How to Burn ISO to DVD on a Mac

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An ISO file contains all of the needed information to create a DVD for playing on a computer or stand-alone DVD player. The ISO format is not compatible with the required format a DVD uses, so it must be converted. Free programs, which can be used on a Mac, convert the ISO file into a DVD-compatible format and then burn it onto a DVD. These free DVD-burning programs all operate in a similar manner to first convert the ISO file to the DVD-compatible format and then burn it onto the disc. No experience in using different video file formats is necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank recordable DVD
  • DVD drive
  • Download a free DVD burning program to the desktop of the Mac--for example, the free Burn program (see link in Resources). Double-click on the icon of the program after it has downloaded. Follow the menu prompts to install the program on the desktop of the Mac.

  • Double-click on the icon of the DVD burning program to launch it.

  • Drag the ISO file onto the icon of the DVD burning program--the icon is in the Dock to the left, or at the bottom of the screen.

  • Click inside the empty column next to the icon of the DVD at the top of the DVD burning program's main screen. Name the DVD that is going to be made with the same name as the ISO file.

  • Select "DVD-Video" from the drop-down menu at the top of the DVD burning program's main screen.

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

  • Click on the "Burn" button at the bottom of the DVD burning program's main screen.

  • Wait as a progress bar displays the percentage of time needed for the DVD burning program to first convert the ISO file into a DVD-compatible format--this process could take anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours, depending upon the size of the ISO file.

  • Wait anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes as a new progress bar appears as the DVD burning program burns the now DVD-compatible ISO file to the blank recordable DVD.

  • Quit the DVD burning program when a confirmation window appears. Eject the disc tray. Remove the DVD. Close the disc tray.

Tips & Warnings

  • DVD burning programs that must be paid for typically have more options for controlling how the DVD will be burned than free software offers.
  • nexpensive blank recordable DVD discs will fail to work over time due to being made of inferior materials.

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