What Is VCD?

This section provides basic information on VCD (Video CD).

VCD (Video CD, Compact Disc digital video) is a standard digital format for storing video on a CD. The VCD standard was created in 1993 by Sony, Philips, Matsushita, and JVC and is referred to as the White Book standard. The original name of VCD was "Compact Disc digital video" with logo like this:
VCD (Video CD) Logo

A more popular logo for VCD 2.0 is:
Video CD 2.0 Logo

Main characteristics of VCD are:

1. CD Track Type: CD-ROM Mode 2 - The data sector of 2352 bytes (98 frames with 24 bytes per frame) is divided to:

2. File System: ISO 9660 File System - See other sections in this book for details.

3. Audio File Format: MPEG-1 Layer 2 -

Bit Rate: 224 kbps (kilo bits per second)
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz (kilo Hertz)
Number of Channels: 2 (stereo)

4. Video File Format: MPEG-1 -

Frame Rate: 29.97 Hz (NTSC) or 25 Hz (PAL)
Resolution: 352x240 pixel (NTSC) or 352x288 pixel (PAL)
Bit Rate: About 1.13 mbps (mega bits per second)

VCD has two flavors to match two television standards: NTSC and PAL.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Format

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Players

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Rip Music

 WAV Audio File Format

 MP3, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, Encoding Format

 Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

 Windows Sound Recorder

 ISO 9660 Standard for Data CD

 Recording Data on CD

VCD (Video CD) Standard

What Is VCD?

 Movie VCD File Directory Structure

 File Directory Structure on an Example Movie VCD

 Playing Movie VCD with Windows Media Player

 Playing DAT Files with Windows Media Player

 DVD (Digital Video Disc) Standard Format

 TOC (Table Of Contents) on CDs

 IsoBuster - A Nice CD GUI Tool

 MPlayer - The Movie Player

 vStrip - Rip and Manipulate DVD VOB Files

 mpgtx - Manipulating MPEG Files

 CD/DVD - File Name Extension and Format Types

 References

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