iPhones are great for taking videos, but they aren’t great for watching videos. Instead of squinting at a tiny screen, burn iPhone videos onto a DVD for better viewing experience. If you’ve never done it before, or you’re not sure where to begin, here are some instructions:
Step 1: Download the videos onto your computer
First, you’ll need to transfer the video files onto your desktop computer or laptop. The process differs, depending on what type of devices you own:
iPhone to Mac video file transfer
If you have a Mac, connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. iPhoto should automatically open. Select which videos you want to import and click on the button that says “Import Selected.”
iPhone to PC video file transfer
If you have a PC, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes downloaded onto your computer and connect your iPhone using a USB cable. Open the Photos app and select “Import.” You can set up the app to automatically import any new items that haven’t been imported before, or you can manually select which videos you want to transfer.
If you’re still having trouble, visit the Apple Support page “Import photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch” for more information.
Step 2: Edit your videos
Add special affections, music, and captions before you burn iPhone videos onto a DVD using one of these free computer programs:
(You can also edit videos on your iPhone before you transfer them over to your computer.)
The easiest way to edit your videos on a Mac is through iMovie. The app should already be on your computer. If not, you can download it here.
To learn how to use iMovie, watch this short tutorial (13 minutes)
After you’ve finished editing your video, save it to your computer by going to File > Share > File.
Windows Movie Maker
If you own a PC, you’re probably already familiar with Windows Movie Maker, a free video editing program already installed on your computer. If you don’t have this program, you can download it here.
To learn how to use Windows Movie Maker, watch this short tutorial (8 minutes).
You can burn your videos onto a DVD directly from this program.
Step 3: Burn iPhone videos onto a DVD
Once your movie is prepared, you can burn it onto a DVD. Here are instructions on how to transfer your videos onto a disc:
Burn DVDs on a Mac
Create a new folder on your desktop and add all of the videos that you want burned onto the DVD. Open up the folder and click on the gear icon and select “Burn to Disc…”. Insert the writable DVD into the drive. Give the DVD a name and click on “Burn.” The disc should automatically start burning.
If you don’t have an optical drive on your computer, you can purchase an Apple USB Superdrive on Amazon for around $80.
Burn DVDs on a PC
You can burn a DVD directly from Windows Movie Maker. Once the file is edited and ready to go, click on “Save Movie” and then “Burn a DVD.” (If you don’t see this option, then make sure that Windows DVD Maker is installed on your computer.) Give your video a name and then select “Save.”
Windows DVD Maker should automatically pop open. Select your DVD burner, review the options, give your video a title, and then select “Next.” From here, you can customize the menu and preview the DVD before you start burning. When you are ready, click on “Burn” to begin burning your disc.