The following guide provides you with a simple straightforward way to burn one or multiple mkv video files to DVD.
Most solutions that you find on the Internet that describe how to burn mkv files to DVD are either outdated -- some resources date back to 2009 and even earlier -- or ads for commercial programs.
The outdated solutions are usually complicated and may refer to software in the guide that is either not available anymore or has not been updated for a long while.
To get started, download and install the free program Freemake Video Converter from the developer website.
Update: The latest version of the program adds a branding video at the beginning and end of the video. This is a severe limitation of the free version and we cannot recommend the program anymore because of it.
Note: The program displays several adware offers during installation. Make sure you select decline when these offers are displayed to you if you are not interested in them. You may also notice that it is blocked from being saved to the computer by security software because of that.
Start the program after installation to create video DVDs of mkv video files. First thing you need to do is click on the add video button in the interface or select File > Add Video to add the media files you want to burn to DVD.
Each file is listed with its playtime, resolution and other information that you may find useful later on, for instance when it comes to selecting the right output format for the DVD that you are about to burn.
Naturally, you may also add other video formats to the queue and even mix them up, as they will all be converted by Freemake Video Converter to the right format before they are burned to DVD.
Click on "to DVD" in the interface once you have added the video files to the program. The dialog that opens up displays the total playtime and a quality indicator.
You may use the information to add or remove video files. For instance, if the program indicates that there is still space on the disc left, you may want to add more mkv files to the job to make use of that extra space, and if you have added too many files, you may want to remove some to improve the quality of the DVD.
Other parameters are provided on the page as well. It is for instance possible to switch from PAL to NTSC format, change the aspect ratio, select a dual-layer DVD instead of a standard DVD, or customize menu that the program adds automatically to the DVD.
If you want, you can change the title and switch from burning them directly to saving them to a folder or as an ISO image.
The conversion process starts once you click on the burn button. The process may take a while depending on the computer and the mkv files that you have added.
Freemake Video Converter creates a video DVD file that you can play in any player supporting the selected format (PAL or NTSC).
It takes just a couple of clicks to burn mkv files to DVD with Freemake Video Converter. There is no downside to the process once you are past the initial installation of the program and its adware offers.
Now You: Do you burn video DVDs regularly? Which programs are you using for that?
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