How to Convert VCD to CD Using Windows Media Player

By James Clark

A video compact disc (VCD) is similar to a DVD in that both contain video and audio. However, the less expensive VCD records an image resolution far less than a regular DVD. VCD video is on par with the quality of a VHS cassette. Aside from the lower cost, a VCD can be played on most DVD players and virtually all computers equipped with a CD-ROM drive. VCDs can also be transferred to a standard CD using the rip and burn functions on Windows Media Player.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with CD burner and Windows Media Player
  • Recorded VCDs
  • Blank CDs

Step 1

Open the media tray for the computer's CD-ROM or DVD drive and insert the pre-recorded VCD to be converted to CD, then close the tray.

Step 2

Launch Windows Media Player.

Step 3

Click the "Rip CD" button at the top of the screen to copy the files on the VCD to the computer. Each file will display the message "Ripped to Library" when the copy is complete.

Step 4

Remove the VCD and replace it with a blank, recordable CD, then close the media tray.

Step 5

Start Media Player once more, then click the "Burn" tab in the upper-right corner.

Step 6

Click the "Videos" under the Library list on the left side of the screen to review the available video files. Click and hold the left mouse button to drag each file to the Burn list on the right.

Step 7

Click the "Start Burn" button in the upper-right corner below the Play button to burn the files to the CD.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the "Time Remaining" display near the bottom of the Burn list to see the available space left on the disc before adding additional files to burn.
  • Check the blank disc capacity before starting the burn to be sure the ripped VCD files will fit. Most blank CDs can record up to 700 MB of data.