WMP11b2 - CD and DVD Burning

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by ChugMonkey, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. ChugMonkey

    ChugMonkey Guest

    Silly question here I admit:

    If I have a DVD-RW burner up and working, should I be able to burn a "Data
    CD" to a DVD-R? Or am I stuck on CD-R & CD-RWs?

    I realize that the Help goes on and on about "CD-R or CD-RW discs", however,
    then "DVDs" is written up top. Sigh.

    From Help:
    "Burn a CD in Windows Media Player
    You can easily create your own customized CDs or DVDs using Windows Media
    Player.

    Click the Burn tab, click the arrow below the Burn tab, and then click the
    type of CD you want to burn (audio or data).

    Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into the CD burner. Or, insert a CD-RW
    disc that has files on it, and erase the contents of the disc by
    right-clicking the drive in the Navigation pane and then clicking Erase disc.
    (Erasing is required before you can burn to the disc again.)
    "

    If I'm only allowed to copy to CD-R and CD-RWs for data, that's a bummer.
    Any plans to open up data copies to DVD?

    Thanks in advance,
    :chug
     
    ChugMonkey, Sep 29, 2006
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  2. The copying to CD uses windows built in CD burning capability.

    There's no matching capability in windows for writing the DVD file
    system, which is entirely different than the simple ISO file system -
    so I think not. You'd have to use a tool like Nero instead to burn
    that data DVD.

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Oct 1, 2006
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  3. ChugMonkey

    ChugMonkey Guest

    Ah! Thanks Neil. Good info about WMP relying on Window's CD burning
    capability. That is odd and somewhat misleading for MSFT to have, "DVD", in
    the Help.
     
    ChugMonkey, Oct 2, 2006
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  4. All my machines are apart now for a house move so I can't check the
    help file till next week - but I would have thought that referred to
    reading rather than writing DVDs. Is there a specific help search you
    know of to show that part of the help file ?

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Oct 2, 2006
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  5. ChugMonkey

    ChugMonkey Guest

    Sure thing. Even easier than a search. Try this with WMP 11 Version
    11.0.5705.5043:

    1. Open WMP.
    2. Click on Help pull-down menu.
    3. From Help dialog, expand "Burning your own CDs".
    4. Click on "Burn a CD".
    5. The following is the "preliminary documentation subject to change" under
    that title:
    <snip>
    Burn a CD in Windows Media Player
    You can easily create your own customized CDs or DVDs using Windows Media
    Player.

    Click the Burn tab, click the arrow below the Burn tab, and then click the
    type of CD you want to burn (audio or data).

    Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into the CD burner. Or, insert a CD-RW
    disc that has files on it, and erase the contents of the disc by
    right-clicking the drive in the Navigation pane and then clicking Erase disc.
    (Erasing is required before you can burn to the disc again.)
    </snip>

    Please note "DVDs" in the first line and then the subsequent limit of "CD-R"
    or "CD-RW".

    Also from the "Burn FAQ":
    <snip>
    What can I burn?
    You can use the Player to burn a mix of songs from your Player library or
    computer to an audio CD, after which you can play the CD in any standard CD
    player. You can also burn files to data CDs and DVDs. It is not possible to
    burn live streams, such as radio stations, to a CD or DVD.

    What types of CDs can I burn?
    You can use either a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc for burning in the Player,
    depending on the type(s) of removable storage that your CD burner supports,
    and the type of disc that you prefer. Note that not all CD players can play
    CD-RW discs. You can use the Player to burn the following types of CDs:

    Audio CD. Burn music CDs in standard Red Book audio format. Audio CDs can be
    played in most computers and in home and car CD players that play CD-R and
    CD-RW discs. You can burn an audio CD from either Windows Media Audio (WMA),
    MP3, or WAV file formats.

    Data CD. A data CD, also called a media CD, can store approximately 700
    megabytes (MB) of music or video files. Data CDs are also useful if you want
    to back up your data files. Keep in mind, however, that some CD players and
    computers may not be able to play data CDs or to play some of the file types
    that can be burned to a data CD.

    </snip>
     
    ChugMonkey, Oct 2, 2006
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    groovygranny Guest

    I want to erase a CD-RW disc but don't know where the Navigation pane is .Can
    anyone tell me how to do it
     
    groovygranny, Dec 6, 2007
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  7. As far as I know, WMP (Windows Media Player) can not do that. I did it
    with the Roxio Creator Basic CD[/DVD]-writing software which came with my
    system. Other CD/DVD writing software such as Nero has similar
    functionality.
     
    Frank Slootweg, Dec 6, 2007
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  8. ChugMonkey

    Dj Dv8 Guest

    Openj up 'My Computer' Right click your cd drive that has the cd rw in it
    and click 'open', then on the left hand panel at the top select 'Erase This
    CD-RW'

    This is the simplest and fastest way i use.
     
    Dj Dv8, Dec 7, 2007
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  9. Thanks! While I'm not the original questioner (groovygranny), it's
    always nice to know another/the_normal way. Because I have Roxio, I had
    not looked in much detail. I only checked right-click Properties, but
    not Open.

    BTW, if there is a re-writable disc in the drive, the right-click menu
    already has an "Erase this disc" choice, i.e. you don't have to do an
    "Open" first. But if there is no disc in the drive or it is not
    re-writable, both "Erase this disc" choices are absent. That may have been
    another reason why I missed it the first time.
     
    Frank Slootweg, Dec 7, 2007
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