How to Burn DVD with Windows Media Player 11,12

If you're a Windows user, Windows Media Player will not be a stranger to you. It's the Window's defaulted media player which also provides the facility to burn CDs and data DVDs with your DVD burner drive. Unfortunately, the option to burn a video DVD 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 a Video DVD

Here I'll show you how to convert Windows Media Player files to a video DVD format and then burn them to a DVD disc with a single software; the Wondershare DVD Creator (DVD Creator for Mac). It's as easy as 1-2-3 to burn a video DVD from Windows Media Player files. You'll need to download the trial version and install to your computer first.

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Step 1. Load Windows Media Player videos to the DVD burner

After DVD Creator is installed in your computer, launch it and you'll see the primary window as below. Click the Import button to add Windows Media Player files onto the program. Alternatively, drag-and-drop videos directly onto the interface. You can effortlessly add, delete or organize added Windows Media Player files that's on the item's tray that's on the left-hand side of the interface. Besides burning videos to a playable DVD disc, this program also enables you to make a DVD slideshow with your collection of photos and music.

Windows Media Player to dvd importing

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 the editing window of your video or slideshow.

Windows Media Player to dvd editing

Step 3. Start burning Windows Media Player DVD disc

This DVD burner software helps you to make a video DVD that's completed with a menu. Simply choose a menu and customize it with a background image, music and several other options. When you're satisfied with the movie, click the Burn button to burn DVDs off Windows Media Player. There's not restriction on DVD disc types as long as your DVD burner supports them, including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and double-layered DVD discs.

Windows Media Player dvd burning

Part 2: How to Burn Data DVD with Windows Media Player

If you just want to write Windows Media Player files to a DVD or CD for storage purpose; simply follow the steps below in your Windows Media Player 12 that's included in the 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's library, go to the Burn tab. Then click the Burn Options button and then click Data CD or DVD.

Windows Media Player to dvd editing

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 the data DVD in the navigation pane.

Step 4: Find the items in your player's 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 in order to change the item's 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 to burn. It'll take several minutes to burn your list of Windows Media Player files to a DVD disc.

Part 3: What are the Differences Between a Data DVD and a Video DVD

A data DVD is just for storage purpose while a video DVD allows you to playback and watch it's content with any standard DVD player on the TV. The video and audio files on a data DVD can be easily transferred to your computer. As for a video DVD, the Windows Media Player files need to be converted according to the video DVD's specification and burned with a DVD burning software similar to the Wondershare DVD Creator (DVD Creator for Mac).

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Part 4: How to Play DVDs with Windows Media Player

Whether it's a data or video DVD, you can use Windows Media Player to play it. Actually, the disc will start playing automatically. If it doesn't or if you'll like to play a disc that has already been inserted; you'll need to open Windows Media Player and then click the disc's name in the navigation pane of the player's library.

If you can't playback the DVD with Windows Media Player, you can try using the Windows Media Player's DVD troubleshooter to fix some of common problems as listed in the following:

  1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting.
  3. 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'll need a DVD decoder, try installing the all-in-one codec package like K-lite Codec Pack. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact our Support's team.

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