How to Free Burn a Movie to DVD on Windows (10) and MacOS
[How to Guide] Free Burn a Movie from any Format (MKV, MP4, AVI etc.) to DVD on Windows (10) and MacOS Big Sur
Everybody has a digital movie collection. Some of the movies are downloaded online, some are purchased from iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc, and some are even homemade from video clips using movie maker. Sometimes, movie video owners are eager to create a DVD from the movie for playback on DVD player, or share with families. In this post, we'll explain how to free burn a movie to DVD on Windows (10) and MacOS Big Sur using the best free DVD movie burner.
What You Need?
- A computer with a disc drive: For newer laptops that come without an internal optical drive, you need to prepare an external disc drive, which is cheap nowadays.
- A blank DVD: If your DVD burner supports, you can use DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-ROM. But the DVD capacity is what you need to note. For example, a single layer 4.7GB DVD-5 can store 4.376GB data and a dual-layer 8.5GB DVD-9 is able to hold 7.95GB. Check the size of the movie you’re going to burn to DVD and select the proper DVD type.
- DVD burner: On Windows, Windows DVD Maker is the most famous DVD burning software for Windows 7 users to burn videos and pictures to DVD with ease. But, the limited support for input video file types (incompatible with MKV, MP4, FLV etc,) and the removal from Windows 8/8.1/10 push users to pick third-party tools. Here we use the free DVD movie burner WinX DVD Author; On MacOS, the free and simple app named Burn works great to create video and audio discs.
- Movie to burn: A movie video file or several movie clips for burning as DVD disc. You may need to check the formats of the movie based on the free DVD movie burning software. In this guide, you can burn movie in any formats to DVD with the two burners.
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Windows How to Free Burn a Movie to DVD on Windows (10)?
WinX DVD Author - A 100% free DVD movie burner for Windows 10 and lower versions. It's able to burn movies in MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV (YouTube), MPEG, etc, to NTSC/PAL DVDs, DVD Folder and VOB files, retaining high quality in a few clicks. It provides customized settings to add chapter menu, burn DVD movie with subtitles (.srt) as well as import menu background music. This free DVD movie burning software is fully compatible with DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD DL+R, DVD DL+/-RW.
Step 1. Get the Free Movie Burner on Windows
Free download and install WinX DVD Author on your Windows computer. Launch it and insert a blank DVD disc into optical drive. Click the Video DVD Author button on the main interface to access to the next window.
Step 2. Import Movie Source
Click + button on the bottom of interface to add movie source(s) and then hit Setting button to get a smaller dialogue for customizing DVD aspect ratio, format (NTSC/PAL), Type (DVD-5/9), duration, language and subtitle depending on your needs.
Step 3. Set DVD Title/Chapter Menu
Tap Next Step button and you will be leaded to personalize title/chapter menu for DVD. You can change menu background image, add music/text and remove title/chapter from menu.
Step 4. Start Burning a Movie to DVD
Tap Next Step button and a dialogue box appears. There are three sections on the dialogue. The first one is DVD Burner listing DVD disc name, write speed and disc volume. The second section is Output Property enabling you to set output folder, format and encoder engine (for quality and speed). If all those are well-organized, click Start button to burn the movie to DVD.
In addition, WinX DVD Author can help you convert movie file(s) to VOB or DVD folder for later burning as a DVD disc as well as download movie trailer/clips/soundtracks from YouTube and then burn them to DVD for free.
MacOS How to Free Burn a Movie to DVD on Mac?
Burn for Mac - A 100% free DVD movie burner for MacOS that is able to burn audio, video and data disks and disk images and copies. The software can create a wide range of video discs from VideoCD to DVD-Video discs. It allows users to create interactive menu, select a theme, change advanced settings like file dates, and more to personalize a disc. Its latest version has updated with the support for MacOS 11 Big Sur.
Step 1. Get the free DVD movie burner on your Mac via the link button above and launch the Burn utility. As we're going to burn a movie to DVD, click the Video tab. In the Video window, give your DVD a name and select DVD-Video from the right dropdown menu.
Step 2. Click the + button on the bottom of interface to add your movie source(s). You can also do it by drag and drop. Then click Burn.
Step 3. If the input movie video is not in MPG format, the movie burner will prompt an imcompatible file and automatically convert it into mpg for later burning. Click Convert and wait for it to finish.
Note: Burn is built on various free open source utilities to do the conversion, like ffmpeg, lame, vcdimager, dvdauthor, spumux. It should be able convert movies from most format into mpg. However, if it fails to convert a video, you can get your movie source ready in mpg format using a free video converter.
Step 4. Once finished, you will see the mpg file with file size in the list. Select a blank disc based on how big the mpg file is and insert it to your disc drive. Click Burn and a window will pop up asking you to set the DVD writing speed. Faster speeds will speed up the burning process but can result in data errors in very rare cases. If you don't know how to choose, leave the setting as default and click Burn. Then it will burn your movie to the DVD for you.
Tips to Select the Best Free DVD Movie Burner
Almost all beginners feel difficult to make a decision since there are too many free DVD burners to pick out the most suitable one. Indeed, there are some features the best free DVD burning program should be:
1. Ease at use.
A piece of disc burning software with straightforward interface is quite greater.
2. Be powerful to free burn a movie to DVD.
The most common formats of movie files are MKV, MP4 and AVI so that the DVD burning software should support the above formats. And, the more movie file types the software accepts, the more powerful it is. As for output, a great free DVD movie burner is required to burn a movie to DVD disc, or additional DVD Folder, VOB file. Certainly, all of us prefer a fast free DVD movie burning software.
3. Be clean and safe.
Some free DVD movie burners are bundled with adware (for example ImgBurn) or even spyware, malware or virus. A totally safe and stand-alone tool is quite necessary to keep your computer in secure.