I can burn a data DVD on MacOS Catalina but getting a movie DVD burned is escaping me. Is this possible without additional software?

A VIDEO_TS folder is what I am looking to burn... VLC plays this perfectly including displaying the DVD menu. How can I burn this?


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No. Sadly, since Apple discontinued iDVD, there is no built-in way to burn a movie DVD.

Burn is an excellent free utility for creating audio, video and file storage on optical media.

  • Thank you. Unfortunately Burn has been quitting out on my unexpectedly. Not sure the issue.
    – Marcus
    Dec 31, 2019 at 13:03
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    Latest version is 2.7.8. Make sure you're up-to-date. There are other apps if it doesn't work for you.
    – benwiggy
    Dec 31, 2019 at 13:36
  • Even when iDVD was around, it was never built into the OS. iLife came preinstalled on lots of Macs, but if you did a clean install of e.g. Snow Leopard, it wouldn't have iDVD. I don't think there's ever been a "built in" way to make DVD-player-compatible DVDs. Aug 24, 2020 at 22:01

iMovie used to have "Burn to DVD". iDVD let you do this and create a menu system. But sadly those features are all gone. Most computers no longer have a DVD/Blu-Ray burner/reader anymore.

Roxio Toast (commercial software ... so this ruins the "without additional software" part of your question) still seems to support this. If you bomb out on no-cost options... this might be a (non-free) solution.


I've been trying to use Burn to create save some home videos to DVD, but they won't play in my Samsung player. I've tried burning to both DVD-R and DVD+R discs...both create discs that play just fine on my Mac using the built-in DVD player application, but when I pop those discs into my Samsung Blu-ray player, it ejects them with an error message saying something like "Can't play disc."

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