VCD or Video CD is once a popular product for storing movies and home videos in the ‘90s. It was replaced by the DVD a long time ago, and it is now much dated. Yet, you might still hold some VCDs that carry your precious childhood memories, and you want to put that VCD content on DVDs for better preservation. Well, here is a cost-free method to help you achieve that. All you need are a free VCD to DVD converter Free HD Video Converter Factory Free HD Video Converter Factory (click to download) and a free DVD burning program DVDStyler. Now, just follow the tutorial below to convert your VCD to DVD.
Tips: VCD’s capacity is capped at 700MB while DVD can have a 4.7G capacity. That means you can put video content from several VCDs on a single DVD. And with DVDStyler, you can not only add multiple VCD videos to DVD but also make personalized DVD menus like professionals.
The whole process to convert VCD to DVD is divided into three parts. In the first part, you need to copy VCD video files, a.k.a. DAT files to your PC, which is very easy. Yet, since DVDStyler cannot recognize DAT image data, you have to convert DAT to MP4 or other common video formats before burning VCD on the new DVD. And that’s parts 2 and 3.
To perform the task, you have to prepare a computer with a disc drive and a blank DVD. When you are all set, follow the directions below to convert your VCD files to DVD.
Step 1. Inset your VCD into your computer’s disc drive.
Step 2. Open the VCD folder and go to the MPEGAV directory.
Step 3. Copy the DAT files to your local system.
Free HD Video Converter Factory is a free yet powerful video converter that can help you convert VCD DAT files to MP4, MKV, and all the other popular formats handily. Before starting, please free download free download this freeware and install it on your PC.
Tips: If you have multiple DAT files to convert, you can upgrade the software to the Pro version to activate batch conversion mode to save time. You will also unlock more amazing features in the Pro version.
Step 1. Run the software and open the Converter.
Step 2. Click + Add Files to import the DAT file(s) or you can drag and drop the DAT video(s) into the program directly.
Step 3. Click on the right-side format image to unfold the output format list. Then go to the Video tab and select your preferred profile, such as MP4 as the output format.
Step 4. Click the bottom triangle button to specify an output path or leave it as default.
Step 5. Finally, hit Run to start the conversion.
DVDStyler is a cross-platform open-source program that can help you burn VCD content on DVDs that will play on any standalone DVD player. Before starting, please free download the correct version of DVDStyler from the official site: https://www.dvdstyler.org/en/downloads.
Step 1. Insert a blank DVD into your computer’s DVD-ROM.
Step 2. Launch DVDStyler and a Welcome dialog will pop up. Fill in the information to create a new project.
Step 3. In the next window, select a template for DVD menus. Then hit OK.
Step 4. On the main interface, navigate to the File browser on the left and find the folder that stores your converted VCD files. Then, drag the needed videos into the Titleset Manager below. The bottom progress bar will show you how much the DVD space is occupied.
Step 5. Over the upper-right window, click on the elements to customize your DVD as you wish. You can see more details about how to make your DVD more dazzling at https://www.dvdstyler.org/en/documents?id=70.
Step 6. Finally, click the red Burn button on the top menu row to make a DVD from the VCD content.
That’s all for how to convert VCD to DVD on Windows for free. Hope you’ll find this article helpful. Thanks for reading!