February 1, 2022

Top 11 DVD Burning Software for a Mac

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If you want to burn home movies or other video files onto DVD discs to share with friends or watch on your own TV or play in a DVD player, you'll need to make use of DVD-burning software for Mac. This guide will look at some of the best DVD burners for a Mac you can use to help you pick the perfect program.

Program

Best for

OS

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FinderUsers who do not want to install additional softwareEvery version of macOS
iSkysoftAdvanced users who want a powerful DVD burner appMac OS X 10.5 and up
BurnUsers who also want to burn CDs, audio discs, and moreMac OS X 10.9 and up
LiquidCDUsers who want a simple and easy-to-use DVD burner for MacMac OS X 10.5 and up
Bombono DVDUsers who want a free and open-source burner appMac OS X 10.5 and up
Tipard DVD Creator for MacUsers who want a burner with good editing toolsMac OS X 10.10 and up
DiscoUsers who want to make backup discs easilyMac OS X 10.4.3 and up
Simply BurnsUsers who want a beginner-friendly burner programMac OS X 10.4 and up
DVD StylerUsers who want to make great DVD menusMac OS X 10.1 and up
Express BurnUsers who want a burner app with a drag & drop interfaceMac OS X 10.5 and up
Roxio Toast TitaniumUsers who want secure DVD burningMac OS X 10.11 and up

List of the best DVD burner software for a Mac

In this post, we'll take a look at the best DVD burning software for Mac. Some of them may be easy to use, others may offer powerful features, but all of them are worthy of being on this list for one reason or another. Because of that, the DVD burners listed below are presented in no particular order. Since everyone's needs and preferences are different, the best way to find the right product for you is to pick the ones that sound appealing, read the reviews, and download the software.

A built-in Finder app

OS: Every version of macOS

Finder is a default, built-in piece of software that comes with every Mac device and has been around since the earliest iteration of the Macintosh operating system. It's used for finding and managing applications, files, and disks, offering a lot of everyday utility for Mac users. It's also a DVD burner and ripper, and it's one of the simplest options for burning discs with your Mac.

Pros

  • Built-in with every Mac – no downloads needed
  • Very easy to use, even for total beginners

Cons

  • Only works with burning data DVDs
  • Lacks editing options or other features

OS: Mac OS X 10.5 and up

iSkysoft DVD Creator for Mac has a number of powerful features that go beyond simple burning of DVDs. You'll be able to create slideshows, add audio tracks, and craft a compelling menu from a selection of professionally designed templates. Before burning your video, you can rotate, crop, flip and adjust the color values in it. The DVD burner software for a Mac can burn your final DVD to disk, but it can also save it as a DVD folder or an ISO file for watching on a modern MacBook Pro or another computer without a DVD drive.

Pros

  • Templates make creating DVDs easy and quick
  • Burning to DVD Folder and ISO frees you from the DVD drive

Cons

  • Design options are limited if you want to stray from the templates

OS: Mac OS X 10.9 and up

Burn can be used for authoring just about any kind of disk you'd like. In addition to DVDs, you'll be able to burn regular audio CDs, MP3 CDs, DVD audio discs, video CDs, and more. The software is available for Apple computers only, so if you have a Windows computer that you'd like to have the same software on, look elsewhere.

Pros

  • Free, open-source software
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Not a lot of customization options

OS: Mac OS X 10.5 and up

LuqidCD is a handy app to burn a DVD on a Mac. This piece of software is similar to Burn. They are both designed to be easy to use without the frills that would require a more complicated program. LiquidCD can burn to an impressive number of disk formats and read from almost any format you need it to. The software is free to use but is not open-source.

Pros

  • Can burn to a large number of formats
  • Free

Cons

  • Can be buggy at times
  • Not a lot of advanced options

OS: Mac OS X 10.5 and up

You won't find a download for OS X on the Bombono site but the open-source software compiles easily on Mac OS X if you are technically inclined. For that reason, we have not listed a minimum version number for OS X here. The software has a nice timeline viewer that makes editing your DVDs much easier.

Pros

  • Free and open-source
  • Features a simple timeline editor

Cons

  • It must be built from the source code
  • Not updated in a while

OS: Mac OS X 10.10 and up

This DVD burning software for Macintosh can read from all of the major formats and offers a nice set of features for customizing your DVD menus to look exactly the way you want them to. It offers a number of features for editing your video, such as the ability to trim, crop, change the color, or add background music to the video.

Pros

  • It has some powerful editing features
  • Easy to customize menus

Cons

  • Some videos compressed for DVD-5 can have poor quality

OS: Mac OS X 10.4.3 and up

This is one of the more unique DVD writers on the list. It has a feature called discography that lets you search through all of the files that you have ever burned using the program. This can make Disco a key component in a backup strategy that involves burning your files to DVD. This software features an attractive interface. Disco is now free to download after being officially discontinued in 2011.

