How to burn a VCD from a digital camcorder : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread

I recently won a camcorder that includes a "burn VCD" function. Unfortunately it does not support a "burn DVD" function. In any case, I tried this function by connecting the camcorder to my PC, put in a CD-R to the CD burner drive, and tried the "Burn VCD" function. On the camcorder it said everything completed normally, but took an incredibly long time.

I ended up with a CD, but have no idea of how to play it either on the PC, Television, or in a DVD player. Couple of questions, do I have to use a special media called a video CD for the burn? Is that the same as a regular 700 Mb CD-R or CD-RW?

Do I need special software now that I have a CD with stuff burned on it?

Is there a way in future to convert these movies burned as VCD to DVD or PC playable files?

Can I copy VCD files from the burnt CD onto the computer, or another mapped drive and play them from there.

Sorry for the stupid questions, Just I am completely lost with this. JS.

-- J. Spitfire (, July 21, 2004


You have a lot of reasonable questions, although I would like to politely suggest that maybe you should have done a web search on VCD before starting this. VCD is a very old video format. It was the first format for putting digital video on CD discs. Normal CD-R or CD-RW discs are fine, but standalone DVD players may or may not play the discs you make depending on whether they support burnable media or VCD format itself. can answer most or all of your questions.

-- Root (root@yahoo.moc), July 21, 2004.

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