Burning AVCHD & ISO to DVD+R DL on my iMac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by 1ONE, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. 1ONE macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    So I have a couple of AVCHD files and some ISO files that I need to burn to DVD+R DL's on my 2011 iMac.

    What programs do I need to accomplish this?
  2. ColdCase, Dec 18, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2014

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    What will you be playing the DVD on? I think you can just use disk utility for ISO (burn disk option). AVCHD is drag and drop, or you can use disk utility. Toast may also work.

    If you wanted to author a DVD with menus and such so it looks like a commercial DVD, most video editors like iMovie give you an export to DVD type option for simple stuff. If you want to get fancy you need something more robust, I use DVDSP. Not sure the burner in the 2011 is DL capable.
  3. 1ONE thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    I will be playing the DVD on my PS4 (or WiiU).

    That would be a shame if the 2011 iMac burner is DL capable. I sure hope so...
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    I'll be surprised if it isn't.

    If you want to play the dvd in a DVD Player, you will need software that can produce Video DVDs. Do you have iDVD on your Mac? It should be in the Applications Folder if you have it.

    If not you could try Burn:
    Not sure if it takes AVCHD files though.

    If it doesn't, use RewrapAVCHD to change the AVCHD container to a .mov container. There's no conversion so there's no loss of quality.

    If not Burn, then there's a few free dvd creators in the App Store.
  5. 1ONE thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    Thanks so much for your advice. I did check under System Information and it would appear DVD+R DL media is accepted so I should be okay.


    Wish me luck.
  6. Unami, Dec 22, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2014

    Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    just insert the dvd - you'll see it as blank dvd in finder. drag the avchd files onto the disc and press the yellow-black button next to the blank dvd to burn it. the ps4 should be able to read the avchd files (you could try that with an usb-stick beforehand).

    if you try to author a video-dvd, you'll lose a lot of resolution, because dvd-video is only in SD. if you wanted to preserve resolution AND have menus, you have to author a blu-ray disc (and buy a blu-ray burner).

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