How to Convert MOV Files to DVD Files

by Ray Dallas
Most DVD writers will convert MOV files automatically.

Most DVD writers will convert MOV files automatically.

MOV is a common file extension, especially when working with Quicktime, which Apple owns and developed the MOV file to go with it, according to File Info. It is possible to write MOV files to DVDs--especially easy on Macs and fairly easy on PCs. Just about any DVD-burning software will recognize MOV files and convert them to the proper format in the process of encoding a DVD.

1

Insert a blank DVD into the computer's DVD drive.

2

Launch the DVD-writing software. Most computers that have a DVD burner come equipped with DVD software. In Mac computers, this program is called iDVD. On Windows, the most common programs are Sonic DVDit!, neoDVD or one of ULead's DVD products, according to Microsoft.com.

3

Import the MOV file using either the "Import" option from the file menu or the "Add" button. Just about every popular DVD writer recognizes MOV files, so no outside conversion utility is necessary. In fact, iDVD only recognizes MOV files.

If you do own one of the rare programs that does not recognize MOV files, simply import the video into Windows Movie Maker and then export it in AVI or MPEG format.

4

Press the "Burn" or "Write" button. The program will now encode the file and write it to the DVD. This process can take anywhere from a few seconds to more than an hour, depending on the size of the file and the speed of the computer.

5

Finalize the disc when the prompt appears. Finalizing or "closing" the disc means you will be able to play it on nearly any DVD player.

6

Open the disc with the file viewer. You can do this by CTRL + clicking and selecting "View Contents."

7

Open the VIDEO_TS folder. Inside you will see VIDEO_TS files or VOB files. These are the DVD video files, which you may copy to the hard drive if you want them for later use.

Tip

  • check Shut down any unnecessary applications while the program is writing to DVD. This will expedite the process and prevent encoding errors.

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About the Author

Ray Dallas graduated with majors in journalism and English. While in Florida, he wrote freelance articles for "The Alligator" and was the copy editor and a writer for "Orange & Blue." Since moving to California, Dallas has worked as a script reader and for a talent manager, as well as taking numerous industry odd jobs.

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