Burning Video to dvd to auto play when inserted to Optical Drive

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Dukey, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    Sorry if this is too much of a newbie question but how do you burn a video to a dvd so that when the person inserts the disk on to their optical drive it automatically plays, like an actual dvd.

    From some research I know you can drag and drop or go to file>export to dvd but none exports the video to automatically play when first inserted. Also I was looking into dvd burner but read that idvd doesn't come with the new OS.

    What do you think? Thanks
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Simply burning a video to DVD will not make it a video DVD, as video DVDs need to be authored and adhere to a standard structure and format.

    Since iDVD is no longer included with Macs and you probably do not have it, if you bought your Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on it, you can try Burn:

    How to burn a video DVD in Burn:
    example below uses an .avi file, but it can also be applied to an .mp4 or .mov file


    As for the autostart feature, if it is a proper video DVD, the Menu or Title (video) will play automatically.

    And before burning via Burn, also take a look at its Preferences > Video > DVD.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    This was EXACTLY what I was looking for thank you!
  4. Dukey, Mar 13, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013

    thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    So I followed the instructions and I'm having a problem. The file that I dragged into Burn isn't compatible so it ask me if I want to convert the file to mpeg2. I tried it and didn't like it(it changes the resolution the file without my control) so I decided to use my own compression/conversion in compressor. I changed it to the same codec and what Burn suggest. Everything works fine and I can continue with the instruction until I press the burn button. After a few seconds of reading the disc and trying to burn the program suddenly crash, this happened more than 5 times in a row. Can't seem to figure why.

    Ended up getting toast, worked like a charm.

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