How to Make Quicktime Movies Play on a DVD Player

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

The QuickTime Video format is not compatible with the format that is on a DVD. To enable the DVD player on a computer to play a QuickTime movie, convert the QuickTime file to the MPEG-2 file format. This can be done using a video file conversion utility, of which there are a number available at no cost or on a free trial basis. The converted copy of the QuickTime movie can then be played on a DVD player program or burned to a DVD for playing on a stand-alone DVD player.


Download a video file conversion utility to the computer’s desktop, such as Handbrake program, the MPEG Video Converter or MPEG Streamclip program (see Resources). Double-click the downloaded file to start the installation process. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the computer’s hard drive. Restart your PC after the installation to avoid potential problems with the Windows operating system.


Launch the video file conversion utility by selecting it from the “Start” and “All Applications” pop-up menu if a PC is being used, or by double-clicking the icon of the conversion utility inside of the “Applications” folder if a Mac is being used.


Drag the QuickTime movie file onto the icon of the video file conversion utility. The icon will be in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen if a PC is being used, or in the dock at the left of the screen or at the bottom if a Mac is being used.


Select the “MPEG-2” file format from the “File output” and “Export File” or “File convert” drop-down menu on the program’s main screen.


Select “Save to” or “File destination” or “Output” from the “File” drop-down menu at the top of the program’s main screen. Navigate in the window that appears to the desktop. Click the “Open” button at the bottom of the window.


Click the “Convert,” “Start” or “Go” button on the file conversion utility program’s main screen. Wait as a progress bar that appears at the bottom of the screen fills in. Quit the utility program once the progress bar has filled in completely. Archive or delete the QuickTime movie file.

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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