How to Burn MP4 to DVD on Windows 10: 4 Methods

Cheryl Bennett
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“How to create a DVD playable on a home DVD player from an MP4 file?” A Windows 10 user asked in the Microsoft forum. Many Windows users have the same question when they wish to burn MP4 files to DVD.

If you simply want to store the MP4 file on a DVD disc for computer playback, you can place the file in the DVD drive folder, then navigate to Drive Tools > Manage tab, and click the "Finish burning" button to burn it. However, this built-in DVD burning function only creates a data DVD, which is not compatible with most standalone DVD players.

To burn MP4 to DVD that can be played on a DVD player, you’ll need a specialized DVD authoring program that can convert the MP4 to DVD format and then burn it onto the disc. This article will show you a step-by-step guide on how to burn MP4 to DVD on Windows 10/11 with 4 different tools.

Before You Burn MP4 to DVD

1. Determine the type of DVD. Clarify whether you want to burn a video DVD or a data DVD from MP4. As mentioned earlier, a data DVD can be burned with Windows 10' built-in feature but may not work on your home DVD player. On the other hand, Video DVDs are just like commercial DVDs and playable on DVD players as well as computers.

This article will focus on burning MP4 to a video DVD using disc authoring software. To burn a data DVD, see the “Extended” section for detailed steps.

2. Prepare an external DVD drive. Most modern computers have no disc drive anymore, especially for laptops. If your computer is equipped with an optical drive, check if it has DVD writing capabilities.

3. Prepare a blank DVD. It’s recommended to use DVD-R disc, as it’s compatible with most DVD players.

 

The Optimal Way to Burn MP4 to DVD on Windows 10

You may have heard of some popular free disc burning program for Windows, such as CDBunerXP and Imgburn. But neither of them can burn MP4 to DVD directly, instead, they only burn DVD folders or ISO image file to DVD. So the simplest way is to use a DVD authoring program that can burn a DVD from media files. Among various free and paid options, iFunia DVD Creator stands out as a powerful and user-friendly choice.

iFunia DVD Creator is an excellent DVD authoring software that enables you to burn DVDs from MP4 and any video file. With its intuitive interface and comprehensive features, it provides a seamless MP4 to DVD burning experience.

Key Features:

  • Burn playable DVDs from MP4, MKV, WMV and any video file
  • Optimize MP4 file burning quality, or compress large files to fit the DVD
  • Create an interactive DVD menu with a range of menu templates or customizable options.
  • Play and edit the MP4 videos by trimming, cropping, adding watermark, subtitles, etc.
  • Preview the DVD project in real time before burning
  • Ultra-fast DVD burning speed
  • Support DVD-5 (4.7GB) and DVD-9(8.5GB).
  • Capability to create DVD folders and ISO image file from MP4 for future burning
  • Also burn ISO image to DVD
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

How to burn MP4 to DVD on Windows 10 with iFunia DVD Creator:

1. Install iFunia DVD Creator for Windows and insert a blank DVD into your computer’s disc drive.

Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7

2. Open the program, click the "Add Videos" button to import the desired MP4 file(s). Multiple MP4 files can be added in batch.

add MP4 file

3. (Optional) Click the editicon to access the built-in video editor, allowing you to trim, crop, rotate, add watermark and subtitles, adjust the volume and more.

edit MP4 file

4. Head to the Menu tab on the top to create an appealing navigation page for your DVD.

  • Choose a suitable template from the left column, or customize an unique one with tools provided in the right panel. You can import your own background picture and music, modify the buttons and add text, adjust the aspect ratio, etc.
  • If you prefer no menu, simply check the “No Menu” option.

customize DVD menu

5. Proceed to the Preview tab to preview the entire DVD exactly as it will be displayed on your DVD player.

preview the DVD6. Move to the Burn tab to adjust burn settings. Choose the “Burn to Disc” mode, enter your DVD name, choose TV Standard, playback mode and other preferences. Finally, click the “Burn” button to start burning MP4 to DVD on Windows 10.

burning settings

Upon completion, you can eject the burned DVD and verify its playback on your home DVD player.

 

Alternative Ways to Burn MP4 to DVD on Windows 10 for FREE

How to burn a video DVD from MP4 on Windows 10 without paying a fee? Here are two basic DVD burning software you can use.

1. DVD Flick

DVD Flick is a free and open source DVD authoring program for Windows. it’s designed to create DVD from videos, and allows users to edit the video title and add a simple DVD menu.

Follow steps below to burn MP4 to DVD using DVD Flick:

1. Download DVD Flick from its official site.

2. Run the software, click “Add title” button to add your MP4 file.

dvd flick burn mp4 to DVD step 1

3. (Optional) To edit the video, select it first, then click “Edit title” button to open the editor window. Here you can set a time index for the thumbnail, add/remove audio tracks and subtitle tracks, etc. Click “Accept” to save the changes.

burn MP4 to DVD with DVD Flick step 24. To add a DVD menu, click the “Menu settings” button on the top. You can choose a menu template from the left column, hit “Preview” to view the effect.

burn MP4 to DVD with DVD Flick step 3

5. Click the “Project settings” button on the top to set the DVD title, playback mode and other settings. It’s similar to the last step of iFunia.

burn MP4 to DVD with DVD Flick - step 46. Once ready, click the Create DVD buttoniconon the top to start the MP4 to DVD burning process.

