How to burn any video file to a playable DVD (6 easy ways)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to burn any video file to a playable DVD.

You can burn MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, and other video files to a DVD that plays on any DVD player.

You will also find instructions for adding srt subtitles to your DVD.

You can also burn multiple videos to one DVD, but the amount of video files that you can burn to a single DVD depends on the file size of your videos and the capacity of your DVD.

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How to burn any video file to a playable DVD using free and paid ($) software:

Windows:

Windows and macOS:

Windows, macOS, and Linux:


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DVD players and video formats

There are many video formats, such as MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, and other video formats.

Many modern DVD players support most of these video formats.

But there are also many DVD players that only support one video format.

Which video format can be played on a DVD player?

The MPEG-2 video format can be played on all DVD players.

How to burn any video file to a playable DVD using ConvertXtoDVD

ConvertXtoDVD is a program for converting and burning video files to video DVDs that will play on any DVD player.

It's very easy to use and has some great features to get a fully working DVD in no time.

Highlights:

Click here for more information about ConvertXtoDVD.

(You can also download ConvertXtoDVD and try it for free for 7 days)

Note: You can also burn multiple videos to one DVD, but the amount of video files that you can burn to a single DVD depends on the file size of your videos and the capacity of your DVD.

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open ConvertXtoDVD.

3. Click on the (+) button.

Add video files button ConvertXtoDVD

Or click on File located in the top left corner and then click on Add video file(s).

Add video files ConvertXtoDVD

A “select video file” window will appear.

4. Go to the location on your computer where the video file is stored you want to burn to DVD.

5. Select the video file.

6. Click on the Open button.

Open video file in ConvertXtoDVD

ConvertXtoDVD will now load your video file.

7. To edit the DVD menu, you click on the Edit Menu button.

Edit DVD menu button in ConvertXtoDVD

Now you can select a theme.

If you don't want a menu, then click on the selection menu next to Structure and select No Menu.

Disable DVD menu in ConvertXtoDVD

8. Click on Default Settings located in the top menu and then click on Output format.

Change video output format in ConvertXtoDVD

9. At Format (Video Standard), you make sure that the correct video format is selected. NTSC or PAL. The video format depends on the country and region you live in.

Video standard setting in ConvertXtoDVD

10. When you're ready, you click on the Convert button at the bottom.

Convert button in ConvertXtoDVD

ConvertXtoDVD will now convert your video file to DVD format and then burn the video file to a playable DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, the software, maximum speed capacity of your DVD, and the file size of the video file.

How to burn any video file to a playable DVD using WinX DVD Author

WinX DVD Author is free DVD author software which allows you to easily convert and burn any video file type to a playable video DVD that will play on any DVD player.

You can download WinX DVD Author here.

Note: You can also burn multiple videos to one DVD, but the amount of video files that you can burn to a single DVD depends on the file size of your videos and the capacity of your DVD.

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open WinX DVD Author.

3. Click on Video DVD Author.

Video DVD Author in WinX DVD Author

4. Click on the (+) button in the bottom left corner.

Add video button in WinX DVD Author

A “Open” window will appear.

5. Go to the location on your PC where the video file is stored you want to burn to DVD.

6. Select the video file.

7. Click on the Open button.

Open video file in WinX DVD Author

WinX DVD Author will now load your video file.

8. If you don't want to add a menu to your DVD, then uncheck the Create DVD Menu option.

Create DVD Menu option in WinX DVD Author

9. Select the correct aspect ratio. 4:3 or 16:9. Most TVs sold today have an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Aspect ratio setting in WinX DVD Author

10. Click on the (❱❱) button to continue.

11. If you chose to add a menu to your DVD, and thus did not uncheck the Create DVD Menu option, then you can now create the DVD menu (e.g., background, buttons, chapter menu, etc.).

12. When you're done with the DVD menu, you click on the (❱❱) button to continue.

A “DVD Builder” window will appear.

