VCD stands for “Video Compact Disc.” 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 uses a MPEG codec which can be played on almost all stand alone DVD Players and computers with a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive and the appropriate software decoder player.


Two Examples: Windows Media Player by Microsoft and WinDVD. The quality of a VCD is usually about the same as or better than (VHS) tape. A SVCD is similar to a VCD except the video is a MPEG-2 Variable Bit rate compression (Similar to DVD Movies). A SVCD can contain from about 35 to 80 minutes video per CD. The quality is worse than DVD but better than VCD and VHS tape. SVCD also supports up to 4 subtitles to choose from.