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Video CD

A Compact Disc (CD) format introduced in 1993 that holds full-motion video. Developed by Panasonic, Philips, Sony and JVC, a Video CD (VCD) holds 74 minutes of VHS-quality video and CD-quality sound using MPEG-1 compression. A Super Video CD (SVCD) format was later introduced that used MPEG-2, but playing time was reduced to as little as 35 minutes. Introduced three years before the first DVD players were available, VCDs did not catch on in North America, but were popular in Asia. Video CDs can be played on many CD-ROM and DVD drives as well as CD-I and 3DO players. Specifications for this format are defined in the "White Book." See DVD.

  Video CD Resolutions                     VCD         SVCD

  NTSC (30 fps)      352x240     480x480

  PAL/SECAM (25 fps) 352/288     480x576
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