VCD  vs  SVCD  vs  DVD

Before the advent of DVD burners, computer users could still burn movies onto CD's using either VCD or SVCD format.  Few people work with VCD or SVCD anymore, since DVD recordable discs are now ubiquitous - but here is a brief synopsis of what they are.

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NOTE:  you can also use CucuSoft to quickly convert your video clip to a DVD-compliant MPEG-2 file, and then use any DVD editor and burner to create a DVD and burn it.

*** to create VCD or SVCD with full menus, try VCDeasy

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VCD  -  Video CD SVCD - Super Video CD DVD  - Digital Versatile Disc
NTSC:
Horizontal width: 352
Vertical height: 240
Frames per second: 29.97
Color depth: 24 or 32 bits

PAL:
Horizontal width: 352
Vertical height: 288
Frames per second: 25
Color depth: 24 or 32 bits
NTSC:
Horizontal width: 480
Vertical height: 480
Frames per second: 29.97
Color depth: 24 or 32 bits

PAL:
Horizontal width: 480
Vertical height: 576
Frames per second: 25
Color depth: 24 or 32 bits
NTSC:
Horizontal width: 720
Vertical height: 480
Frames per second: 29.97
Color depth: 24 or 32 bits

PAL:
Horizontal width: 720
Vertical height: 576
Frames per second: 25
Color depth: 24 or 32 bits

 

How to Play VCD or SVCD on your Standalone DVD Player

Many DVD players support both VCDE and SVCD. 

Insert the VCD,SVCD or DVD in your DVD Player and hit Play if the movie doesn't start automatically.

If you want menus and still images in VCDs or SVCDs you should turn on PBC, refer your DVD Players manual for more information how to do that (usually enabled by start the VCD,SVCD by pressing the Play-button on your remote).

If you want the "display time" on your DVD Player turn off PBC (usually by start the VCD, SVCD by pressing the 1-button on your remote).

Whether a VCD/SVCD will autorun/auto play or not on a standalone player is hardware dependent. It depends completely on the player. There is nothing that you can do to the VCD/SVCD itself to make it autorun or not. Some players will autorun all VCDs/SVCDs and some not.

New! If you don't get any audio when you play your homemade DVD be sure to test to set the audio output to PCM in your DVD Player settings.

Remember also to check what formats your DVD Players supports in our DVD Players compabilitiy list. If your video source is DivX you must convert it to VCD,SVCD or DVD first, read more here or have a DVD Player with MPEG4 support.

How to play a VCD on your Computer

You can play VCDs with Windows Media Player, insert the VCD in your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and browse to the MPEGAV folder and double click on the .dat file and associate it with Media Player and open them with that. To play a VCD with menus and still pictures use WinDVD or PowerDVD, insert the VCD and just hit Play. Use a low resolution, like 640x480, on the monitor when watching a VCD to get best quality.

How to play an SVCD on your Computer

To play a SVCD you need a software DVD Player, insert the SVCD in your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and open the .mpg file in the MPEG2 or MPEGAV folder with any player like PowerDVD or WinDVD. Or if you wanna access SVCD menus and still pictures use WinDVD and insert the SVCD in your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and hit Play. 

NOTE:  SVCD uses MPEG2, and MPEG2 files are tough to play !!  To play MPEG2/SVCD with Windows Media Player you need a software DVD Player installed or a MPEG2 Codec. But note that playing a SVCD directly from a CD usually don't work well with Windows Media Player and Media Player can also cause audio sync problems and wrong aspect ratios(it depends on what kind of mpeg2 codec or dvd player you have installed).

If you have problem playing SVCD on your computer try different video player software, in Windows try WinDVD or PowerDVD. If that does not help, extract the video to your HD with ISObuster as shown here.