How to Burn Your iMovie Project to DVD Using or without iDVD

Fiona Kaufman Jul 16, 2021 Make DVD

iMovie is considered to be an easy-to-use video editor for Mac computers. It is free bundled with most Mac devices; however, it is not perfect. At least for people who wish to burn iMovie project to DVD. In fact, there is no option to do it in iMovie at all. More importantly, most DVD creator programs do not support iMovie projects. That makes things complicated. Fortunately, you can find 100% working methods to do the job from the guide below.

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Part 1: The Easiest Way to Convert iMovie to DVD

In the past, you can export iMovie project to iDVD and then burn DVDs. However, Apple discontinued iDVD since Lion. That is why you need Vidmore DVD Creator. It is not only easy to use, but also support a wide range of multimedia formats.

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How to Make DVD from iMovie Project

Step 1: Import iMovie project

Export the iMovie project in MPEG-4 or QuickTime format. Then install the best iMovie to DVD creator to your PC. There is a dedicated version for Mac machines. Insert an empty disc into your DVD drive. Launch the software and select DVD Disc to open the main interface. Click the Add Media File(s) menu to import the iMovie project. Insert an empty DVD into your computer.

Add Meida File

Step 2: Make DVD menu

Set the options at the bottom according to your situation. Hit the Next button to open the menu template window. Go to the Menu Template tab on the right side, scroll down and find your favorite template. Alternatively, you can create a personalized DVD menu in the Custom Template tab. The Preview option at the bottom allows you to view the effect before burning. If you wish to play the iMovie project directly, check No Menu directly.

Edit Menu

Step 3: Burn iMovie to DVD

Click the Burn button to the setting dialog. Check the box next to Burn to disc and set the options below. Once you click on the Start button, the iMovie project will be put on DVD. A few minutes later when it is done, you can watch it on your DVD player.


Part 2: How to Burn iMovie to DVD with iDVD

iDVD is Apple’s DVD authoring tool working with internal and external DVD burners. Though Apple has stopped supporting this tool, many users have purchased iDVD and still used it on Mac. If it is your situation, follow the guide below to export iMovie to DVD.

Step 1: Run iMovie app on Mac, create a new project or open an existing one.

Step 2: Highlight the project in the library area, click the Share icon, and select the File option. Select 480p for Size to Export, and click Next, and then set the destination location. You can check the project in Finder app.

Sharing Options

Step 3: Next, open iDVD, click Create New Project, give a name, set a location and aspect ratio. Click Create button to confirm it.

iDVD New

Step 4: Select Preferences from the iDVD menu and go to the Projects tab. Here you can set Video Mode, Encoding and DVD Type.

Step 5: Then click on the Themes button at the bottom and select a theme for your DVD menu. You can adjust the elements on the theme.

Burn to DVD in iDVD

Step 6: Open Finder and locate the iMovie project file you just saved. Drag and drop it into the iDVD project window. Or import it by the Import option in File menu.

Step 7: Finally, insert a blank DVD into your computer, and click on the Burn button at the bottom of iDVD to begin making a DVD from iMovie project.

Note: Though you may find the iDVD option on the Share panel in iMovie, you’d better save it to your hard disk. Even if the burning task fails in iDVD, your iMovie project is still safe. Moreover, it is a bit complicated to burn iMovie to DVD in iDVD. You must be patient.

Part 3: FAQs of Burning iMovie to DVD

How do I create a DVD menu in iMovie?

iMovie is a video editor but not DVD creator. It can only perform basic video editing. DVD menu is not video file but interactive items. Therefore, iMovie cannot create or edit DVD menu. Most DVD authoring software provides menu templates, such as Themes in iDVD. In addition, you can change the background music, picture and other elements on the theme.

How do I transfer iMovie from iPhone to DVD?

Though you can use iMovie on both Mac and iPhone, it is difficult to transfer iMovie from iPhone to DVD directly. The alternative solution is to export the iMovie project to your iPhone memory. Then transfer it to a PC or Mac computer. Next, look for a proper DVD authoring application for your machine and burn the iMovie project to DVD. However, you can transfer DVD to iPhone without iMovie.

What has replaced iDVD?

Now, Apple has discontinued iDVD, partly because DVDs are not widely used anymore. Of course, you can burn you videos to DVD with the built-in Disc burning function. However, you should understand that this function can only produce data DVD but not video disc. It means that your DVD player cannot play the disc at all. Therefore, you still need a third-party DVD authoring app for Mac.


Now, you should understand how to burn iMovie to DVD with iDVD or without the built-in DVD authoring app. Sometimes, you just wish to burn your video project to a playable disc and then watch them on large screen with your family. If you still have iDVD, use it directly. If not, Vidmore DVD Creator can meet you need on both Mac and Windows. More importantly, it is easier to use than iDVD. Still have problems? Please write it down below this post.

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