Frequently Asked Questions: Burn

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Media Librarian

Winifred Fordham Metz
Contact:
Media Resources Center in the Undergraduate Library
(919) 962-4099

Burning a CD

With Toast, you can burn an audio CD or a data CD.

To burn a data CD (a CD or DVD that can only be read in a computer, but can contain any kind of files or media), see: How do I burn a data CD?

To burn a an audio CD with Toast, follow these steps:

  • Open Toast. Toast is the icon on your dock that looks like a toaster with a CD in it.
  • Click on the second tab on the upper left corner of Toast’s main window. This tab has an icon of a speaker and two eighth notes.
  • Click on Audio CD, just below the tab in the last step.
  • Do either of the following:
    • (1) Click “Add” on the bottom of the window. Then, select any audio files you would like to burn on this CD.
    • (2) From the Finder, drag any files you would like to burn into the main part of Toast’s window where it says “Drag sound files or audio tracks into this area.”
  • Click the big red button in the bottom right corner of Toast’s main window. Toast will open the CD/DVD tray and prompt you to put a blank disc in.

Hint: you can burn the sound from a video file by simply adding the video file.

Burning a DVD

In Toast, you can burn DVDs for a DVD player, or you can burn data DVDs. Data DVDs can only be read by a computer but they can contain any kind of files. To burn a video DVD for a DVD player, follow these steps:

  • Open Toast. Toast is the icon on your dock that looks like a toaster with a CD in it.
  • Click on the third tab on the upper left corner of Toast’s main window. This tab has an icon of a movie slate.
  • Click on DVD-Video, just below the tab in the last step.
  • Do either of the following:
    • (1) Click “Add” on the bottom of the window. Then, select any video files you would like to burn on this DVD.
    • (2) From the Finder, drag any files you would like to burn into the main part of Toast’s window where it says “Drag video files or pictures into this area.”
  • Click the big red button in the bottom right corner of Toast’s main window. Toast will open the CD/DVD tray and prompt you to put a blank disc in.

You can use iDVD to burn a DVD of your movie. You can burn up to 120 minutes of video on one DVD. The size of your video files does not matter. When you burn a DVD formatted for a DVD player, the program converts your footage to MPEG-2 video, with the same specifications as a commercial DVD.

iDVD is also integrated tightly with iMovie. To burn a DVD of something you have edited in iMovie, click here.

If you have an edited movie and you have not yet exported your sequence, you will need to do this before you can put your movie into iDVD. You can export from either iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Once your video has been exported as a single video file, you can import it into iDVD. If you have footage that does not need to be edited, you can import it directly into iDVD.

Once your footage is ready to be burned on a DVD, you are ready to start. At its most basic level of functionality, you can simply follow these steps:

Open iDVD

Create a new project

Add video by clicking File > Import Video…

Select your video files.

Burn your DVD by clicking File > Burn DVD. iDVD will prompt you to put a blank disc in the CD/DVD tray.

Media Lab Manager

Greg Klaiber
Contact:
919-962-2559