How to Burn MP4 Files to DVD

by Christina Shaffer

    While the size of an MP4 may be much larger than other popular video files, such as a WMV, the format is often used to produce high-quality video. Windows Explorer offers a feature to burn videos directly to disk. However, many DVD players are not capable of playing an MP4 file that hasn’t been converted to DVD format. To create a playable DVD, use DVD-authoring software to convert the MP4 to DVD format and create a digital video disk. Depending on the types of features you would like to include, such as menu designs, you can use Windows DVD Maker or install a third-party DVD authoring program.

    Using Windows DVD Maker

    Step 1

    Launch Windows DVD Maker.

    Step 2

    Click the “Add Items” button. Select each MP4 file you want to convert and burn to disk and click the “Add” button.

    Step 3

    Arrange the video files in your preferred order by clicking and dragging each thumbnail image to your desired location in the Order list. After you arrange the videos, enter a name for the disk in the DVD Title field and click “Next.”

    Step 4

    Click the “Menu Styles” drop-down menu and select the template you want to use as the main menu design. Each main menu template is interactive. To preview one of the available designs, select the template and then click the “Preview” button on the toolbar. After you preview the design, click “OK” to return to the main screen.

    Step 5

    Click the “Menu Text” button to alter the default text displayed on the main menu, such as the Play and Scenes buttons. After you customize the text, click the “Change Text” button to save the edits.

    Step 6

    Click the “Customize Menu” button to add addition media to the main menu. Depending on your preference, you can insert a song or add video to the background or foreground of the main menu. To alter the Scenes button displayed on the main menu, click the Scenes Button Styles drop-down menu and select one of the available designs. Click the “Change Style” button to save any changes you make in the Customize menu.

    Step 7

    Insert a blank DVD into the computer’s disk drive and click the “Burn” button. Depending on the amount of videos you included in the project, the conversion and burning process can take more than an hour to complete.

    Using Koyote Software’s Videos to DVD Converter

    Step 1

    Download and install Koyote Software’s Video to DVD Converter (link in Resources), which is a freeware application.

    Step 2

    Launch Video to DVD Converter.

    Step 3

    Enter a title for the DVD in DVD Label field and click the “…” button in the Working Directory field to choose your preferred destination folder. Click the “Next” button.

    Step 4

    Click the “Add Chapters” button and load each MP4 file in the order you want it to appear on the DVD. Click “Next.”

    Step 5

    Import the image you want to use as the main menu screen by clicking the “…” button in the Background section. By default, the program selects the Classical Menu style automatically.

    Step 6

    Edit the font of the DVD title on the main menu by selecting your style, size and color.

    Step 7

    Click the “Chapter’s Titles” tab to edit the names of each video you imported. To edit the font of each chapter, click the “Chapter’s Settings” tab and select your preferred style, color and size from the appropriate drop-down menus. Position the chapter text on the main menu by using the Top, Left and Vertical Space slider bars. Click the “Next” button.

    Step 8

    Insert a blank DVD and check the box next to the “Burn the project to DVD” option. Select your preferred writing speed and then click the “Start” button to convert the project to DVD format and burn it to disk.

    Using 4Media DVD Creator

    Step 1

    Download and install 4Media DVD Creator (link in Resources). When you use the free trial version, a watermark is inserted in the video. To avoid the watermark, purchase the full version. The conversion software costs approximately $40 as of September 2012.

    Step 2

    Launch 4Media DVD Creator.

    Step 3

    Click the “Add Video Files” button and import your preferred MP4 files. Arrange them in your preferred order by clicking and dragging the thumbnail image to your desired location in the list.

    Step 4

    Click the “Templates” button in the Menu section and select your preferred main-menu design. The program includes a variety of template designs including wedding and nature themes.

    Step 5

    Enter a title for the DVD in the Volume Label field and then choose your preferred output settings, including writing speed and the number of copies you want to burn. Select your PC’s DVD drive from the Destination drop-down menu.

    Step 6

    Click the “Video Quality” drop-down menu in the DVD Settings pane and select your preferred quality. Selecting the highest quality will produce a better overall picture, but the encoding process will take longer.

    Step 7

    Click the “Burn” button to convert the MP4 to DVD format and burn it to disk.

    Tips

    • DVD-RW and DVD+RW disks are rewritable disks and can be edited at a later date. DVD-R and DVD+R disks cannot be edited.

    Warnings

    • Using DVD-authoring software to burn copyrighted movies without the permission of the copyright holder is illegal. The software should only be used to burn movies you created or videos that are not copyrighted.

    About the Author

    Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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