How to Burn M4V Files to a DVD

by Theodora Pennypacker

M4V files are digital videos that have been especially compressed for playback on iPod and iPhone devices. Although the format is used by the Apple iTunes Store to distribute video, third-party videos can be encoded as M4V files since it is an open format. When M4V files are burned onto data DVD, they can be stored and transported just as if they were copied onto a flash drive or external hard drive. Although Mac computers are equipped to write files onto DVDs, the disc recording software included in Windows does not support DVDs. As a result, PC users must download a specialized program to burn files onto DVD discs.

Mac Users

1

Load a blank DVD-R into the disc drive. An action dialog window will display. Click "OK" to the preselected option, "Open Finder." The DVD will appear on the desktop as "Untitled DVD."

2

Double-click the DVD shortcut and the disc will load in "Finder." Browse for the M4V files. Select all the items and drag them into the DVD. Once the have copied over, they will appear loaded on the disc.

3

Click the "Burn" icon to write the M4V files onto the DVD. A disc burning dialog window will display. Give the disc a new name in the "Disc Name" field. Open the "Burn Speed" pull-down menu to choose a desired speed.

4

Click "Burn" to write the M4V files onto the disc. When the process is complete, the DVD will automatically eject.

PC Users

1

Download and install disc burning software that supports DVDs. Free Easy Burner, Ashampoo Burning Studio Free and Burn4Free CD and DVD are all freeware options that are available to PC users.

2

Load a blank DVD-R into the disc drive. An action dialog window will display. Choose "Take No Action" and click "OK."

3

Launch the disc burning program. Create a new project and give the disc a name.

4

Add the M4V files to the project. Locate them in the file selection window and double-click the items to import them into the application.

5

Run the disc burning operation. When the process is complete, the DVD will automatically eject.

Tip

  • check In addition to iTunes, M4V files can be opened and streamed through the following media players: QuickTime, RealPlayer, VLC and Media Player Classic.

About the Author

Based in New York City, I am an online video producer who has more than five years of experience working in digital media. I specialize in video compression and distribution, video software, online video sharing and portable device use. I received my B.A. in Film Studies in 2005 from Vassar College.

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