If you're a Windows user, Windows Media Player isn't strange to you. It's Window's default media player which can also burn CDs and data DVDs with your DVD burner drive. Unfortunately, DVD-video is NOT available, which means you can't burn DVDs to play on your home DVD player with Windows Media Player.
- Part 1: How to Burn Windows Media Player files to DVD-video Disc
- Part 2: How to Burn Data DVD with Windows Media Player
- Part 3: What are the differences between Data DVD and DVD-video Disc?
- Part 4: How to Play DVDs with Windows Media Player
Here I'll show you how to convert Windows Media Player files to DVD-video format and burn them to DVD disc with a single software - Wondershare DVD Creator (DVD Creator for Mac). It's as easy as 1-2-3 to burn DVD-video disc from Windows Media Player files. Now download the free trial version and install to your computer first.
Step 1. Load Windows Media Player videos to the DVD burner
After DVD Creator is installed in your computer, start it and you'll see the primary window as belows. Click the "Import" button to add Windows Media Player files on computer. Alternatively, directly drag and drop videos to the primary window. On the item tray, effortlessly add, delete and organize added Windows Media Player files.
Besides burning videos to playable DVD disc, this program also enables you to make a DVD slideshow with photos and music.
Step 2. Edit videos and slideshows
All common editing tools are provided to enhance your videos. If photos are imported together, they will form a photo slideshow automatically. Both have an "Edit" icon next to the title. Click it to open a window to edit your video or slideshow.
Step 3. Start burning Windows Media Player DVD disc
This DVD burner software helps you make DVD-video with menu. Simply choose a DVD menu and customize it with background image, music and several options. When you're satisfied with the movie, click the "Burn" button to burn DVDs off Windows Media Player. Any DVD disc types can be used as long as your DVD burner supports it, including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and double layered DVD discs.
If you just want to write Windows Media Player files to DVDs or CDs for storage purpose, do the following in Windows Media Player 12 included in Windows 7.
Step 1: Run Windows Media Player through "Start > All Programs > Windows Media Player. If the Media Player is currently open and you're in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
Step 2: In the Player Library, go to the Burn tab. Then click the Burn options button, and then click Data CD or DVD.
Step 3: Insert a blank disc into your CD or DVD burner. If the AutoPlay dialog box appears, close it. If your computer has more than one CD or DVD drive, click the drive you want to use to burn data DVD in the navigation pane.
Step 4: Find the items in your Player Library that you want to copy to the disc. Now drag items from the details pane to the list pane to create a burn list. You can drag the item up or down in the list to change the position. If you want to remove an item from the burn list, right-click the item, and then click Remove from list.
Step 5: When you're satisfied with the burn list, click Start burn. It'll take several minutes to burn your list of Windows Media Player files to DVD disc.
Data DVD is just for storage purpose, while DVD-video Disc allows you to play with any standard DVD player to watch on TV. The video and audio files on Data DVD can be easily transferred to your computer. For a DVD-video Disc, the Windows Media Player files would be first converted according to DVD-video specification and burned with a DVD burning software like Wondershare DVD Creator (DVD Creator for Mac) or other DVD maker.
Whatever it's data DVD or DVD-video, you can use Windows Media Player to play it. Actually, the disc will start playing automatically. If not, or if you want to play a disc that is already inserted, you need to open Windows Media Player, and then click the disc name in the navigation pane of the Player Library.
If you can't play DVD with Windows Media Player, you can try using the Windows Media Player DVD troubleshooter to fix some common problems. Do the following:
- Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
- In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting.
- Click View all, and then click Windows Media Player DVD.
If you get a message that says that your computer is missing a codec or that you require a DVD decoder, try installing the all-in-one codec package like K-lite Codec Pack.