• Burn videos to DVD and play on Windows Media Player and other playable devices.
  • Burn video DVD with video editing features like crop/trim/subtitle/watermarks.
  • Customize video DVD menu with 100+ menu templates.
  • Additional functions including Slideshow Maker/Video Editor/DVD to DVD/DVD to Video.

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How to Burn DVD with Windows Media Player 12, 11 Easily and Safely [100% Work]

"Can Windows Media Player burn DVDs?"

"What are some ways to burn DVD with Windows Media Player?"

If you're a Windows user, Windows Media Player will not be a stranger to you. And so many users may have the same above puzzle. It is the Window's defaulted media player which also provides the facility to burn CDs and data DVDs with your DVD burner drive, Windows Media Player also could play DVD after burning. 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. Windows Media Player is your best and free way to create data DVDs/CDs, but if you want to burn video DVD to play on DVD player devices, you need the third-party software to burn videos to DVD.

Here we will introduce you 2 ways to burn a DVD, one is how to burn data DVD with Windows Media Player, the other is how to burn Windows Media Player files to a video DVD with Wondershare DVD Creator. You can also learn the differences between data DVD and video DVD, and how to play DVD on Windows Media Player 12/11.

Part 1. How to Burn Windows Media Player Files to a Video DVD [Can't Miss]

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Video Tutorial on How to Burn Video to DVD with Wondershare DVD Creator

Steps on burning videos from Windows Media Player to DVD on Windows:

Step 1 Launch Wondershare Video DVD Creator

Download and install Wondershare Video DVD Creator on your Windows PC or Mac, then open the software and choose Create a DVD Video Disc option from the main interface.

Choose to create DVD

Step 2 Import and Edit Windows Media Player Videos to DVD

A new interface under the Source tab will open, from where you can add Windows Media Player files to burn. Click the + icon on the interface and the search window will open. You are allowed to import files by directly drag and drop.

Add Windows Media Player videos to DVD

You can find all added videos as thumbnails on the left panel, click the pencil-like icon on the thumbnail to open the Video Editor window, and you can crop, trim, add watermarks, apply effects, and others to the video as you like. If you do not want to make any changes, then just skip it.

Edit slideshow videos

Step 3 Make Customization on Video DVD Menu

Go to the Menu tab and choose one DVD menu template from 100+ free menu template designs on the right panel. Click the icons upon the active window to make further customization such as changing background music/picture, editing text, creating chapters, and more others.

Customize slideshow to DVD menu

Step 4 Burn Windows Media Player Videos to DVD

You can check all your creation by clicking the Preview tab. Any adjustment is allowed by backing to previous options. Next, click the Burn tab and choose Burn to disc option, insert a blank DVD to your computer and finish Burning Settings it asked. Finally, click Burn button to burn Windows Media Player videos to DVD within a few minutes.

Note: Wondershare DVD Creator also supports burn Windows Media Player Videos to DVD on Windows 10.

Burn slideshow to DVD

Part 2. How to Burn Data DVD with Windows Media Player Directly

If you just want to write Windows Media Player files to a DVD or CD for storage purpose; simply follow the steps below to learn how to burn data DVD with 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.

Burn data DVD with Windows Media Player

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.

Part 3. How to Play DVDs with Windows Media Player

Whether it's a data or video DVD, you can use Windows Media Player to play DVD. 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:

Step 1: Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Step 2: In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting.

Step 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.

Bonus: What to Do When Windows Media Player Won't Burn a CD

Except play DVDs with Windows Media Player, Windows Media Player also could burn CDs, and many users also encounter the problems what to do when Windows Media Player won't burn a CD, here to provide more useful solution to users, we conclude the below list sulution for your puzzles:

Solution1: Tweaking Windows Media Player 11 Burn Settings

Step 1: Run Windows Media Player 11 as usual. If it is not already in the Library View mode, you can switch to this screen via the keyboard shortcut "CTRL + 1"


Step 2: Click the Tools menu tab at the top of the screen and select the Options menu item.

Step 3: Next click the Burn menu tab on the Options screen, then use the drop-down menu to choose a burn speed in the section of the Burn settings screen.

Step 4: Finally Click Apply and then OK to exit the settings screen.

Solution2: Verifying New Burn Speed Setting

Step 1: Insert the blank recordable disc into your computer's DVD/CD burner drive.

Step 2: Click the Burn menu tab near the top of the screen to switch to the disc-burning mode.

Step 3: Confirm that the type of disc to be burned is set at Audio CD, which is usually the default setting. If you need to change it from Data CD to Audio CD, click on the small down-arrow icon underneath the burn tab and choose Audio CD from the menu list.

Step 4: Add the songs or playlists that you tried unsuccessfully to burn before.

Step 5: Click the Start Burn button to begin writing the audio CD.

Part 4. 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. After the burning process completed, you can play your video DVD on any playable devices like TV and computer.

Selected the suitable way to burn a disc and choose the right DVD type as your needs. For a simple data DVD, you can burn with Windows Media Player 12 for free on Windows. But burning a video DVD, you can seek for help with Wondershare DVD Creator and play with Windows Media Player or other devices.

Christine Smith

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