you have my word.
The operation, let’s be clear from the outset, however, may take some time, it all depends on the power of the computer in use and the length of the film to be converted, but it is of almost disarming simplicity. At the end of the process, you can finally “grab” the popcorn and enjoy your freshly burned film on the living room TV!
Having said that, if you are actually interested in finding out how you need to proceed in order to burn movies on DVD in detail I suggest that you roll up your sleeves and concentrate on reading this guide. I am sure that in the end you will be more than satisfied and that if necessary you will also be ready and well available to provide all the explanations of the case to your friends who want to receive a similar tip. Let it bet?
Burn movies to DVD with Windows
Freemake Video Converter
If you have a PC with Windows installed and you are interested in understanding how to burn movies on DVD the first program that I recommend you try is Freemake Video Converter , an excellent free video converter that combines incredible ease of use with a lot of advanced functions interesting, such as the one that allows you to convert DivX, MP4 files and other types of videos to DVD compatible with all living room players (complete with menus, if you wish).
To download it to your computer, click here to connect to its website then click the Free Download button in the center of the screen and wait for the software download to start and complete.
When the download is complete, double-click on the newly obtained FreemakeVideoConverterSetup.exe file and click on Yes first and then on OK and Next . So remove the check mark from the item related to Wajam or any other “extra programs” proposed and click on Next, then select the word Complete installation and press once more on the Next button . To finish, click on Finish and wait for the program window to be visible on the desktop.
When installation is complete, to create a DVD with Freemake Video Converter, press the + Video button located at the top left and select the videos to convert. Next, move the thumbnails of the selected files to arrange them in the order to be followed on the DVD and click on the In DVD button located at the bottom.
At this point, insert an empty disk in the burner, select the DVD drive of the computer from the Choose the destination menu and set the Standard DVD format (4.7GB) from the appropriate drop-down menu. Next, click on the Choose DVD menu type button to create a menu for your DVD and click on Burn / Convert to start the conversion first and then the DVD burning.
The program inserts a watermark and a frame with its logo at the beginning and at the end of the converted videos: to remove them, you need to subscribe for a subscription of 9.95 euros / year or purchase a one-off license for 19.95 euros.
Free Video to DVD Converter
Free Video to DVD Converter is another free software for burning movies to DVD from videos in various formats.
To download it to your PC, click here to immediately connect to its website and click on the Download button . Download is complete open, double clicking on it, the file you just downloaded ( FreeVideoToDVDConverter.exe ) and then click on OK and then on Next .
Then wait for some components required for the program to be downloaded from the Internet and complete the setup by clicking Next . Be careful though: during the installation process you will be offered to download some additional promotional software. To avoid them all, put a tick on the options I don’t accept and Custom installation and remove it from all the others.
To convert and burn video to DVD with Free Video to DVD Converter you must first click on the Add file … button and select the film to convert to DVD (if the film is divided into two or more parts, you can select multiple files and reorder them using the buttons with the arrows located at the bottom right). Then set the DVD PAL item from the Formats drop-down menu , set the quality you want for your DVD from the adjacent drop-down menu (I recommend leaving DVD Pal High Quality ) and select the folder in which to save the converted film by clicking on the button […] .
At this point, check that the green bar located at the bottom, the one that indicates the filling status of the DVD, has not exceeded the limit and click on the Create DVD button to start converting the video to DVD. In the window that opens, leave the check mark next to the item Start the DVD burner and wait for a user command and click Continue .
When the conversion is complete, the burning utility included in Free Video to DVD Converter will automatically open. Then insert a blank DVD in your computer’s burner, if you want to set the writing speed of the disc in the Options … of the program, and click on the Burn button to start the actual creation of the DVD.
The software for burning movies on DVD with Windows that I have already proposed you have not been able to attract your attention in particular? Are you still looking for some program that allows you to put your favorite colossals on disk? If the answer is yes try to take a look at my guide on how to burn a DVD , I’m sure you will be able to find the one that’s right for you.
Burn movies to DVD with OS X
If, on the other hand, you own a Mac and you are interested in understanding what to do to be able to burn movies on DVD, you must first convert the videos to MPG format using any free software suitable for the purpose such as Total Video Converter Lite and transfer the final result to a diskette. To do this, I suggest you use Burn , an excellent free application for burning (which has not been updated for some time but is still functional).
To download Total Video Converter Lite contact the Mac App Store by clicking here , to download Burn connected instead to the program’s website by pressing here and click first on the Download icon located at the bottom left and then on the Download Burn item . When the download is complete, select the Burn icon and drag it to the Applications folder of OS X to install the software on your computer.
At this point, open Total Video Converter Lite, drag the video to burn to DVD in the program window and select the DVD video PAL format as the output format.
When the conversion is complete, launch Burn, select the Video tab from the main program window and set the DVD-video option in the drop-down menu located at the top right. Then drag the videos obtained with Total Video Converter into the Burn window and press the Burn button to complete the operation.
I want to point out that Burn also includes a function for converting videos to DVD. However, the latter does not always give good results and does not work with all video files that are found on the Internet today (for example, it does not read MKV files). For this reason, I recommend using Total Video Converter or another external converter and leaving Burn with the task of burning videos to DVD. Then, of course, the choice is up to you.
Roxio Toast Titanium
If, on the other hand, you are willing to spend a few pennies and to buy a software to market, you can burn movies on DVD from your Mac using Roxio Toast Titanium . Unfortunately its price is not very accessible (89.99 euros) and it is not possible to try it for free, but it is difficult to find the most complete burning software of it.
It is in fact a program that can be safely defined as Nero for OS X. It represents in fact a real burning suite thanks to which it is possible to create any type of CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. The program also offers advanced multimedia functions for video editing and conversion. Thanks to Roxo Toast Titanium it is also possible to create videos for iPhone, iPad and other portable devices, share videos on social networks, record what is happening on the computer screen and much more. In short, nothing is missing!
To download Roxio Toast Titanium on your Mac, connected to the suite’s website by clicking here and then pressing the buttons that are shown on the screen to finalize the purchase.
Note: Occasionally you can find the suite at a discounted price or in a trial version on the MacUpdate website to which you can connect by clicking here .
Are you looking for other programs to burn a movie to DVD that you can use on your Mac? In that case try to take a look at my tutorial on how to rip a DVD with Mac in which I proceeded to show you how to use HandBrake , another valid tool useful for the purpose in question.