Apple has decided to exclude iDVD from Lion, and I haven't found an easy way to make a DVD that can be played on my DVD player created in iMovie.

I found this question

However, there is no clear answer there. I dont have iDVD, and I cannot get it, but I still want to be able to create a DVD.

Does anyone know how this can be done?

  • Weird; iDVD isn't in the App Store either.
    – bneely
    Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 8:29
  • It's been discontinued
    – hellothere
    Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 8:23

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You can export your movie to a format of your wishes (.avi, .dv, ...) and then you can burn this on a disk with a suitable software suite (Roxio Toast or with the built in software of Lion/Mac OS)

EDIT: for free, software, I would recommend you use Burn

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    Are you sure you are able to burn standard DVDs (usuable in a plain DVD player) without additional software? Please add some explanation.
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 23, 2011 at 22:22
  • Yes because that is the main problem for me. I have exported it to m4v, but I have not found any free software that can burn to standard DVD format for my dvd player. I have found commercial software though, but want free Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 9:24
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    Sure there is :-) Try 'Burn' (see my edit). Free and makes playable DVDs for you DVD player.
    – Michiel
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 9:43
  • An actual DVD (not just some movie burned onto a DVD-R that can be played by some DVD players) is in a VIDEO_TS folder, encoded MPEG2. Does "burn" in Lion do that? Aren't you supposed to pay for an MPEG2 license to do that anyway?
    – GEdgar
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 15:02

See if you can find a friend who actually bought the boxed set of iLife before Apple outmoded iDVD. If so, have them copy iDVD.app out of their applications folder and give it to you.

  • That is most definitely not permitted by the End User License Agreement that such a friend would have had to agree to.
    – ryandesign
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 21:41
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    If they make a copy and keep using theirs, it's not allowed. If they don't need it any more, it should be fine to give it to you (and delete their own copy).
    – Ken
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 1:28

DVD-Creator is well reviewed, similar to iDVD and $39.99 on the Mac App Store.


I have no connection with this app or the manufacturer.


Correction: iMovie '11 does NOT have a direct option to burn to DVD

You will either have to share via web or download a dvd encoding burning program.

Disk utility is another way to burn dvd's, unfortunately it won't be in a format that is playable on a dvd player. It would end up burning as a Data DVD

-Hope this helps


In iMovie '11 go to the Share menu and select Burn to DVD.

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