- Apr 1, 2002
I see them all the time on e-bay, but not sure what they are. They almost sound like bootlegs or something. Most of the titles I seen are not even out yet. Is it like DVD???
There is also software that allows you to burn "VCD" files onto CDR's that are compatible with any DVD player that plays VCD.
Of course you can; CD media is CD media. Wheither it was burned or pressed makes very little difference to your DVD player. Note that all DVD players can't play VCDs, and only some play CD-RW media.
There is also a format called SVCD. I don't know if any studios put out legitimate releases in the format, since it would take as much disc swapping as laserdisc, but they offer decent quality. Better than VHS, they use DVD's compression (only at a much higher rate) and are 480x480 in NTSC. The 480x480 frame is then stretched (similiar to the anamorphic concept) to fill your 4x3 frame. I use SVCD to create discs full of trailers for my DVD parties, as well as store old TV episodes.