How to Play VCD Files

By Tammy Clevenger

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VCD files are video CD format-and-enable video and audio data to be captured and saved to a CD. Many DVD players play VCDs. When purchasing a DVD player, seek out players that support the VCD format. To watch a VCD file on a computer, use the Video LAN Client (VLC) video player. VLC is a free, versatile video player well known for playing all types of video files. Because the player is free, it is a favorite for anyone who watches video on his or her computer screen.

Download the VLC player from the Video LAN website, if needed. Other media players might be compatible with the VCD format as well.

Install the VLC application. Follow the prompts. A reboot of the computer is not needed to complete the installation.

Click "File" and "Open" from the top navigation bar of the player. Navigate to the VCD file to open in the player. Click "OK" to open the file.

The movie should begin playing right away. If the VCD does not begin to play, the file might be corrupt or contain bad data.

Right click on the player window and click "Full Screen Mode" from the context menu for full-screen viewing.