Burning Sermons to CD With Windows Media Player

Do you want to listen to these sermons in your car? Or, better yet, share them with your friends? Here are some instructions that will help you put them on CD-ROM.

These instructions make a few assumptions. First, that you are using Windows XP. This may work for other versions of Windows, but we have only done this on Windows XP. Second, we are assuming that you have a recent version of Windows Media Player that can burn CDs.

These instructions use Windows Media Player version 10. We chose Windows Media Player because it is the default audio player on Windows and because it is usually installed as a part of the Windows operating system. You can download Windows Media Player 10

HERE . If you have a different version, the procedure may vary slightly from these instructions.


What Do I Need?

We assume that you have the following items:

  • Computer with CD-ROM burner: most modern computers come with a CD-ROM drive that can burn CDs.
  • Blank CD-R disk (not CD-RW): Most normal CD players can read CD-R media. Some can read CD-RW, but most cannot.
  • Internet connection to download the sermon audio file: If you're reading this page online, you already have this. ;)

Step 1: Download the Sermon Audio File

(1a)  Before you can burn the sermon to CD-ROM, you must download the sermon audio file. This can be accomplished by clicking on the «DL» option on the Sermons page.

Download Link on DoActs238.org Sermons Page

(1b)  When you click this link, your web browser should prompt you to download the file. We are using Internet Explorer in this example.

IE File Download Dialog

(1c)  Click the "Save" button. The browser will open a "Save As" dialog to prompt you for a folder in which to save the sermon file.

Save As Dialog

(1d)  A typical place to store audio files is in your "My Music" folder under "My Documents". To go here, click the "My Documents" icon on the left of the "Save As" dialog. The "My Music" folder should be listed in the list of files and folders. When you find it, double-click it. You are now ready to press the "Save" button on the "Save As" dialog.

The file will start downloading and a progress window will inform you of the progress. If you have a slow Internet connection, you can take a break and come back later.

IE File Download Dialog

When the file download is finished, the "Download Complete" dialog will be shown.

IE File Download Complete Dialog

(1e)  When the download is complete, we need to access the sermon audio file. To do this, click the "Open Folder" button on the "Download Complete" dialog. A Windows Explorer window will open showing the contents of your "My Music" folder (or whatever download folder you chose earlier).

Windows Explorer Folder Dialog


Step 2: Add Sermon File to Windows Media Player Burn List

(2a)  When the download is complete, we need to access the sermon audio file. To do this, click the "Open Folder" button on the "Download Complete" dialog. A Windows Explorer window will open showing the contents of your "My Music" folder (or whatever download folder you chose earlier).

Windows Explorer Folder Dialog

(2a)  Now you need to start up Windows Media Player. This is usually done using the Start menu. Click the Start Menu and then "App Programs" and then "Windows Media Player".

Windows Media Player will open, but it may open in "Skin Mode" and not "Full Mode". Skin mode just makes it look fancy. Full mode looks something like the following.

Windows Media Player Window

If you are not in Full mode, try pressing Ctrl+1 (hold down the Ctrl key and press the 1 key at the same time), or you can right click on it and specify "Switch to Full Mode". Once in Full mode, click on the "Burn" tab.

(2b)  Next, you must add the sermon audio file to Windows Media Player's burn list. The burn list is the left most section on the burn tab. The easiest way to do this is to "drag" the sermon audio file from Windows Explorer to the Windows Media Player's burn list.

You may need to reposition the windows so that you can see both Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player.

Dragging the File to the Burn List

To drag the file, select the file in Windows Explorer, but hold the left mouse button down. Then, with the button down, move the mose pointer over the burn list area of Windows Media Player and release the mouse button. The file should now display in the burn list.

NOTE: You can drag multiple files into the burn list. This will add multiple sermons to the CD-ROM. However, you cannot exceed the capacity of the CD-ROM (70-80 minutes, it will probably say on your disc). Depending of the length of the sermons, you may be able to get two sermons on a CD, but probably not three.


Step 3: Tell Windows Media Player To Start Burning the CD-ROM

(3a)  Now that Windows Media Player knows what to burn, just press the "Start Burn" button.

Burning

Windows Media Player will keep you informed of the burn progress. When everything it finished, it will pop out the CD. The process may take quite a while (10 or 20 minutes) depending on the speed of your CD-ROM burner and your media.

Your done!