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Terencefromfl Level 1 Level 1

I've just upgraded to iMovie 10 and cannot figure out how to burn my movie to a DVD. I don't want to share on Vimeo, CNN, etc. I just want a movie for me?

What may I missing? Help, please!

iMac, iOS 6.0.1
  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3

    Go to File>Share>File, choose the size (probably should choose either SD or Large) then click Next, give it a name, then click Save.


    Go to iDVD. Go to File>Import>Video and select the file you just created. It will bring the video into your iDVD project.


    This was always the way I did it in the previous version of iMovie. Works just fine.

  • Terencefromfl Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the feedback. Nothing happens when I click on Share in iMovie 10.

  • thenickberry Level 1 Level 1

    If a movie is not selected, the Share button will be greyed out.  Select a movie, then click Share.

  • jbend Level 1 Level 1

    I'm trying to burn a DVD also using iMovie 10 (2013) on a new driveless MacBook Pro, which does not come with iDVD.  I am able to select the project which is listed in iMovie Library, then click share (among import, create, share buttons at top of iMovie), and choose "File."  Once that was done, an MP4 of my movie shows up in my Documents folder.  When I right click, there is a burn to disc option, but when I click it says the disc will be playable on a Mac or Windows PC.  No good.  I'll report back if I find a solution.


    A f%$% manual would be nice.  The iMovie documentation here on the site is outdated and sends you looking for iDVD.

  • dizs Level 1 Level 1

    I've now also spent the better part of two days trying to convert a video from tape to digital in iMovie and then burn a dvd. And I agree that a manual would be nice for iMovie 10. In the meantime, here's what ended up working for me:

    Instead of sharing the movie and creating another mpeg-4 file, I opened the package contents of the iMovie Library.

    Then I selected the project, opened the folder called Original Media and in there is a .mov file which is the movie I wanted to burn.

    Now, the rest worked because I have Toast Titanium: I right clicked on the .mov file and one option was "Toast It" which I did. The rest is simply using Toast to create a dvd which can be played on both computers and a regular machine wired into a TV.


    When I used share and created an mp4 file, Toast wouldn't accept it. That seems to be another of iMovie 10's endearing features, that it creates files of the right types that can't be read by other applications that accept those files. So I don't know who knows why this was so, but I'm happy that I could finally get a finished product and I hope this might help others until Apple does some real improving of iMovie 10.

  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3
  • dizs Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you, Alan. A good chunk of the time I spent was looking for a manual. Everything I saw through the usual search was at least 5 years old.

  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3

    No problem. I simply did a Google search for "iMovie help" (without the quotes) and that was the third result.

  • RuffiansRide Level 1 Level 1

    I have already turned to the help section and tried what's been listed above; still no results.  In the projects window, I have one movie that I have queued in the "creating movie", and it is not saving it to a movie file.  It does create an mp4, which has audio only.  The manual says nothing about burning a dvd that I can find, rather the only reference to dvd is importing directly from camera to dvd.  I also do not have idvd. 


    What a mess.  I'm really sorry I upgraded so far.  Any new suggestions would be most welcome. 

  • dizs Level 1 Level 1

    I'm not sure why you don't have iDVD, since I think it comes with every system. In addition to taking a movie file and burning it to a DVD via Toast, I tried opening iDVD and using Magic DVD. That gives you a screen where you can drop a movie file and it looked like most of the files I had would work that way.

    Next time I need to burn a dvd, I'm going to try that method.

    And I agree that the manual doesn't seem very detailed or complete.

  • RuffiansRide Level 1 Level 1

    I'd love to try Toast, but I can't even save this to a file.  The only functioning "exports" are to youtube and all that.  It just endlessly promises it's going to make it and sends it to the cloud anyway. 


    I'll keep trying.  I've put too much work into this project to quit.  I will keep an eye on this thread in case someone has ideas. 

  • HFarrer Level 1 Level 1

    RuffiansRide, I hope that you get an answer. I am trying to burn some DVDs for my family's hristmas party tomorrow and didn't think it would be so complicated with iMovie. I'll let you know if I figure something out, but I hope to get an answer soon.

  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3



    The manual is not going to help you figure out how to burn a DVD. Apple discontinued iDVD several years ago and no longer supports it and in version 10 of iMovie has removed all references to iDVD or burning DVDs.


    That said, iDVD stil works beautifully and remains the best option for creating nice-looking DVDs on a Mac.


    You said that everything appears to be uploading to iCloud. Have you tried unchecking "Automatically upload content to iCloud" in iMovie's Preferences?


    Here is a step by step on how to create a DVD from iMovie 10 using iDVD 7.1.2. If you do not have iDVD, you can probably substitute Toast everywhere I used iDVD (I don't have Toast so can't verify this).


    1. Create a project in iMovie 10.0.1

    2. Go to File>Share>File... and for Size choose Large 540P (960 x 540) and click Next

    3. Choose a location on the hard drive to save the file to.

    4. Wait for the blue circle activity indicator to finish.

    5. In Finder, verify that iMovie created an MP4 file in the location specified in step 3.

    6. Open iDVD and click "Create New Project."

    7. Give the project a name and save it to your hard drive.

    8. Drag the file you created earlier from the Finder into your iDVD project window.

         (or go to File>Import>Video... and choose your video there)

    9. Make any adjustments to drop zones, etc.

    10. Click the burn button.

    11. Insert a DVD and let it do its thing.


    This produces a working DVD for me.


    Here are my software specs:

    OS X 10.9 Mavericks

    iMovie 10.0.1

    iDVD 7.1.2

  • jkwitt Level 1 Level 1

    Hi there, I followed your steps exactly Alan Cook2 but am still unable to create a DVD (like I used to before all the updates) In addition to being able to pull the mp4 file into idvid, I am also unable to pull the video up in quicktime either? I get an error message that tells me quicktime is unable to open my file (mp4 file that was created thru imovie) Any ideas? Thanks!

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