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| Introduction | Common Lengths | Conversion Process | Rates |


Video CDVideo CD (abbreviated as VCD, and also known as View CD, Compact Disc digital video) is a standard digital format for storing video on a Compact Disc. VCDs are playable in dedicated VCD players, most modern DVD-Video players, personal computers, and some video game consoles. The VCD standard was created in 1993 by Sony, Philips, Matsushita, and JVC and is referred to as the White Book standard.

Overall picture quality is intended to be comparable to VHS video. Poorly compressed VCD video can sometimes be lower quality than VHS video, but VCD exhibits block artifacts rather than analog noise, like VHS does, and does not deteriorate further with each use. 352x240 (or SIF) resolution was chosen because it is half the vertical, and half the horizontal resolution of NTSC video. 352x288 is similarly one quarter PAL/SECAM resolution.

This approximates the (overall) resolution of an analog VHS tape, which, although it has double the number of (vertical) scan lines, has a much lower horizontal resolution.

Video CD. (2009, November 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:45, December 8, 2009, from

Common Lengths

  1. 70 minutes SP mode
    VCD supports only a single mode. Encoding the video at a lower or higher bitrate may cause trouble with VCD players

Conversion Process

All MPEG1 VCD encoding are performed using the highest quality settings. No leeway is made to save CPU. All encoding is performed on a quad core workstation dedicated for this task.

Audio is encoded to the Dolby Digital format. Alternatively, we can encode to raw PCM standard at request.

The encoded MPEG1 file is then arranged to the fully compliant VCD Video standard to ensure it will work on most DVD players. Japan made Taiyo Yuden CD-R discs are then used to burn the video data at a normal speed of 24X.

Despite the quality steps we undertake, we recommend periodic backups of the discs to storage such as hard disks and flash memory. After all, you want to keep those memories safely. We even have a guide on how to do this.


Each Taiyo Yuden CD-R disc costs $1. These discs are imported from Japan and are regarded by the industry to have the best longevity and reliability.

Conversion to the VCD video standard (DATs, MPEGAV) costs $2.

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