A VCD (video compact disc) contains audio and video data files for playback in the same way as a DVD, but without the same level of image resolution and sound quality. The MPEG-format video resolution on a VCD is similar to a VHS cassette tape. VCDs will play on computers with a CD-ROM drive and most DVD players. Video files can be burnt to a VCD using Windows Media Player, which is the default software program on Microsoft operating systems for playback and recording of CDs. If you don't have a DVD burner but want to make video discs, burning VCDs is a viable solution.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Blank VCDs
- Computer running Windows
- CD burner.
Insert a blank VCD in the computer's CD-ROM tray and close the tray. Windows Media Player should start automatically. If it doesn't, click the "Start" or Microsoft Flag button in the lower left corner to select "All Programs," then double click on Windows Media Player.
Click the "Burn" tab, which is the centre tab in the upper right corner of the software.
Click "Videos" from the list on the left side of the screen to open a folder containing all video files stored on the computer.
Choose videos to burn on the VCD by clicking and holding the left mouse button on each title and dragging it to the Burn list. A display at the bottom of the Burn list shows the remaining time available to add more videos.
Click the "Burn" button in the lower right corner to copy the videos to the disc.
Tips and warnings
- Press and hold the CTRL (Control) key to select multiple files at a time for dragging to the Burn list.
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