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What is a vcd?


It is simply a video compact disc (CD) that contains video and audio - moving pictures and sound.  It is capable of holding up to 74 minutes of full-motion video with quality stereo sound.  VCD uses the MPEG-1 standard to store video and audio in a high density form.   As opposed to DVD that utilizes the MPEG-2. This ensures full compatibility with a wide range of devices.  It is a worldwide,  standards independent format endorsed by Sony, Philips, Matsushita and JVC.   To learn more, click here.

The
really cool thing about a VCD is that you can run it on a variety of different platforms including personal computers and laptops/notebooks (both PC & Mac), DVD players, stand-alone VCD players, televisions, and game boxes (e.g. Playstations) and multimedia boxes.   


What is a video cd used for?

where can i buy vcdThe most common application of VideoCD has been for playing movies and music videos. With the release of VideoCD 2.0 specification, the format is enjoying greatly expanded popularity. VideoCD 2.0 provides full interactivity via remote control, making the format appealing for a wide range of multimedia applications.  It has gained rapid acceptance for its ability to deliver high quality, full-motion digital video cheaply. However, be aware of the existence of bootlegged / pirated VCDs. You can shop comfortably at VCD Gallery and rest assured that all our VCDs are original and legal merchandise.


Are vcds any good?

  • VideoCD provides random access search.  This means that, you can quickly find that scene where Keanu Reeves dodges those bullets in The Matrix.  

  • There is no deterioration or degradation of picture quality over time, even when you watch Jennifer Lopez over & over again.

  • The discs are not bulky making them easy to store anywhere, even under your pillow.

  • They do not have regional lock codes like the DVD, so you can buy VCDs from us and play them anywhere whether you live in Alaska or Zimbabwe. 

  • They're also much cheaper when compared to a DVD or even a VHS.

  • The video quality that you can expect from a VCD is comparable or better than VHS. Audio is usually Dolby Digital Surround.

  • You also get some rare releases on VCDs that has not been released on DVDs like Star Wars thanks to George Lucas.

How do I play a vcd?

  • All Personal Computers - both PC & Mac with CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs, a sound card and a good graphics card.
    PC requires MPEG capable software. We recommend
    Video Player or Windows Media Player which you can download for free from Microsoft's site.  More software players here

    Mac requires Quicktime and/or SpeedTools
    Another downloadable player for the Mac is MacVCD. (Now available Mac 2.0) 

  • VCD players; i.e. stand-alone vcd players.

  • DVD players; most DVD players are Video CD compatible

  • Game Consoles (e.g.
    Playstation
    requires an inexpensive add-on Redant Movie Card .
    For Dreamcast get the Dream VCD Player & Remote control set
    For Nintendo 64 get the Doctor V64 (256M version)
    These are inexpensive add-ons that will enable you to watch VCD movies throurgh your machines
    Also some Saturn Consoles & 3DO Game Consoles are compatible provided you get an add-on movie card. Contact your favorite game console dealer. (There are currently no add-on movie cards available for the Playstation 2.)

  • Some Philips CD-I Players (all the information you need can be found here.)

  • Some Laser Disc Players

 

About NTSC & PAL...
This is not as confusing as you may think. Basically, there are two TV video standards, NTSC and PAL. NTSC is used in North America & Japan. PAL is common in Europe, Asia & almost everywhere else in the world. (France & former communist-bloc countries use SECAM; Brazil utilizes PALM).

Most hardware devices (DVD or VCD players) that play PAL video resolution on a NTSC monitor correctly will cut 24 lines of resolution from the top and bottom of a PAL image. Almost all our VCDs are in PAL resolution. This is usually not an issue, because not much details are lost by such truncation.
Note : NTSC has 352 x 240 video resolution and PAL's video resolution is 352 x 288. However, the PAL to NTSC video conversion / truncation problem does not exist when viewed on a PC monitor as the PC is able to display the whole image. Most TVs and DVD players are multisync now. Therefore,they can play both NTSC & PAL format. Thus you should not have any problems playing PAL VCDs on these players.

Optional Accessory for NTSC-only systems:
TV Video System Converter (NTSC --> PAL);

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