Pros

  • Free to use
  • Unique 'Discography' feature allows for searching through all of the files you've burned

Cons

  • Hasn't been actively developed since 2011
  • Less powerful menu creation that some of the other options

OS: Mac OS X 10.4 and up

As the name implies, this older program is designed to be simple to use. Like many of the more simple options, it lacks some of the customization options that more full-featured software has. The software hasn't been updated in a while, but the author has mentioned that a new, 64-bit, version of the software is on the way.

Pros

  • Free and open-source
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • It hasn't been updated in a while

OS: Mac OS X 10.1 and up

DVD Styler is an open-source program licensed under the GNU GPL license. The program is designed to make styling DVD menus easier, so it has a nice set of features in that area. You can create your own menu from the impressive set of tools or select one from a set of templates. When you install it from a binary, it will ask you to install an ad-supported toolbar, although you can opt-out of that.

Pros

  • Free and open-source
  • Plenty of customization options

Cons

  • Not as many features as some of the other options
  • Asks to install a toolbar for ads

OS: Mac OS X 10.5 and up

Express Burn has a free version available for non-commercial use, but it can only be used for making audio CDs. The paid version allows for burning DVD though and has some nice features. It can burn to CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray and allows you to create and manage the chapters for your DVD menus. For many tasks, the software features a simple drag and drop functionality.

Pros

  • It is easy to use
  • It allows for chapter creation

Cons

  • It cannot bypass copy protections when copying DVDs or Blu-rays

OS: Mac OS X 10.11 and up

Roxio Toast is one of the most popular burn apps for Mac. It allows you to encrypt that data burned onto your discs using AES-256 bit encryption. It has features for capturing and editing video within the software itself to save you some steps. Toast also features the ability to recover lost files from damaged disks and will let you know what files could not be recovered.

Pros

  • More advanced capture and edit than other programs
  • Powerful tools for creating menus and chapters

Cons

  • More expensive than others

How to burn a DVD on a Mac with Finder

Follow the steps below to learn how to burn a DVD using Finder:

Step 1. Open the DVD burner for a Mac

Before you start using the recorder app, you'll need to make a "burn folder," which is basically a folder of all the files that you want to burn. This can include a wide range of file types, like VIDEO_TS, MP4, MKV, or MOV QuickTime movie files or JPG photos and pictures.

To create the folder, click on the desktop or open a window where you want to store your folder. Then press File, followed by New Burn Folder, and enter a name for your new folder.

Step 2. Add your files

Next, drag the files and downloaded items that you want to add to your folder into the folder from other folders and areas of your device. You should notice that each file you add will appear as an alias in the burn folder, with the original items remaining in their original places in the Finder.

Step 3. Burn your DVD

When you're ready to burn, open your burn folder and click the Burn button.

Enter a blank playable DVD disc into your device's drive. The autoplay burning process will then begin and the files from the burn folder will be burned onto the disc.

Summary

We hope that this article has helped you find the right freeware or paid program to burn DVDs on your Mac. If you need any extra help, here are some key factors to think about when choosing the right app:

  • OS: You need to make sure that the app you want to use is compatible with your version of macOS (or Windows, if you're using a PC).
  • Ease-of-use: A good burner app should be easy to use and simple to understand, especially if you're a beginner and don't have much experience with ripping, looping, and burning programs.
  • Features: Think about what kinds of features your app has. Some apps can do much more than burn DVDs. They can compress HD files, rip files, loop clips, add subtitles, and more.
  • Speed: Burner apps can also differ in terms of speed. The fastest apps deliver rapid performance and are ideal when you want to burn multiple discs fast.
  • Security: If you want your files and discs to be encrypted and protected, find a program with good security and encryption.

Ben Jacklin

Ben is a writer from the UK with qualifications in Media and Music Technology, he specializes in software reviews and tutorials. Ben has been blogging about media and tech subjects since he was a teenager from his base in the East of England.

Frequently asked questions

How do I burn a playable DVD on a Mac for free?

You can use any of the freeware Mac DVD burners on our list, like Bombono DVD, Burn, and LiquidCD. Another option is to use a built-in Finder app on your Mac.

How do I burn a DVD on my Mac to play on a DVD player?

Use any of the burner apps listed above and follow the step-by-step instructions provided with each one to make playable DVDs.

How do I burn MP4 to DVD on Mac?

To burn an MP4 file to a DVD on Mac, you simply need to use a DVD burner app that is compatible with MP4 files.

What is the fastest DVD-burning software for Mac?

Burning rates can vary based on your OS and device. iSkysoft, Burn, and LiquidCD are some of the fastest.

How do I choose DVD burn speed?

It depends on the program you're using. Most apps will usually have a drop-down menu before burning starts that you can use to adjust the speed.

Does burning speed affect quality?

It can, but it mainly depends on the power of the device you're using. On a low-end system, burning at high speeds can cause quality problems in the final disc.

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