How to Burn a DVD on a Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you ready to learn how to burn a DVD on your Mac? Look no further!

In this comprehensive tutorial, we will guide you through the steps necessary to create your own DVDs right from your Mac. So, let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

Before we dive into the process, make sure you have the following:

  • A blank DVD-R or DVD-RW disc
  • A Mac computer with a built-in SuperDrive or an external DVD burner
  • The files or videos you want to burn onto the DVD

Step 1: Prepare Your Files

The first step is to gather all the files or videos you want to include on your DVD. Make sure they are in a format compatible with DVD players (such as MP4, MOV, or AVI).

Step 2: Create a New Burn Folder

To organize your files before burning them onto the DVD, we will create a new burn folder. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the dock.
  2. Select “File” from the menu bar and choose “New Burn Folder”. A new folder named “Untitled folder” will appear.
  3. Rename the folder by right-clicking on it and selecting “Rename”. Give it an appropriate name for easy identification.
  4. Open another Finder window and navigate to where your files are located.
  5. Select the files you want to include in your DVD and drag them into the burn folder you just created.

Step 3: Arrange Your Files

In this step, we will arrange the files in the burn folder in the order you want them to appear on the DVD. Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Open the burn folder by double-clicking on it.
  2. Click and drag the files to rearrange them as desired.

Step 4: Burn Your DVD

Now that your files are ready, it’s time to burn them onto a DVD. Here’s how:

  1. Insert a blank DVD-R or DVD-RW disc into your Mac’s SuperDrive or external DVD burner.
  2. If a dialog box appears asking what you want to do with the blank disc, select “Open Finder”.
  3. In Finder, you should see your burn folder listed on the left-hand side under “Devices”.
  4. Select the burn folder and click on “File” in the menu bar. Choose “Burn [folder name] to Disc”.
  5. In the Burn Disc window, select your preferred options such as burning speed and disc format (DVD-Video or MP3 CD).
  6. Click “Burn” to start the burning process.

Note: The time it takes to burn depends on various factors such as file sizes and computer speed. Be patient during this process.

Step 5: Verify Your Burned DVD (Optional)

If you want to ensure that your DVD was burned correctly without any errors, you can verify it. Here’s how:

  1. Eject your newly burned DVD from your Mac.
  2. Re-insert it into your computer.
  3. Hold down the “Option” key on your keyboard and click on the DVD icon that appears on your desktop.
  4. A verification window will appear, checking the disc for errors. If any errors are found, consider re-burning the DVD.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to burn a DVD on your Mac.

Now you can enjoy watching your favorite videos or share files with others using DVDs. Remember, always double-check your burned DVDs before sharing them to ensure they work properly.

Disclaimer: Be aware of copyright laws when burning DVDs. Only burn and distribute content that you have the rights to.

We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. Happy DVD burning!

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