"I’ve just upgraded to iMovie 10 and cannot figure out how to burn iMovie project to DVD. I don’t want to share on Vimeo, CNN, etc. I just want a movie for me? What may I missing? Help, please!" a hot discussion on Apple Support Communities.

"How can I burn iMovie to DVD?" or "How to export iMovie to DVD on Mac?" Such kind of questions are quite common online. Many iMovie users would like to burn iMovie to DVD for either safekeeping or convenient playback on DVD player or TV. If you are one of these people who would like to burn DVD from iMovie, look no further, here we will show you how to convert iMovie to DVD on Mac with ease.

Part 1: How to Export iMovie Project for DVD Burning

iMovie is a video editing software application sold by Apple Inc. for the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch). It was originally released in 1999 as a Mac OS 8 application bundled with the first FireWire-enabled consumer Mac model – the iMac DV. Users can import photo and video clips, and then edit the photos and video clips like adding titles, themes, music, and effects (basic color correction, video enhancement tools and transitions).

You couldn’t yet directly export iMovie to DVD on Mac within iMovie, without the help of professional iMovie to DVD burner software. To burn iMovie to DVD on Mac, no matter which iMovie to DVD burner software you would adopt, the very first thing you need to do is to export iMovie project.

Detailed Steps on How to Export iMovie Project:

1. In iMovie Library, select the video clip you want to export and burn as Digital Video DVD.

2. To select it, drag the cursor across the portion of video that will be burned onto DVD, or hit Ctrl+A(Command+A on Mac) to select entire video.

3. Go to File > Share > File or click on "Share" in the menu bar and select "File" in the pop-up window, review the information in pop-up window and select "Next", then name and save the file.

4. Your iMovie project would be exported to your computer for burning to DVD.

Export iMovie to DVD

After exporting iMovie project to computer, you could then make use of DVD burner software to burn iMovie project to DVD disc on Mac.

Part 2: How to Burn iMovie to DVD on Mac

Actually Apple has preinstalled an iMovie to DVD burner software program to help Mac users to burn iMovie project to DVD. Open iDVD, go to "File>Import>Video" and select the iMovie project file you just exported from iMovie. It will bring the video into your iDVD project. Of course, you need to insert a blank writable DVD disc into the DVD disc recorder drive before you could successfully burn iMovie to DVD with iDVD.

The unhappy thing is that Apple has dropped iDVD on its Lion and Mountain Lion OS. You will never find iDVD on your new Mac or upgrade your Mac to Lion/Mountain Lion. You have to download iLife suite to get this iDVD app. And if you are lucky enough to have an iDVD pre-installed, you can take use of it to burn iMovie project to DVD on Mac.

However, if you’re not lucky to have no iDVD, don’t worry. You get a better choice – Leawo iMovie to DVD Burner, an alternative to iDVD but performs even better than iDVD. Leawo iMovie to DVD burner for Mac is specially designed to burn iMovie to DVD on Mac with fast burning speed and best output quality. In addition to the iMovie files, the program could burn video in almost all regular formats like AVI, FLV, MP4, WMV, MOV, MKV, VOB, etc. to DVD. Moreover, the built-in video editor and stylish DVD menu templates let you personalize your DVD like a pro.


DVD Creator for Mac 

☉ Burn video to DVD disc, folder and/or ISO file on Mac.

☉ Edit video files via video editor and add 3D effect.

☉ Add and design disc menu to get customized DVD.

☉ Burn ISO file to DVD disc on Mac in one click.

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Detailed Steps on How to Burn iMovie to DVD Mac:

Now download, install and run Leawo iMovie to DVD burner for Mac, then follow the steps below to burn and convert iMovie to DVD on Mac OS easily.

1. Import iMovie project into this Mac DVD Burner

Simply click "Add" icon on program main interface to add your iMovie projects. All added files will be listed on program left interface. The Mac iMovie to DVD burner supports to burn iMovie to DVD disc, folder and ISO Image. If you need to burn to DVD disc, please insert a blank DVD disc into your Mac recordable DVD-ROM.


  1. Here you can rearrange video order, add external subtitles to your iMovie projects, choose to burn to DVD-5 or DVD-9, set aspect ratio and output quality, preview imported projects with built-in player, and check out the needed space for DVD burning at the bottom of program.

2. Edit iMovie files (Optional)

To personalize your iMovie projects, you can click "Edit" option on one of the video item bars. On the pop-up window, you can crop the frame size, trim video length, append effects, add picture or text watermark, and rotate video angle. If you have no editing needs, just skip this step.

3. Set disc menu

Select a disc menu from the right sidebar of the main interface and preview it by clicking its center. Via clicking the pencil icon on the disc menu preview panel, you could edit your DVD menu like adding background picture and music, choosing desired buttons and frames, etc.


  1. As to the disc menu editing panel, you could add background music/video/image, change title position and content, adjust text font, size, color, etc.
  2. You could save edited disc menu template for future use.

4. More iMovie to DVD burning settings

Click the big green "Burn" button to call out the burning settings panel, where you need to do burning settings like burn video to DVD disc, ISO file or/and folder, input volume label, set saving destination for output files.


  1. If you only need to burn iMovie project to DVD disc on Mac, insert a blank writable DVD disc into the disc recorder drive and then select DVD disc recorder drive as output under the "Burn to" option.
  2. You could burn iMovie to DVD disc, folder and/or ISO image file at the same time.
  3. Make sure your computer hard drive gets enough storage if you want to create DVD folder or ISO image file.

5. Burn iMovie to DVD Mac

Finally, on the burning settings panel, hit the "Burn" button to start burning iMovie to DVD on Mac immediately. By now, the process to create DVD from iMovie project has been finished. You could then watch burned DVD disc on any DVD player.

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