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There are many different programs for burning DVDs and CDs on the Mac. These include some very good paid apps. However, there is with Burn Energy Drink a good free alternative. The Burn app, which works from macOS 10.9, is continuously being developed, the last update is from January 17, 2021 and there are many options: add disc icon, create DVD menus, burn audio and MP3 CDs, copy data carriers and much more. In the following I have compiled the information about the current version Burn 3.1. You can download it for free with this link.
If you have clicked on the page linked above, you will find the green download button on the right-hand side. If you click on this, you will be taken to the SourceForge website, where the Burn Download should start automatically after a few seconds. A .zip file of approx. 32 MB is downloaded. The Mac can unzip it by double-clicking it.
After unzipping (in the Downloads folder, for example) you will find the Burn program there. You can move it directly to the Applications folder or click the appropriate option when you run it for the first time. And done, you can use Burn to burn CDs and DVDs on your Mac. The operation is very easy, as you will see below.
On Website for the app you will mainly find information in English. But don't let that put you off, the program ends up in German on your hard drive. It is a small, clear window with four tabs: data, audio, video and copy. So you can choose directly whether you want to burn files and folders, create an audio disc (e.g. with music), a video CD or DVD or a copy of the disc. Different formats can be selected for this.
If you select the "Data" tab in Burn on the Mac, you can drag your files into the middle part of the window. The total size of the data packet is then displayed below. So you can better decide whether you want to burn a data CD (up to approx. 700 MB) or a data DVD (up to approx. 4 GB). In addition, next to the text field for the disc title, you will find a menu for selecting the appropriate file system:
If it is more like a music CD, an MP3 disk or a DVD with audio content, then click on the second tab called "Audio". Here, too, there is the option of selecting different formats in order to establish a certain compatibility:
If you want to capture a video, several videos, a film or simply your holiday recordings on a blank disc, then select the third tab "Video". In addition to the format menu next to the text field for the disc title, you will find a menu for the region under the file / clip overview. PAL is used in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other regions. NTSC is intended for North and Central America and parts of South America. The selectable formats are:
The last tab in the Burn app for macOS on Apple Mac, iMac, MacBook and Co. is called "Copy". Here you can select the media and image files in the drive to burn them to a new blank disc.
As mentioned at the beginning, Burn on the Mac not only offers the option of burning a video DVD or backing up data on the Mac. Menus can also be created for DVDs and Video CDs to simplify navigation between the various contents on the DVD player and television. In addition, the disc symbols can be customized for display on Mac and PC.
However, only after installing the appropriate add-ons, which are referred to as extras. These cannot yet be seen in the screenshots above. The download can be found at this point. "MenuEdit" ensures that you can create your own themes and menus for DVDs. “Icon sets” provides you with icon sets, ie collections of symbols that you can use.
On the website shown above, click on the download button to the right of "MenuEdit (create your own themes)". The download from the SourceForge site should then start again automatically. Start the downloaded program MenuEdit, create your own theme and save it. You can use it in Burn by simply opening it with the same app. The whole thing only works in older systems that can also use 32 bit apps.
Therefore, the note for users with current operating systems such as macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.15 Catalina and 11 Big Sur: The MenuEdit app will probably not work here because it has not yet been updated for these systems (32-bit instead of 64-bit application ). It is not clear whether and when an update will come. Information as of February 3, 2021.
You can download icon sets from the SourceForge website via the extra page linked above. You can use these as disk symbols in Burn using the following procedure:
What do you think of the Burn app for macOS? Do you still burn CDs, DVDs and data discs at all or have you already completely renounced such data carriers? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic;)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.