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Will the Toshiba SD-500E play SVCDs

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Jon Weaver, Mar 6, 2001.

  1. Jon Weaver

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    I just noticed that the SD-500E is listed as playing VCDs, but not SVCDs.. To be honest, all players play SVCDs, but I just wanted to check.

    Anyone ever tried?
     
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    All players may play SVCD but surely not in SVCD resolution then.
    May I ask why you are so interested in SVCD?

    If you burn yourself ensure your player of choice is CD-R/W compatible!
     
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    Well, I can't stand putting my DV footage on VHS and don't like using my mini-DV camcorder for playback.

    I have just bought a new PC and FireWire card.

    Then I started messing with editing.

    I found it was really simple to make VCDs, but they were really unimpressive.. Which is why I never worried about VCD playback on my 709 before.

    But, then I started experimenting with MPEG2 SVCDs.

    There is a huge difference!. The quality is excelent.. By far better than VCD.. Its so much easier to knock up a nicely editied SVCD, then a poor VHS copy...

    I really like the idea now of having my Home Video footage on CD..

    Thats why I want CDR/SVCD support...
     
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    Reiner..

    When you say 'Surely not in SVCD resolution', I ask why not?

    SVCD resolution is still pretty low.. No better than DVD.

    Infact SVCD and DVD are both MPEG2, so there is no reason why SVCD can't be played at full res!
     
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    Floyd,

    VCDHELP doesn't list it.. But, it doesn't list any of the new(ish) Toshes...

    I suspect that they do play SVCDs, but VCD helper doesn't have any info on then.. Atleast, I hope they do..

     
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    Good question, Jon, you caught me on that one ... [​IMG]

    I guess the player won't recognize the format or perhaps the hard-/firmware must support it, too.
    I live in Asia where VCD (not DVD) players are very common, the latest models supporting SVCD as specified on the box / in the manual.
    So I assumed that normal VCD players (MPEG-1) and DVD players will not support SVCD (MPEG-2) by itself.
    Haven't actually seen some proper SVCD to try it out, normal VCDs are the most popular format here (and sell bloddy cheap, pirated ones for around GPB1 only).
     
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    To be honest, most players I have encountered do play SVCDs.. Even those who say that don't (i.e. Samsung 709).

    The biggest problem is CDR compatability.

    I guess the support is easy, as its a VCD format using DVD (MPEG2) compression.. So, all the hardware is in place..

    I am 90% sure that it will.. My problem is that i am specifically upgrading for CDR/SVCD support and would be gutted if it doesn't work!
     
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    Tried a SVCD on a Toshiba SD-200E and was told 'Disk Error'.... Its not looking good.

    This is worrying as most (all) DVD players I have looked at before (even the budget ones) play SVCDs..

    I need to find someone/somewhere where I can look/test a 500 for myself.
     

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