Home Theater & Entertainment DVDs, DVRs & Videos What Is an MSDVD File? How to open, edit, and convert MSDVD files by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on May 15, 2020 DVDs, DVRs & Videos TV & Displays Audio DVDs, DVRs & Videos Tweet Share Email A file with the MSDVD file extension is a Windows DVD Maker Project file. It's not the actual media data that this file holds, but instead the XML content that's used describe the DVD's menu buttons, title, media files that should be included in the DVD, and more. Although not as common, some files with the MSDVD extension are in the Macro Magic Macro format. How to Open an MSDVD File MSDVD files can be opened with Windows DVD Maker. This software is included with Windows Vista and Windows 7 only. Since this kind of MSDVD file is text-based, you should be able to use any text editor to open it too, like Notepad++. The 4 Best Free Text Editors for Windows & Mac You can't burn an .MSDVD file to a disc unless you're on the same computer that was used to build the file. This is because it's the MSDVD file's data (the menus, etc.) plus the media files that it points to, that are burned to the disc, which is both needed in order for it to work that way. We don't have a download link for Magic Macro, but given that this MSDVD file is a type of macro, we can assume that any text editor might be able to open it, too. If this works, just know that you'll only be able to see the text content of the MSDVD file and not actually be able to use the macro file like it's intended to be used. You'd need the Magic Macro software to do that. If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the MSDVD file but it's the wrong application or you'd rather have another installed program open MSDVD files, try changing the file association in Windows. How to Convert an MSDVD File Since MSDVD files aren't technically video files, you can't convert one to a video format like AVI, MP4, WMV, etc. However, since MSDVD files are used within Windows DVD Maker, opening it on the same computer that created it will automatically find the actual video files that were referred to when the MSDVD file was created. At that point, you can use Windows DVD Maker software to publish the video content, and the details contained in the MSDVD file (like the DVD menu layout, etc.), to a video file. Once your MSDVD file and the related video content are saved to a video file, you can use a free video converter to convert it to a variety of other video formats. You could technically use a text editor to convert an .MSDVD file to another text-based format like TXT or HTML, but it won't be of any use other than to read the text contents. Still Can't Open the File? If your file won't open even after trying the suggestions above, there's a really good chance that you're misreading the file extension. If your file has a different extension than MSDVD, it's most likely in an entirely different format, meaning that you'll need a different program to open/edit/convert it. MSD is one example. It looks like it could be related to MSDVD files at first glance, but they're actually Map Service Definition files used by the ArcGIS software. DVD is another file extension that could be confused for MSDVD. The DVD file extension might be used for a format that's holding DVD-related information; something CloneCD might use. A "DVD file" could also just refer to DVD-related files, such as an MP4 ripped from a DVD, or a DVDRIP file. If your file doesn't actually end in ".MSDVD," research the real file extension to get more information on how you can open it, if it can be edited, and what you need on your computer to convert it to a different format.