How to Easily Burn VCD to DVD
This post provides detailed guide on how you can easily and quickly burn video and audio files on VCD to DVD to enable you to save and play your favorite films.
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What is VCD?
Video Compact Disc (VCD) is one of the many optical discs used in the storage of audio and video files.
It is a home video format used before the advent of DVD and Blu-ray used for the distribution of films on standard 120 mm (4.7in) optical disc.
VCD is coded to hold about 80 minutes of audio and video data files with maximum of 800 MB/80 minutes of video. The basic use is for the storage of audio and video files.
VCD was developed by Philips, Sony, Panasonic, JVC with an extension of SVCD and was released in 1993.
It is one of the standard digital data formats for storing videos or audios in a compact disc and is playable in most DVD players, computers, and some video game consoles.
On the other hand is the Digital Video Disc which is more recent compared to VCD and SVCD.
It features more additions with more capacity to hold larger amount of data compared to VCD.
While a standard VCD can take up to 800MB worth of audio/video file, DVD on the other hand can take about 4.7GB worth of audio/video file.
With this, you can see why DVD is more preferred to VCD in this era.
With its capacity to store more data in comparison to VCD, it only makes sense that DVD can store more High Definition (HD) videos which is the technology that is obtainable in the digital world right now.
So, let’s draw a little summary on the difference between DVD and VCD:
- DVD is a more recent technology compared to VCD or SVCD.
- VCD can be played on many players, including DVD players but DVD cannot be played on a VCD player.
- DVD has more storage capacity than VCD (4.7GB compared to 800MB in VCD).
- DVD accommodates better video quality more than the VCD e.g. High Definition videos.
- DVD facilitates more features than VCD.
With the comparison above, it is no surprise that many people are switching to the use of DVD in storing their audio and video files.
The capacity and the quality of DVD make it a more preferred option compared to VCD.
However, there are many people out there that might have some important videos or audio they have stored in VCD which they may wish to convert or burn to DVD, hence the essence of this tutorial.
This tutorial will focus on how you can burn your VCD files to DVD and still enjoy the original quality of the audio/video file.
First of all, what are the tools you need for this job? You will need the following tools:
- A good computer using either Windows or Mac Operating System
- A good burner e.g. Wondershare
- VCD containing the video or audio file
- Blank DVD (DVD-R or DVD-RW can also serve)
- And of course this tutorial.
So if you have those tools with you, you are good to go. So here are the steps to burn your VCD files to DVD:
Steps to Easily Burn VCD files to DVD
- Download your burning software program
For this tutorial, we recommend Wondershare Video Converter. There are other software programs you can use, but for this tutorial, Wondershare has been chosen because it works so well with many versions of Windows and Mac Operating System.
You can log in to the official website of Wondershare and download the latest version for a wonderful burning experience.
When you are done downloading and installing Wondershare Video Converter, launch it to start up the program.
- Insert your blank DVD
You can still choose between DVD-R and DVD-RW for this job. Whichever one you want to work with is okay.
So, slot it into your computer’s DVD drive and go back to the program for the next step.
- Load the VCD files to the burner
Note that VCD files have .DAT as their extension. So load the DAT files into the Wondershare burner.
To do this, click on the “Burner” tab found on the main interface and click on the “Add” button.
This opens up some directories where you can locate the files and add to the interface. You can also use the drag option to load the files to the interface.
- Select your preferred DVD template
This is done after you have loaded the files you want to burn. You browse and select your desired templates using the left and right arrow key.
You can also add some background music and image using the “Edit” button.
Select the theme, template, and other tweaks and continue.
- Convert to DVD
This is the point you can add further tweaks before you click the “Burn” button.
So, fix the tweaks and click on the “Burn” to start the burning process.
You may have to spare some minutes for this process to be completed.
This post has revealed the processes you can apply to quickly and easily burn VCD to DVD.
With the right tools, especially the right burner like Wondershare used in this tutorial, you are sure to get maximum result for your burning job.