How to make a picture CD that plays on a DVD player

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How to make a picture CD that plays on a DVD player
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There used to be a time when, if you wanted to show your vacation photos to several people simultaneously, you had to convert all your photos to slides and run them through a slide projector. With the advent of digital technology, however, that is no longer the case. You can take photos with a digital camera, download those pictures to a computer, and make a photo CD that can play on many types of machines, including some DVD players. However, there are a few difficulties that may arise when making photo CDs for play specifically on a DVD player. Fortunately, those difficulties are not that hard to work through, once you know what you're doing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer with CD/DVD burner
  • Blank CD
  • Photos you wish to burn to a CD
  • CD burning program
  • Image converter program (may be optional)

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  1. 1

    Turn on your computer and locate the pictures you wish to burn to the CD. Go through them and check their extensions (.gif, .Jpeg, .PNG, etc.). If the photos are all in the Jpeg form, a DVD player will be able to display them without a problem. If there are other picture formats, such as a GIF or a PNG photo, you will need to convert them to Jpeg before continuing.

  2. 2

    Use an image converter to convert any non-jpeg photos to jpegs. See Resources for more information and links to free image converters.

  3. 3

    Start up your preferred CD burning program. The more popular programs include IMGburn, MagicISO and Ahead Nero.

  4. 4

    Choose to create a new data CD.

  5. 5

    Add your photos to the data CD waiting to be burnt, and then start the burning process. Once the CD is finished burning, the photos will be viewable in any DVD player that supports picture viewing.

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