How to Convert VCD to CD Using Windows Media Player

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.

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Transfer VCDs to CD with Windows Media Player.

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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.

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Launch Windows Media Player.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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