5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2013 7:53 PM by Ziatron
kayrakaye Level 1 (0 points)

I have videos from my Flip in my iPhoto library that I want to burn to disc.  I used a Memorex DVD+R to burn.  It plays on my PC but not on my DVD player.  What do I need to do to get it to play on DVD player?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,900 points)

    You need to "author" a disk to the correct format for DVD players. If you have iDVD use that. If not, iDVD is no longer developed by Apple. You may be able to get it on an old iLIfe install disk. There are other options:


    Burn: http://macupdate.com/app/mac/21992/burn

    Toast: http://macupdate.com/app/mac/6351/toast-titanium


    But there are lots of others too. Search on the App Store or MacUpdate

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,907 points)

    Right - to burn for a DVD player you need software that creates and burns the correct format for DVD palyers - iDVD is one if you have it - THere are many available including Toast - google will give you a selection



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,351 points)

    Do you have iDVD installed on your MBP?  If not you'll have to purchase it by buying an iLife 09 disk from a 3rd party retailer like Amazon.com: ilife 09: Software.

    If you have to purchase an iLife disc in order to obtain the iDVD application remember that the iLife 11 disc only provides  themes from iDVD 5-7.  The Software Update no longer installs the earlier themes nor do any of the iDVD 7 updaters available from the Apple Downloads website contain them.


    Currently the only sure fire way to get all themes is to start with the iLife 09 disc:



    This shows the iDVD contents in the iLife 09 disc via Pacifist:



    You then can upgrade from iDVD 7.0.3 to iDVD 7.1.2 via the updaters at the Apple Downloads webpage.


    Follow this workflow to help ensure the best quality final product:

    Once you have the project as you want it save it as a disk image via the  File ➙ Save as Disk Image  menu option.  This will separate the encoding process from the burn process. 


    To check the encoding mount the disk image and launch DVD Player and play it.  If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding was good.


    Then burn to disk with Disk Utility or Toast at the slowest speed available (2x-4x) to assure the best burn quality.  Always use top quality media:  Verbatim, Maxell or Taiyo Yuden DVD-R are the most recommended in these forums.



  • kayrakaye Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, my!  You did such a great and linear (a good thing) job. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain the process.  Since I need to do this as a one time thing,I am going to try my 8 yr old PC to see if it will still burn discs for me.  I am shocked that Apple provides a player not the software to create and burn. 

  • Ziatron Level 4 (3,830 points)

    I am shocked that Apple provides a player not the software to create and burn.


    So are 99.84% of us Mac users.