What's a VCD?

VCD stands for 'Video Compact Disc' and basically it is a CD that contains moving pictures and sound. If you're familiar with regular audio/music CDs, then you will know what a VCD looks like. A VCD has the capacity to hold up to 74/80 minutes (on 650MB/700MB CDs respectively) of full-motion video along with quality stereo sound. VCDs use a compression standard called MPEG to store the video and audio. 

A VCD can be played on almost all stand alone DVD Players and of course on all computers with a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive with the help of a software based decoder / player. The quality of a VCD is about the same, but usually better than VHS tape based Movies.

A VCD can be played on

- Stand alone VCD Players (very common in Asia and Europe).
- Almost all stand alone DVD Players.
- Playstations with VCD-addon.
- Sega Saturn with VCD-addon.
- Dreamcast with VCD-addon.
- And of course on all computers with a CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs. 

 Technical Info

VCDs are in two format, NTSC and PAL (and a third one also, NTSC Film but that is almost never used).

Video:
VCD
SVCD
DVD
X(S)VCD
DivX
ASF
SMR/nAVI
RM
DV
Resolution PAL
NTSC
352x240
352x288
480x480
480x576
720x480
720x576
720x480
720x576 or lower
640x480 or lower 320x240 or lower 320x240 or lower 320x240 or lower 720x480
720x576
Video Compression
MPEG1
MPEG2
MPEG2
MPEG1 or
MPEG2
MPEG4
MPEG4
MPEG4
RM
DV
Audio Compression
MPEG1
MPEG1
MPEG2, AC3 MPEG1 MP3, WMA MPEG4 MPEG4 RM DV
Size/min
10 MB/min
10 - 20 MB/min
30 - 70 MB/min 5 - 20 MB/min 1 - 10 MB/min 1 - 5 MB/min 1 - 5 MB/min 1 - 5 MB/min 216 MB/min
DVD Player Compatibility
Great Good Excellent Good None None None None None
Computer CPU Demanding
Low High Very High High Very High Low Low Low High
Quality
Good Great Excellent Great Great Decent Decent Bad Excellent


 How to create a VCD from an AVI using LSX from Ligos
 
1. Create an AVI with music.
2. Encode using LSX under VCD for NTSC.
3. After you've created that MPG, write it to a CD using Easy CD Creator's Video CD Creator.

1. Buy LSX MPEG Encoder 3.5.
2.
Now start LSX MPEG Encoder 3.5 +
3. First we Load the correct Profile for VCD, under File->Manage Profiles, MPEG-1 VideoCD PAL for PAL and NTSC for NTSC..



4. Now do we open the AVI/DV under Input File Browse.
5. Check the info, 25 FPS = PAL or 29,97 = NTSC.



After some minutes of encoding you are almost done.

 Final step: write the VCD MPG to a CD using Easy CD Creator.

6. Launch Video CD Creator. Not Easy CD Creator