How to Convert a Video CD to a DVD in Nero

by Alan Donahue

Video CDs give you the quality of a VCR, and in most cases better picture and sound, while not having the negatives like rewinding and fast forwarding to reach scenes. Unfortunately, some DVD players may not be compatible with VCDs, so they must be converted to DVD to be playable. This conversion process can be done easily through Nero's software, and the final DVD can also feature custom menus and personalized chapter selection.

1

Open "Nero Recode" software by clicking on the application link to the left side of "Nero Start Smart" and selecting "Nero Recode."

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Click the project link entitled "Recode Main Movie to Nero Digital." Even though prompts all refer to the discs as "DVDs," it reads both formats the same way.

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Click on the "Import DVD" icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Insert the VCD into your computer's drive and select from the pop-up window. Click "OK," and wait for the program to automatically load the movie content.

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Click on the drop-down menu to the right, and select "Nero Digital." Just underneath that, select "High Definition Quality" and select "DVD-5" as the target size. This will render the video specifically for burning on a DVD.

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Click on the "Next" option, and select a location to save the file. Press the "Render" icon, and wait for the file to finish rendering.

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Open the "Nero Vision" application from the list in "Nero Start Smart." Start a new DVD project by clicking on the first icon.

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Import your rendered video by right-clicking in the main project window and selecting "Import." Find the file, and press "OK." Change the title of the file by selecting the small icon to the left side of the file. This is the title that will appear on the DVD menu.

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Press the "Next" icon to edit the menu of the DVD. Double-click on the video to change the preview icon for the video. Choose a menu background from the list of options or select your own by importing it with the "Folder" icon.

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Press the "Next" icon to see a preview of the DVD. Use the remote to select the video in the menu and make sure it plays correctly.

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Insert a blank DVD into your computer drive, and press the "Next" button. Press the "Burn" icon at the bottom of the screen, and wait for the DVD to burn completely. Test the DVD in a DVD player to make sure it plays correctly.

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About the Author

Alan Donahue started writing professionally in 2003. He has been published in the Norwich Free Academy "Red & White," UNLV's "Rebel Yell" and on various websites. He is an expert on wrestling, movies and television. He placed second in the NFO Screenwriting Contest and received filmmaking awards from Manchester Community College and Norwich Free Academy. He currently attends Academy of Art University.

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