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Someone please help me.. I have looked through the forums for an answer but nothing has helped yet. Im trying to burn movies to dvd that will work on my home dvd player. I have assorted files such as, AVI, MKV and WMV. Can I do this with IDVD? This is my first mac and Ive only been using it for about a week. Can someone explain to me the process in MAC NEWBIE terms? Thanks in advance.
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Assuming that you're within applicable laws, and the rules of this forum, Handbrake might be your best option. Handbrake has a good Help subsection to assist you. In what format are regular dvds that you watch on your player? Use that same format.

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Does Handbrake actually do the burning? It sounds like the OP is trying to convert, but also burn to a DVD video disc, suitable to play in an ordinary DVD player.

For those purposes, you might do well to take a look at Roxio Toast, which has converters as well as a burning program to do this.

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Are there any FREE program(s) that I can use that will convert to a file type that will play on my home dvd player as welll as burn?
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Best free Mac Video Converter - free download Video Converter for Mac The free version has limitations.

Because video conversion is very popular, free software to do it is rare. If you want suggestions about paid-for apps, post back.

Handbrake is free, and it also does some conversions. Download HandBrake for Mac - Versatile video encoder; convert any source to MPEG-4 and more. MacUpdate Mac Software Downloads

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The first one you linked to is the same software that is rebranded for Aiseesoft and iSkySoft. It is universally reviled for being flakey and advertised via spam. If you want to support a company like that, I would be very cautious with your personal information.

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Someone please help me.. I have looked through the forums for an answer but nothing has helped yet. Im trying to burn movies to dvd that will work on my home dvd player. I have assorted files such as, AVI, MKV and WMV. Can I do this with IDVD? This is my first mac and Ive only been using it for about a week. Can someone explain to me the process in MAC NEWBIE terms? Thanks in advance.
To use iDVD, you'd have to convert those files into a format iDVD understands, such as MP4. You can use the free Redux Encoder to do this, but I'd suggest first installing Perian and Flip4Mac WMV player (both free).

The commercial product Toast by Roxio will allow you to just throw in nearly every kind (those WMVs may nor may not work) of video file into it, sit back (for quite a while!) and it will just convert and burn the disc for you.
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ok thanks guys I will give them a go
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