Can I play this music VCD on my DVD player?

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  1. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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    Let me start off by saying that I have no VCDs and have never researched them before. Anyway, I saw a European VCD of Duran Duran Greatest at a local store today and was very close to picking it up. I am a big Duran Duran fan and have been waiting for a DVD to come out with their classic videos. The VCD looked to be a nice alternative. However, the jewel case says that it is a PAL disc, but SECAM in France. Doesn't this mean that I will not be able to play it on my Sony DVP-C670D DVD player? Why would a store in the US have a VCD if it doesn't have NTSC video?
     
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    Anybody?
     
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    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

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    If having PAL isn't a problem (and I think it may be) you'll need a player capable of playing VCD. A lot of players are, but not all. Your's should say if it supports it in the manual. However don't be surprised if this VCD is a major disappointment. A VCD is just a CD with MPEG-1 video on it. It can't be very long (half-hour I think) and the quality is poor.
     
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    Keith, thanks for the info. I have a Sony DVP-C670D DVD changer, and I believe it is compatible with VCDs. However, I can't see how it would play the Duran Duran VCD, which says it is a PAL disc and SECAM in France. As I said before, I can't understand why a store in the US would have this disc if it can't be played on NTSC players. Anyway, I have heard that the video quality on VCDs isn't very good. The disc intrigues me, however, since I like Duran Duran's classic videos from the '80s and there are no Duran Duran DVDs out. Still, I don't think the VCD is worth $35, even if it will definitely play on my DVD player.
     
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    WHat the hell, try it. If it won't play in your DVD player (It may not) it will probably play on a computer.
     
  6. KeithH

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    Philip, thanks for the info., but I don't have an interest on playing the VCD on my computer. The Duran Duran VCD in question is $35, and before I will fork over any dough, I will have to find out if the store will take it back for a refund if it won't play on my DVD player. Of course, stores generally don't give refunds for opened software, but the store might in this case because I doubt highly that they will be able to tell me in advance if it will work on my player.
     
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    Oh, one other thing... you can check your instruction/setup manual to see if your player supports PAL VCDs. According to VCDhelp.com, your DVD player does support VCD playback but doesn't support most CD-R media. Since this is manufactured rather than burned, you shouldn't have a problem.
     
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    Adam, thanks for all the info. Very much appreciated. I was pretty sure the Sony DVP-C670D plays VCDs, but I wasn't sure about the PAL thing. The 'C670D doesn't play CD-Rs, but as you said, the Duran Duran disc I am interested in is a pre-recorded VCD, so hopefully it will work.
     

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