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Wed Jun 25, 2003 11:19 am

I'd like to know what a VCD is and which is the difference between a VCD and a DVD.
Many thanks in advance.

Wed Jun 25, 2003 8:06 pm


Thu Jun 26, 2003 4:55 am

A DVD (Digital Video Disc or Digital Versatile Disc) is a high-capacity optical disc containing video recordings and computer data. A DVD disc uses MPEG-2 (Motion Picture Expert Group) compression to store digital video. Because of MPEG-2 compression, one DVD disc can usually hold one full movie. DVD discs are encrypted with a highlighting feature, which highlights an active area when your mouse is moved over it. DVD discs usually have better sound and picture quality and cost more than VCD discs.

A VCD (Video Compact Disc or Video CD) is an optical disc that plays movies instead of music. VCD discs look just like a regular CD-ROM disc. A VCD disc uses MPEG-1 compression to store digital video. Because a VCD disc uses MPEG-1 instead of MPEG-2 compression, it usually takes two discs to hold one full movie. VCD discs are not encrypted, so they do not highlight active areas. VCD discs provide better sound and picture quality than VHS tapes and are less expensive than DVD discs.

Thu Jun 26, 2003 9:56 pm


Fri Jun 27, 2003 3:44 am

Uhhh, what?!

Sun Jun 29, 2003 11:21 am

More simply, vcds are simply cd[r]s with movies etc recorded onto them rather than audio, being that cdrs can only hold 80 minutes of information most movies etc have to be split over two discs. Overall the dvd has none of the restrictions a vcd has, the sound and picture quality is far better [depending on source] and with vcds you lose out on things like chapters menus, extras, sound options etc. That said, if its trading you are interested in blank cds are a fraction of the price of dvds and perfect for trading.

Hope this helps.