How to burn DVD'S with iMac?

Rhobes

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 28, 2004
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Bigfork, MT
Hi All-

I have a GoPro Black and a micro SD card full of video. A friend asked me to burn the video to a DVD and send it to him. I don't see that my iMac is capable of burning DVD's yet I have burned CD's.

I never realized if this iMac could utilize DVD's or not, I don't seem to find any info on that question. How can I burn video to a DVD? I have the video downloaded to the desktop.

What brand, type of DVD would be best? What do I need to do this?

I bought my iMac in May 2010 and is:
IMAC 27"/4850-512M
Part Number: Z0GF

With the following configuration:
PROCESSOR 065-9233 2.8GHZ QUAD-CORE INTEL CORE I7
MEMORY 065-9266 8GB 1066MHZ DDR3 SDRAM - 2X4GB
HARD DRIVE 065-8407 2TB SERIAL ATA DRIVE
GRAPHICS 065-8981 ATI RADEON HD 4850 512MB
OPTICAL DRIVE 065-9410 8X DOUBLE-LAYER SUPERDRIVE
 
For a 2010 iMac, you might have iDVD in the Applications folder. If so, it's a pretty good program that Apple provides for making a DVD. Your superdrive should be able to do the burning job once you make the DVD in iDVD or something like Toast.

It's unclear if your friend wants a DVD to play on a DVD player or if he simply wants you to burn the video files onto a DVD (which won't play on a DVD player). If the latter, you should be able to do this by putting the videos in a folder, insert a blank DVD, drag the folder (or it's files) onto that blank DVD icon, click the "burn" icon that appears in the Finder window.

If he wants video to play on any DVD player, you need to use a tool like iDVD or Toast or others.
 

n8mac

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Jun 25, 2006
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Ohio
Your iMac has a superdrive which means it can burn CDs and dual layer DVDs, but not bluray.

Hi All-

I have a GoPro Black and a micro SD card full of video...
Not sure how much GB of footage you shot or if it was HD but since you state that your SD is full of video, assuming you want to send most if not all this footage to your friend it is going to take up a lot of space. You will either have to highly compress the video to fit on a DVD or have to burn many DVDs so it will all fit. A dual layer DVD holds a little more than 8gb which isn't bad for SD video but if its 1080p video then thats going to be a lot of DVDs.
 

jameskachan

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Aug 16, 2008
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Toronto, Canada
Just send a USB stick - or WeTransfer or something...

Don't send a DVD.

Mail a USB stick - Send online via WeTransfer or one of the other many sites - Upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo and make it private if you like.

All of these options are superior to buying a stack of disks, burning them and sending them. DVDs are already hard to play in most laptops. They wont get any easier.
 

Chad3eleven

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Dec 11, 2012
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Yes your mac can burn DVDs..

but why take HD footage and burn to an SD DVD?

Like others have said, buy a cheap USB stick, transfer the files and mail that to your friend.

OR.. sign up with Copy.. 15 GBs free.. and you can just email the link for him to download the files.

https://www.copy.com/home/
 

phrehdd

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Oct 25, 2008
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USB stick might be okay but you can also explore Roxio Toast which is by design, made to burn DVDs. It has several settings that allow you to compress your media if its too large for one disc or allow spanning to multiple discs.
 
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