How to Convert WMV File to Video CD


You can convert, or "burn," a .wmv file to video CD using any computer that has a DVD-RW drive. (The "RW" stands for "read and write," meaning your computer is capable of adding new data to discs.) This option comes in handy when you want to view a .wmv file somewhere besides your computer, such as your home DVD player or a portable media player. Video CDs also make great gifts.

Things You'll Need

  • .wmv file(s) on your hard drive
  • Media management program capable of "burning" data to discs, such as Windows Media Player
  • Computer with a DVD-RW drive
  • Blank CD or one with enough free space to store a video file
  • Select a program for converting your .wmv file to video CD. Most media management programs are capable of doing this. We will use Windows Media Player, as the .wmv format is native to Windows.

  • Launch Windows Media Player.

  • Click "Videos" in the left column to display your videos. If the .wmv file you wish to convert to video CD appears in the main window, go on to Step 4. If the video you wish to convert is not displayed, add it to the Library by selecting "File > Manage libraries > Videos" and adding the folder containing the .wmv file you wish to convert.

  • Select "Burn" at upper right.

  • Drag the .wmv file you wish to convert into the "Burn list" column at right.

  • Insert a blank CD into the DVD-RW carriage on your computer.

  • Click "Burn." Windows Media Player will convert your .wmv file to video CD and eject the disc when the conversion is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can access more burn options via the small icon at upper right of the burn list window in Windows Media Player. Click the icon and select "More burn options..." There you may adjust burn speed, volume leveling, whether the CD ejects upon burn completion, or more.

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