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Playing SVCD

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by waylander, May 16, 2002.

  1. waylander

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    I have purchased a couple of SVCD's and have trouble playing them on my pc, is there a particular media player suitable for them.
     
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    PowerDVD reckons it can play VCDs as well as DVDs....

    "PowerDVD allows you to play practically anything with digital content, and this includes VCD formats (Video CD and Super Video CD) or audio CD. Of course, because of VCD/SVCD's inherent limitations, it will not be able to fully utilize all DVD functions.

    Keep in mind that SVCD is relatively a new format, and like VCD, the authoring will be different title from title."

    http://www.gocyberlink.com/
     
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    The Elecard media player handles the format with no problems.
    I assume the discs are "pirates" since SVCD is not an official format and even DVD players that support it do not say so in their manuals.

    http://www.elecard.com/
     
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    SVCD is an official format and I believe you can buy legal versions of some films in the far east. It was developed by the Chinese to avoid the DVD licence royalties. The problem is that you need lots of CDs for a film.

    See http://www.uwasa.fi/~f76998/video/svcd/overview/

    I'm using the format for my home videos to play on my DVD. Lots of the cheap Chinese players boast of playing the format.

    To play on a PC you need DVD software as the MPEG2 codec is licenced. I don't think there any free players, but I could be wrong.

    Steve
     
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    SVCD is an official format and I believe you can buy legal versions of some films in the far east.

    Correct. It basically used MPEG-2 compression instead of MPEG-1 (VCDs) for video, thus you can benefit from a higher resolution.
    Quite suitable for camcorder footage / backups.
     

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