13. At Device Name, you must make sure that the DVD-writer of your PC is selected.

14. At Write Speed, you can select the burning speed (how fast your DVD will be burned). The top speed depends on your DVD burner and DVD. But I recommend a speed of 4x or 6x as it reduces the chance of a critical error.

15. At Disc Volume, you can enter a label name for your disc.

16. At Output Format, you make sure that the correct video format is selected. NTSC or PAL. The video format depends on the country and region you live in.

17. At Encoder Engine, you can select the quality.

DVD Builder in WinX DVD Author

18. When you're ready, you click on the Start button.

Start button in WinX DVD Author

WinX DVD Author will now convert your video file to DVD format and then burn the video file to a playable DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, the software, maximum speed capacity of your DVD, and the file size of the video file.

How to burn any video file to a playable DVD using DVD Flick

DVD Flick is free and open source DVD authoring software which allows you to easily convert and burn any video file type to a playable video DVD that will play on any DVD player.

You can download DVD Flick here.

Note: You can also burn multiple videos to one DVD, but the amount of video files that you can burn to a single DVD depends on the file size of your videos and the capacity of your DVD.

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open DVD Flick.

3. Click on Add title located on the right side.

Add video button in DVD Flick

A “select video file” window will appear.

4. Go to the location on your PC where the video file is stored you want to burn to DVD.

5. Select the video file.

6. Click on the Open button.

Open video file in DVD Flick

DVD Flick will now load your video file.

7. Click on Project settings located in the top menu.

Project settings button in DVD Flick

Here you can change settings from basically every aspect of the DVD including audio, video, playback, burning, and general settings.

Most settings are good. But there are some settings you might want to change.

8. On the General tab, you give your disc a title, like the name of the movie.

9. At Target size, you click on the selection menu and then select the size of the disc you're going to burn to (e.g., DVD (4.3 GB)).

DVD Flick project settings general tab

10. On the Video tab, at Target format, you make sure that the correct video format is selected. NTSC or PAL. The video format depends on the country and region you live in. You can click on the [?] button for more information.

DVD Flick project settings video tab

11. On the Burning tab, you check the Burn project to disc option to burn directly to DVD after conversion.

12. At Disc label, you can enter a label name for your disc.

13. At Drive, you make sure that the DVD-burner of your computer is selected.

14. At Speed, you can select the burning speed (how fast your DVD will be burned). The top speed depends on your DVD burner and DVD. But I recommend a speed of 4x or 6x as it reduces the chance of a critical error.

DVD Flick project settings burning tab

15. Click on the Accept button in the bottom right corner of the “Project settings” window to save the settings.

16. To edit the DVD menu, you click on Menu settings located in the top menu.

Menu settings in DVD Flick

Here you will have the following options:

17. Click on the Accept button in the bottom right corner of the “Menu Settings” window to save the settings.

18. When you're ready, you click on Create DVD located in the top menu.

Create DVD button in DVD Flick

DVD Flick will now convert your video file to DVD format and then burn the video file to a playable DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, the software, maximum speed capacity of your DVD, and the file size of the video file.

How to burn any video file to a playable DVD using Wondershare Video Converter

Wondershare Video Converter is a well-known video converter which allows you to easily convert your videos to all kinds of video formats.

And:

With Wondershare Video Converter you can also convert and burn your videos to a playable Video DVD that will play on any DVD player.

You can find Wondershare Video Converter here.

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD burner drive of your computer.

2. Open Wondershare Video Converter.

3. Click on Burn located in the top menu.

Wondershare Video Converter burn option

4. Click on + Add Files located at the top left.

Wondershare Video Converter add files button

A “Open” window will appear.

5. Go to the location on your computer where the video file is stored you want to burn to DVD.

6. Select the video file.

7. Click on the Open button.

Open video file in Wondershare Video Converter

Wondershare Video Converter will now load your video file.

