How to Burn a .Mkv File to DVD

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The MKV video file format is very popular among those computer enthusiasts who prefer to avoid the proprietary video file formats produced by Apple and Microsoft. But like Quicktime and Windows Media, the MKV video format is not compatible with DVD file format. You can "burn" a MKV video file onto a DVD, providing that it is first converted into the DVD-compatible file format. There are a number of DVD-burning programs, many of which are available at no cost, that will both convert the MVK video file and burn into to a DVD. The procedure is straightforward and does not require any expertise in working with different video file formats.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank, recordable DVD
  • Download a DVD-burning program to the desktop, for example, the free program Burn for a Mac or the free ImgBurn program for a PC (see Resources).

  • Double-click on the program's icon after it has downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the DVD-burning program onto the computer's hard drive. Restart the PC.

  • Double-click on the icon of the DVD-burning program to launch it. Drag the MKV video file onto the icon of the DVD-burning program. The icon is either on the desktop or in the Dock to the left or at the bottom of the screen.

  • Click on "Yes," if a confirmation window appears stating that the file is not compatible with a DVD and should be converted into the DVD-compatible format. Wait for 10 minutes up to two hours, depending upon the size of the MKV file, for the DVD-burning program to convert the file to the DVD-compatible format.

  • Name the DVD that is about to be made from the MKV video file in the "Name" column that is at the top of the DVD-burning program's main screen. In some programs there might be an icon of a DVD next to the "Name" column rather than text.

  • Select "DVD-Video" from the list of choices presented in the "Type" drop-down menu on the DVD-burning program's main screen.

  • Select the name of the DVD drive from the list of choices presented in the "Devices" drop-down menu on the DVD-burning program's main screen.

  • Click on the "Options" button on the DVD-burning program's main screen. Select "4X" from the list of choices presented in the "Speed" menu on the window that appears. Close the window by clicking the "OK" button.

  • Open the disc tray of the DVD drive. Put the blank, recordable DVD disc onto the disc tray. Close the disc tray.

  • Press the "Burn" or "Start" button on the DVD-burning program's main screen. Wait for 10 minutes up to 2 hours for the DVD-burning program to burn the DVD. Exit the DVD-burning program after the DVD has been burned.

  • Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive. Remove the DVD. Close the disc tray. Archive or delete the MKV video file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Blow off the blank, recordable DVD with compressed air and wipe it off with a lint free cloth on both sides before putting it on the disc tray. This will help to keep dirt off of the laser lens inside of the DVD drive.
  • An inexpensive blank, recordable DVD is more likely to develop disk errors and cease working after a few months or years have gone by. More expensive recordable DVDs generally last longer.

References

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