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johnny0313x's avatar

How can I burn a DVD?

Asked by johnny0313x (1845points) May 16th, 2009

So I have actually never burned a DVD before. I have a TV series that I want to burn onto a DVD so I can watch it on my TV, the DVD menus are included and all. I don’t really understand the file formats or what exactly to do. I am on an mac if that matters and the movie has .BUP, .IFO, .VOB file extensions for all the files. I don’t know anything about this stuff. Can anyone help?

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prasad's avatar

I don’t know about mac, but I use nero on windows.
I’ve come across DVDs with .VOB file extension that play on DVD player, if this is what you want to know.

Jack79's avatar

What do you mean when you say “I have a TV series”? Did you download it from somewhere? What format is it in? If all of it is included and you have the files you said, Nero will basically put them in the right order and burn them properly, so that you end up with a DVD that can be played on most DVD-players. But I am not sure if it works under Mac. I don’t see why not though, if there’s a Mac version of Nero.

rooeytoo's avatar

Mac has a built in burning application. In Finder, under the file tab there is an option called burn folder, click on that, the folder will appear on your desktop. Drag whatever you want to burn into that folder, insert a blank dvd and click burn. That is true of Leopard and Panther, I forget about the cats that came before. When you are finished, delete the burn folder, the original remains wherever it was to start with.

justwannaknow's avatar

throw it in a fire.

DeanV's avatar

This is what wired says.

But regarding the apps on that post, I consider disco to be superior to toast and popcorn for beginners and ease of use.

Or you could just go through the finder. But watch out, some DVD players may not play discs made on there. What format it the file in?

johnny0313x's avatar

Thanks I’ll try the finder and then maybe that disco app you mentioned. The files are in .BUP .IFO and .VOB I don’t know what each file does exactly I know if I open the . IFO file in VLC that is how I play it on the computer the other files just open up one of the episodes right away rather then give me a DVD menu.

DeanV's avatar

You’re going to want to use Handbrake to convert those files to either mp4 or .mov so that you can burn them using disco or toast. What you have right now is just regular DVD data files that aren’t very readable by computers (VLC is an exception).

Unfortunately, I don’t think you can keep the DVD menus when you do that, so I recommend backing up your files first. Don’t be afraid to play around with them (providing you have backups).

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