How to Burn a DVD with Subtitles onto a Mac

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How to Burn a DVD with Subtitles onto a Mac
A subtitled DVD movie circumvents the problem of not understanding the language being spoken. (dvd image by vashistha pathak from Fotolia.com)

A video file can have a subtitle video track that will play as an overlay on the video. You can burn a DVD on a Mac with the subtitle track active when the DVD first starts playing. You will need to use a video editing program and a DVD burning program supplied with the Mac's operating system at no cost. The programs are intuitively designed for use by novices as well as the more-accomplished computer user.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Blank recordable DVD

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drag the video file onto the icon of the included iMovie program. Wait as the iMovie program launches.

  2. 2

    Drag the video file from the library window onto the "Timeline" window. Click on the video file in the library window.

  3. 3

    Select "Show Movie Properties" from the "Window" drop-down menu at the top of the screen.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Subtitle track" checkbox in the column at the centre of the window that has appeared. Close the window by clicking on the red button at the upper left corner of the screen.

  5. 5

    Select "Save project" from the "File" drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Name the video file in the "Name" column at the top of the window. Select "Desktop" from the "Locations" drop-down menu at the centre of the window. Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the window.

  6. 6

    Press the "Eject" button on the keyboard. Place the blank recordable DVD onto the disc tray that has ejected. Press the "Eject" button again to close the disc tray.

  7. 7

    Double-click on the iMovie project file saved to the desktop to launch iMovie.

  8. 8

    Click the "iDVD" button on the program's main screen. Click on the "Create iDVD Project" button on the program's main screen. Quit iMovie once the included iDVD program has appeared on the screen.

  9. 9

    Select "Burn DVD" from the "File" drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Wait as the iMovie program burns the video with the subtitle track onto the blank recordable DVD.

  10. 10

    Click on "No" in the pop-up window that appears to return to the iDVD program. Quit the iDVD program. Press the "Eject" key. Remove the DVD from the ejected disc tray. Press the "Eject" key to close the disc tray.

Tips and warnings

  • Load the latest version of the iMovie program on your Mac to take advantage of any updates.
  • Do not use inexpensive blank recordable DVDs as they can fail after only a few months.

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