VLC Media Player itself does not have the capability to burn audio CDs directly. VLC is primarily a media player and streaming media server, known for its ability to play a wide range of video and audio formats, but it doesn’t include CD or DVD burning features.
To burn an audio CD, you would typically use dedicated CD/DVD burning software. However, you can use VLC to convert audio files to a suitable format (like MP3 or WAV) before burning them to a CD with another program. Here’s a general guide on how to do this:
Step 1: Convert Audio Files Using VLC
- Open VLC Media Player.
- Go to Media > Convert/Save in the menu.
- Add the audio files you want to convert by clicking the “Add” button.
- Click “Convert/Save.”
- Under “Settings,” choose the desired format for your audio files (like MP3 or WAV, which are commonly used for audio CDs).
- Choose a destination file and filename for each converted file.
- Click “Start” to begin the conversion process.
Step 2: Burn the Converted Files to a CD
Once you have your audio files in the correct format, you can use CD burning software to create your audio CD:
- Insert a blank CD into your computer’s CD/DVD drive.
- Open a CD burning program. Windows and macOS have built-in CD burning features, or you can use third-party software like CDBurnerXP, BurnAware Free, or Roxio Creator.
- Create a new Audio CD project in the software.
- Add your converted audio files to the project.
- Arrange the tracks in the order you want them to play.
- Start the burning process according to the software’s instructions.
- Make sure the blank CD you’re using is compatible with your CD player. Most players work with CD-R discs.
- The total length of your audio files should not exceed the capacity of the CD, which is typically 74 or 80 minutes.
- Some older CD players might not play CDs burned at higher speeds, so consider burning the CD at a lower speed (like 4x or 8x) for better compatibility.
- Remember to finalize the CD if required. This process makes the CD readable by other devices.
Burning an audio CD is a straightforward process once you have your audio files ready. While VLC can’t burn CDs directly, it’s a useful tool for preparing your audio files for burning.