I bought an iMac, but find that iDVD and iWeb are no longer part of the iLife. What is the solution? Do I have to buy an alternative dvd-burning program, and if so, which one?

iDVD is Apple’s default DVD burning tool which allows you to burn QuickTime movies to DVD with ease. However, from Lion, iDVD no longer comes with every new Mac as Apple wants people to distribute home movies to friends and relatives via iCloud or the advanced Final Cut Pro X rather than send them a DVD burned with iDVD for free.

Obviously, iCloud is not everyone’s choice. DVD is still a convenient media to transfer movies, or to watch movies on TV. If you think iDVD is a must-have, An ideal iDVD alternative will help you out. iFunia DVD Creator for Mac (mountain lion, lion included) is a great option. It supports all popular video formats and includes lots of beautiful DVD menu templates you can use to easily design a navigation menu with a play button and music. Below I’ll show you how to burn video  files to DVD with iDVD alternative for Mountain Lion.



Free Download DVD Creator for Mac and install it

Step 1. Drag and drop to import video files

When installation complete, launch DVD Creator by double clicking icon on desktop. After selected your media files in Finder, drag and drop them to the program. The iDVD Alternative supports all popular video formats used for downloaded videos, iTunes videso, camcorder videos and iPhone videos, either in HD or SD formats, including MOV, MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, WMV, 3GP, MKV, MOD, AVCHD, RMVB, etc. It’s the all-in-one solution to save your entertainment and memories to DVD for long time saving.

Step 2. Edit the video files (Optional)

DVD Creator for Mac includes all common video editing tools to help you touch up your videos easily. For example, you can trim, crop, rotate, add watermarks, adjust video effects, etc. to bring your video better to watch on TV. Just highlight a video and click “Edit” to pop up these editing tools for uses. After you do some editing jobs, you can view the effect in the right preview window in real time. Here you can also add different language subtitle files to your DVD movie and optionally adjusting audio volume of the output video.

edit video using iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 3. Choose a DVD menu

Dozens of DVD menu templates are provided for you to design an impressive DVD menu easily.  To get started, just click “Menu” button and choose a DVD menu template that fits your DVD movie theme, and then personalize it with your background music, frames, button, etc. No menu is also supported.


Step 4. Burn DVD with iDVD alternative on Mountain Lion

Before burning, you’d better preview your DVD project. Click the play button in the tool bar, and a standalone preview window will open. There you can have a look your entire DVD movie in real-time. Turn back to make changes it whenever you want.

burn video to dvd mac

Lastly, click the “Burn” button at bottom to choose the output file format and location.  Don’t forget to give a name to your DVD movie which will display when you insert DVD disc to DVD drive. As you can see, you can also save files as DVD folder, DVD, or ISO file for burning later.

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4 Responses to iDVD Alternative: Create DVD without iDVD on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

  1. chas_m says:

    I can confirm that iDVD still works, though for how much longer is anyone’s guess.

  2. AndyGump says:

    Maybe we should be looking at a bigger picture of video editing and DVD authoring in general. There have been many changes in this area and most have been reductions of some sort. Final Cut Express has gone, Final Cut Pro has been reduced in capabilities and pretty much all DVD authoring has gone. So my question is what is the future of video editing and DVD authoring in Apple software?

  3. RRFS says:

    Just have a try, what harm could it do? If it is compatible enough to make the DVD that’s all you need.

  4. David Bartosic says:

    I’d love to use iDVD since it was probably designed to work with iMovie but my updated copy most likely won’t be here in time

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