Can I Burn DVD with VLC Media Player? How Can VLC Help to Burn A DVD?

Can VLC burn DVDs? The short answer is NO, you can't burn DVD with VLC! This media player can only help to convert the video file to DVD format, which is a necessary part of burning DVDs. So you can't say burn DVD using VLC and there is no VLC DVD burner ever existed. But you can use VLC to change the video into a DVD supported format for later burning. Follow this article to know more information.

Michelle | Updated at June 9, 2021
The Process to Burn Video to DVD With the Help of VLC:

Part 1. Encode the Video to DVD Format with VLC

A Simplified Alternative: Convert the Video to DVD Formats with a DVD Converter

Part 2. DVD ISO Creation and Burning

The multi-functional VLC is famous for its capability to do lots of different things besides serving as a media player. It can be used to stream, edit, and download videos, it also allows you to record screen, convert video formats, and rip DVD as well. Yet it is not omnipotent, you can't, for example, burn DVD with VLC. It can only encode the video to DVD supported format while the burning part needs other professional DVD burning software to complete. The rest of this article will show you how to convert video to DVD format with VLC and continue to use other tools to burn the VLC-converted video file to a DVD.

Also read: Can Handbrake Burn DVD


WonderFox doesn't advocate any illegal duplication and distribution and all information provided in this article is presented for general informational purposes and personal fair use only. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before you burn any DVDs. Burned content CANNOT be used for unauthorized reproduction, distribution or any commercial use.

“Burn DVD with VLC” - Encode the Video to DVD Format with VLC

A DVD is encoded in MPEG 2 format. It has two norms, PAL (used in Europe and elsewhere) and NTSC (used mainly in the USA).







Aspect Ratio

4:3 or 16:9

4:3 or 16:9

Frame Rate



Audio Format

mp2a Standard MPEG Audio, a52 AC3 Dolby Digital, DTS Audio, PCM Uncompressed (raw).
At least one track must be in a52, PCM Uncompressed (raw). At least one track must be in a52

Now, we can start encoding a video file to DVD format with VLC via Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Linux). Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. On the Windows system, press Win+R on the keyboard to open Run box. Type cmd and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open an administrator Command Prompt. On the Linux system, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open the Terminal.

Step 2. In the prompt window, enter the following command (in one line):

C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc "D:\Downloads\Your File.mp4" :sout=#transcode{vcodec=mp2v,vb=4096,acodec=mp2a,ab=192,scale=1,channels=2}:std{access=file,mux=ps,dst="D:\Downloads\Your File"} --aspect-ratio="4:+3" --sout-transcode-width=720 --sout-transcode-height=480 --sout-transcode-fps=29.97 --sout-ffmpeg-keyint=16 --sout-ffmpeg-strict-rc

Then hit Enter to start encoding.

Note: The bold bits can be changed in terms of your preferences. The C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc is the location where your VLC is installed and D:\Downloads\Your File.mp4 is where your needed video file is located. Other bold parts are changeable according to the information charted above.

A Simplified Alternative: Convert the Video to DVD Formats with a DVD Converter

If you find the above process too complicated for you, you could consider directly using a DVD converter to do all the heavy lifting. From what I know, WonderFox DVD Video Converter is perfect for this kind of thing. It can not only convert videos to DVD format but also rip DVD to popular digital formats like MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV... Follow the below steps to begin converting.

Step 1. Please free download free download and install the software on your PC. Then launch the software.

Step 2. Click on Add Files to import the video that you want to convert into this program. Next, hit the format icon on the right to choose VOB (DVD format) under the Video section as the output format.

Step 3 (Optional). Click on the Settings at the lower-right corner to check the parameter of the output video. Or you can skip this step because the software will smart fit the best choice for your video.

Step 4. Hit Run to start conversion.

“Burn DVD with VLC” - DVD ISO Creation and Burning

Now we've come to the final process, using an ISO burner to burn the file into DVD that will play in the DVD player. The recommended tool is ImgBurn which will first convert VOB to ISO and then burn the ISO to DVD disc. Follow the below instructions to burn your DVD:

Step 1. Go to to download and install ImgBurn on your PC. Run the program and click Create image file from files/folders on the main screen.

Step 2. On the new window, click File > Browse for a source file... to import the just-converted VOB file. Then hit the Build button (folder to ISO icon) below. Enter the filename for your ISO file and save it as ISO Files (*.iso). Hit Save and follow the prompts to create an ISO file of your video.

Step 3. Pop in a blank disc to the CD/DVD drive. Then head to the ISO file and right-click on it to choose Burn using ImgBurn. ImgBurn will automatically detect and fill in the source and destination information. Finally, click on the Write button (ISO to disc icon) and wait for it to burn your file into DVD.


To burn DVD with VLC alone is impossible, it still needs additional burning software to do the burning. Hope this article could be some help to you!

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