iDVD Download Solutions - Burning DVD on Mac

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iDVD Download? Burning DVD on Mac

iDVD is part of Apple's iLife software suite that allows users to burn DVD movies from QuickTime videos, music and digital photos. The DVD that can be played on any home DVD player and you can enjoy movies on your big screen TV. Unfortunately, iDVD is discontinued from Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion). iDVD is also unavailable on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).

Although DVD is not as popular as before, it's really an easy and convenient way to bring together taken photos and iMovie video to a removable medium so you can either mail to friends and family or share with them in the living room. However, Apple insists that everyone has a fast enough broad width (is that true?) to upload his video to iCloud, YouTube, Facebook, whatever. So iDVD is now dead. It disappears from Mac OS X Lion and won't come back. My God!

Sorry, Apple, I'm one of those who has no fast Internet connection and I prefer to burning my movie to DVD for long time saving. As so far, I've found 4 solutions to burning DVD on Mac with or without iDVD.

★ Method One: Download iDVD Alternative for Mac ★

I know you can get iDVD back to work on Mountain Lion and Lion, but Apple even makes it more difficult now. So my first suggestion is to find an iDVD for Mountain Lion alternative. There're many Mac DVD burning software on the market. You can easily download and try them. If you don't like, just remove it from your Mac. What I'm using now is Wondershare DVD Creator for Mac. It makes it very easy to burn photos, video and music to DVD. Compared to iDVD, it has too obvious advantages - slideshow making and broad video format support.

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Method Two: Download iDVD to Mac and Install

Apple doesn't provide an iDVD download link anywhere. But actually, iDVD works well on Mountain Lion and Lion. Here comes the problem: Where can you get iDVD installation package? Below are multiple ways to download iDVD application.

  • iLife box set. Buy iLife '11 on Amazon [OLD VERSION] if you don't have one. iLife '09 may also work.
  • The supplied application DVD disc of some old models of MacBook or iMac.
  • You've saved an iDVD copy somewhere.
  • Apple ever sent free iDVD copy, but unavailable now. If you shout loudly enough, Apple may send?

Installing iDVD is as easy as other applications for Mac. However, some users have found these problems.

Problem: "When I attempted to load iDVD into a new iMac. A notice came up on the screen stating that the 'Authorisation Licence' had expired on 25 March this year (2012). I contacted the Apple support team and eventually, I was told that the Licence had been withdrawn and could no longer be used." - from jhb21939.

Solution: Set your Mac's time to sometime before 2011 and run iDVD installer. Reset the time back to the correct time when the installation is complete.


1. You can update iDVD to the latest (and last) version using the updater that is available here: Apple - Support - Downloads.

2. All new iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro now doesn't include a DVD drive, to burn DVD on these Mac computers, you need an External DVD Burner.

Method Three: Apple's Solution - Final Cut Pro X

iDVD is unavailable, but the most expensive Final Cut Pro X allows you to burn DVD right from the application, but without any fancy themes. You can get it Mac App Store for $299.99.


Method Four: Apple's Free Solution - Disk Utility

Apple's Disk Utility can also be used to writing files to DVD disc. If you can export your movie to ISO or DMG format, you can use Disk Utility to burn DVD on Mac. Here is how:

  1. Open Disk Utility: /Applications/Utilities.
  2. Drag and drop ISO image icon to the Disk Utility window.
  3. Select the disk image and click the Burn button.
  4. Insert a blank CD or DVD into your computer's optical drive
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete DVD burning.

Conclusion: Wondershare Provides An Easy Solution

If you can get iDVD to work on your system, it's the perfect solution. However, for regular users, Wondershare DVD Creator for Mac enables you to easily install and provides you with similar and even better features than iDVD. Apple has its own prospective and expensive or free-but-limited solution, but I won't stand by Apple's side this time. Download iDVD alternative now.

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