Pros:

  1. Free and open tool
  2. Allows users to edit the video title, such as modifying the thumbnail of the MP4 title

Cons:

  1. Only offer 6 simple menu templates, with no freedom to create a DVD menu of your own design
  2. Cannot preview the whole DVD project
  3. Not beginner-friendly with an outdated user interface

Tip: There is another popular free and open DVD authoring program called DVD Styler, which offers more customize options to create a DVD menu. Check here to learn how to use it .

 

2. Express Burn

Express Burn is a dedicated disc burning suit developed by NCH Software. It offers a free version that can burn CDs permanently for free, and a time-limited free trial of all features, including burning video DVD, data DVD and video Blu-ray(BD) disc.

How to burn a video DVD from MP4 with Express Burn on Windows 10:

1. Download the free version of Express Burn Disc Burning Software from its official site.

2. Run the software, select “Video DVD” when prompted.

choose DVD type

3. Click “Add File(s)” or “Add Folder”to add MP4 files to the interface.

add MP4 to Express Burn

4. Click “Create Menu” to open the menu creator window, where you can choose a DVD menu template. It offers three simple built-in templates, and you can only make minor adjustments, like background image and title/subtitle.

create DVD menu with Express Burn for Windows

5. Once ready, click the “Burn Video DVD” button on the lower right corner to start the MP4 to DVD burning process on Windows 10.

Pros:

  1. Simple and easy to use
  2. Versatile DVD burning program - also create and write ISO file, copy DVD and burn Blu-ray disc.

Cons:

  1. Burning video DVD is a plus version feature, free for a limited time
  2. Can’t edit the video without installing another video editor program from NCH suite, which you might prefer not to install
  3. Ads pop up when open the software

Extended: Burn MP4 to DVD with Windows Media Player

You don’t need to install any third-party software to burn MP4 to a data DVD for playback on computers, Windows 10’s built-in burning feature can help. In addition to burning with File Explorer as mentioned at the beginning, you can also burn MP4 in your video library easily using Windows Media Player, which is preinstalled on all Windows OS.

Steps to burn a data DVD from MP4 using WMP on Win 10:

  1. Insert a blank DVD into disc drive of your computer.
  2. Open Windows Media Player, click the Burn tab from the right column.
  3. Create a Burn list. Drag the MP4 item you desire to burn directly to the “Burn list” window. If you add multiple MP4 files, you can arrange the order of them by dragging up or down in the list.create a burn list with Windows Media Player on Win 10
  4. When the MP4 file is loaded, click the “Start burn” button to start burning MP4 to DVD on Windows.start burn MP4 to DVD with WMP on Win 10

Tip: Like video DVDs, you can't edit a data DVD once it's been burned. So make sure you've got the right MP4 file(s) before you burn.

 

FAQs About MP4 to DVD:

Can I play the burned DVD on any DVD player?

Burned video DVD can be played on most desktop DVD players, including old home DVD players. But the MP4 format burned as a data DVD or a USB flash drive is unaccepted by DVD players. Or you can play MP4 on a Blu-ray player that supports MP4 and various codecs.

Can I burn multiple MP4 files/1080p MP4 file onto a single DVD?

Yes, you can burn multiple MP4 files in any resolution to a DVD using any of the mentioned methods. Just ensure that the total size of the MP4 file does not exceed the DVD’s storage capacity, which is 4.7GB for a standard, single-layer DVD or 8.5GB for a dual-layer DVD.

My MP4 files size is less than 4.7GB, but exceeds disc capacity?

Burning MP4 to a playable DVD will force the file to be converted and resized to the DVD format. Since the DVD format is less efficient in video compression than newer MP4 format, the file can take up much more space on a DVD disc than its original file size. In this case, you can try the following solutions:

  • Select “fit to disc” or “compressed” mode in the parameter settings of the burning software you’re using.
  • Burn your MP4 to a dual-layer DVD with a larger capacity, i.e. use DVD-9.
  • Burn the MP4 file separately to multiple DVD discs.

Post a message in the comments section if you have more questions.

 

Final Thoughts

Windows 10 can burn MP4 to DVD, but it won’t make the DVD playable on DVD players. Customizable DVD authoring software like iFunia DVD Creator is the best option to create a playable DVD from MP4. The software offers a range of advanced features including real-time preview, attractive DVD menu templates and high-quality output. Free DVD burning software is also a viable option if you’re looking for a more basic MP4 to DVD solution.

Burning DVDs and CDs may sound like an old-fashioned fad, but for many people it remains a meaningful way to preserve cherished memories and share give gifts with loved ones. By utilizing the right tools and following steps outlined in this post, you can easily burn MP4 to DVD on Windows 10/11, and enjoy your video on any DVD player or computer.

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Cheryl has been writing tutorials, reviews, and how-to articles on consumer apps since 2016. She specializes in multimedia products and is always testing on Mac, PC, and various devices.

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