Standard DVDs contain ISO image files, which contain a combination of video and data. The video files contained in these ISO files are known as VOBs, or video object files, and the underlying format for these video files is MPEG-2. If you want to burn a video file to DVD that is not in the MPEG-2 or VOB format, such as an MOV file, the file must be converted into the proper file type. You do not have to convert an MOV prior to the burning process though. Several writing programs can perform the file conversion automatically.
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Download and use one of the free CD burners from Cnet or a similar site. While very few of the free DVD-writing applications available on Cnet list MOV specifically as a supported file format, many of the free programs have the ability to burn videos in nearly any format, including MOV. Free multi-format DVD-writing applications that you can download at Cnet include BurnAware Free, Burn4Free CD and DVD and Free Easy CD DVD Burner.
Get the Daniusoft DVD Creator from the Daniusoft website (see Resources). The Daniusoft DVD Creator is a for-a-fee DVD-writing application that lists MOV as a supported file format and provides a basic, one-screen burning system.
Use Super DVD Creator to burn your MOV to DVD. The Super DVD Creator shareware can be downloaded for a fee at Cnet (see Resources). Like Daniusoft, Super DVD Creator specifically lists MOV among its supported video file types.
Download the WinAVI Converter from the manufacturer's website (see Resources). Though the WinAVI Converter is shareware that must be purchased, you can download a free trial of the program first. A DVD-writing feature is included in the WinAVI Converter package, and can be accessed from the main screen of the Converter application.
Burn with ConvertXtoDVD. ConvertXtoDVD is another shareware program that lists MOV as a supported format and can be downloaded at Cnet (see Resources). Like Daniusoft DVD Creator, ConvertXtoDVD provides a simple one-screen interface in which you can upload your MOV file and burn the file to disc.
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