How to Write MP4 to DVD

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How to Write MP4 to DVD
Some DVD authoring programs can encode MPEG-4 videos into a compatible format and burn them onto disc. (5 dvd cases image by Trevor Goodwin from Fotolia.com)

The MP4 file extension is used to distribute MPEG-4 video. The format has emerged as a popular medium for digitally downloaded video due to its high quality and compact data rate. MP4 files are compatible with many desktop media applications and portable devices, but the format is not commonly used to video media onto DVDs. Nonetheless, there are DVD authoring programs that can encode MPEG-4 videos into a compatible format and burn them onto disc. DVD authoring programs closely resemble each other in terms of functionality and they have a standard work flow.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install a DVD authoring program.

  2. 2

    Import the MP4 file into the DVD authoring program and create a project for the video.

  3. 3

    Set up menu for users to navigate the contents of the disc.

  4. 4

    Simulate the project to test the DVD-video's viewing experience.

  5. 5

    Insert a blank DVD-R into the disc drive. Burn the project onto the disc. When the burning process is complete, the disc will automatically eject.

  6. 6

    Load the burnt DVD-video into a DVD player and screen the disc.

Tips and warnings

  • Nero Multimedia Suite, Super DVD Creator and Ashampoo Burning Studio are all DVD authoring programs that can create DVD-videos with MP4 files.
  • As an alternative to authoring a DVD-video, users can simply burn the MP4 file onto the disc as a data DVD. A data DVD is simply used to store and transport files like a flash drive. When an MP4 file is copied to a data DVD, it can either be read off of the disc or copied to another location.
  • If an MP4 file is copy-protected, it is digitally encrypted to prevent unlawful distribution and reproduction. As a result, these videos cannot be burnt onto DVDs.

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