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How to Convert Video to DVD

Edited by Pat Bitton

March 12, 2020

You’ve shot a video with your camera and now you want to watch it on your DVD player. Or maybe you want to free up some hard drive space and burn your movies to a DVD. Either way, you'll need to convert your files to the DVD format since not all DVD players can read AVI, WMV, MKV, MP4, or 3GP formats, the most common formats for video shot with mobile phones and camcorders.

In this article, we’ll show you how to transfer video to DVD and answer some of the frequently asked questions.

How to Change Video to DVD with Movavi Video Converter

Movavi Video Converter is your easy answer to questions like “How can I convert video to DVD?” or “How can I convert AVI to DVD?” Get this handy tool, and you will be able to transfer your files to the MPG format, which is compatible with most DVD players, in just a couple of clicks.

Follow our step-by-step guide and see how easy it is to convert video to DVD.

Install the DVD Converter

Download the DVD converter from the Movavi website and install it. This fast, easy-to-use software for PC or Mac supports more than 180 file formats, so you can go beyond just converting MP4, WMV, or AVI to DVD and vice versa to resizing your video and performing basic editing tasks.

Choose a File for Conversion

Launch the converter and click the Add Media button in the upper-left corner and then Add Video. Choose one or multiple files to convert to DVD.

Choose a Format

To choose an output format, click the Video tab, open the DVD-Compatible Video category, and select a preset. The DVD converter enables you to encode video in both PAL and NTSC standards, which have different resolutions – modern players usually support both formats. You can also choose high, medium, or low quality – the final file size will be significantly affected by your choice here.

Convert Your File to DVD

Click the Folder icon and choose the destination for the converted video or videos. The converted file may be larger than the original, so make sure you have enough free hard disk space.

Finally, click Convert and just wait until the conversion is complete. If the file is large, the process can take several minutes.

Burn Files to a DVD (Optional)

When the conversion is complete, the folder with the converted video will open automatically. Now you can watch your movie on your computer, mobile phone, or DVD player.

If you want to burn your files to a DVD, try Movavi Video Suite for Windows – a useful collection of multimedia processing programs. In addition to video conversion, editing, and capture, the suite can also help you with burning videos to a DVD.

With Movavi Video Suite installed, all you need to do then is make sure you've inserted a writable DVD into your computer's DVD drive and then click Burn Disc. Thanks to the intelligent DVD-compatible preset, the files will not need to be re-encoded into the DVD format, which means your DVD will be ready in just a few minutes!


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Frequently Asked Questions

DVDs store video, audio, subtitles, and navigation menus in the VOB format. VOB is a multimedia container that was designed specifically for DVDs. VOB files can also be encrypted to ensure copyright protection.

You can use any program for video conversion to transfer video to the DVD format on Mac. We recommend Movavi Video Converter for Mac. Download this simple yet powerful software and follow the instructions below.

  1. Download and install the program, then launch it.
  2. Drag and drop the video file to the program window.
  3. Open the Video tab and click DVD-Compatible Video. Choose the desired preset for conversion.
  4. Click Convert to start the conversion process.

The highest possible resolution for DVD video is 720 × 480 pixels for NTSC and 720 × 576 pixels for PAL. That is far from HD quality, so if you want to burn an HD video to a disc, you need to use Blu-ray.

DVD video can be encoded in the MPEG-2 Part 2 / H.262 or MPEG-1 Part 2 format. However, MPEG-2 is more common.

CD stands for Compact Disc. It’s an optical medium that replaced cassette tapes. CDs can store up to 700 MB of audio or video data. DVD means Digital Versatile Disc, and it’s a type of optical disc that can contain up to 4.7 GB of data. The main difference between them is their storage capacity. Also, CDs are mostly used for storing music albums and audio data in general, while DVDs contain films and videos.