8. On the right side, you have the following settings:

Wondershare Video Converter burn settings

9. When you're ready, you click on the Burn button in the bottom right corner.

Wondershare Video Converter burn button

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will now convert your video file to DVD format and then burn the video file to a playable DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, the software, maximum speed capacity of your DVD, and the file size of the video file.

How to burn any video file to a playable DVD using QtlMovie

QtlMovie is a simple specialized graphical front-end to FFmpeg and other free media tools.

You can download QtlMovie here.

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD burner drive of your computer.

2. Open QtlMovie.

3. Click on the Browse button located at the top right of the program.

QtlMovie browse button

A “Open Movie File” window will appear.

4. Go to the location on your computer where the video file is stored you want to burn to DVD.

5. Select the video file.

6. Click on the Open button.

Open video file in QtlMovie

QtlMovie will now load your video file.

7. If you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then check the File option located under Subtitles.

But if you don't want to add subtitles, then you can skip step 7 until step 11.

8. Click on the Browse button.

Add subtitles to DVD in QtlMovie

9. Go to the subtitle file stored on your computer.

10. Select the subtitle file.

11. Click on the Open button.

Open subtitle file in QtlMovie

12. At Output file, you select Burn DVD.

Burn DVD option in QtlMovie

13. Click on the Start button.

QtlMovie start button

QtlMovie will now convert your video file to DVD format and then burn the video file to a playable DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, the software, maximum speed capacity of your DVD, and the file size of the video file.

When it's done, you will see a Job completed message in the field located at the bottom of QtlMovie.

How to convert and burn MP4 to a playable DVD using DVDStyler

You can download DVDStyler here.

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD burner drive of your computer.

2. Open DVDStyler.

A “Welcome” window will appear.

Note: If the “Welcome” window does't appear, then click on File located in the top left corner, and then click on New.

Start a new project in DVDStyler

3. Make sure that the Create a new project option is selected.

4. At Disc label, you enter a disc label.

5. At Disc capacity, you select the capacity of your DVD.

6. At Video bitrate, you make sure that Auto is selected.

7. At Audio bitrate, you select the same audio bitrate as your video file.

To find the audio bitrate of your video file in Windows, you right-click on the video file, click on Properties, click on the Details tab, and look in the Audio section.

8. At Video Format, you select NTSC or PAL. The video format depends on the country and region you live in.

9. At Aspect Ratio, you select 4:3 or 16:9. Most of the time, the aspect ratio of your video will be 16:9 because modern TVs are widescreen TVs. So, if you have a widescreen TV, then select 16:9, otherwise select 4:3.

10. At Audio Format, you make sure that AC3 48 kHz is selected.

DVDStyler DVD settings

11. Click on the OK button at the bottom right.

A “Select template for DVD menus” window will appear.

12. Here you can select a template for the DVD menu. If you don't want to add a DVD menu, then click on the No template button in the bottom right corner of the “Select template for DVD menus” window.

13. If you selected a template for your DVD menu, and thus chose to add a DVD menu, then click on the OK button in the bottom right corner of the “Select template for DVD menus” window.

14. Click on the “video +” (add file) button located in the top menu.

DVDStyler add file button

A “Choose a file” window will appear.

15. Go to the location on your computer where the video file is stored you want to burn to DVD.

16. Select the video file and if you want to add subtitles to your DVD, then select the subtitle file also.

17. Click on the Open button.

Open a video file in DVDStyler

18. When you're ready, you click on the “Burn” button (red DVD icon).

DVDStyler burn DVD button

Note: You can also click on File located in the top left corner and then click on Burn DVD.

DVDStyler burn DVD menu entry

A “Burn” window will appear.

19. Click on the Start button at the bottom of the “Burn” window.

DVDStyler will now convert your video file to DVD format and then burn the video file to a playable DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, the software, maximum speed capacity of your DVD, and the file size of the video file.


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