What is Video cd exactly?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Pollywoggle, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Pollywoggle

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    I am probably thick for asking this but my son has just returned from Hong Kong and brought back various dvds etc including some films that are VCD.
    Plays ok in my Denon 2900 showing PCB in the display, quality not brilliant but watchable.
    Not having come across this format, can you tell me what it is exactly and is it still commonly on sale?
     
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    VideoCDs never really took off in this country. It is basically what is says on the tin - Video on a CD. Encoded in MPEG1 (SVCDs are MPEG2) hence the quality. Many DVD players, even here, support them.
     
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    Just to add a little. VCD's have a resolution of only 352 x 288, like the EP mode of a DVD recorder. The VCD standard uses fixed bit rate mpeg-1 (1150 kbps), which squeezes nearly 90 minutes on a single CD. These days, as Raszcak pointed out, just about every DVD player will claim to play VCD's.

    There is also SVCD, which is mpeg-2, 480 x 576. Before the advent of recordable DVD's, SVCD was useful for home movies, with very good picture quality up to about 1 hour per CD. Sadly though, not many players will play these. (In particular, my Panny E85 won't, to my annoyance.)
     

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