What is Video CD (VCD)? – POFTUT

What is Video CD (VCD)?

Video CD or VCD is a video format that is widely used for home entertainment. What makes the VCD special is the VCD format is used to distribute films, movies, and digital media in standard CDs or 120 mm optical discs. The VCD format was created in 1993. The VCD format uses MPEG-1 video encoding format which was very popular at the end of the 1990s. VCD players are also created in order to play the VCD and display the content, movies, and films on Television and other displays. VCD can be also played by computers by using the CD-ROM Driver. Also, special software called media player like VLC, Windows Media Player should be used to view VCD.

VCD is superseded by the Super VCD which provides better video quality and higher resolutions. Also, other formats like XVCD, DVCD, DVI are created as an alternative to the CDV. A single VCD can store up to 800 MBs of video which is about 80 minutes of Video. But this may change according to the video quality and scene density.


DVD is the successor of the VCD which provides better video quality, more features, and longer video duration. Even VCD use MPEG-1 video encoding format DVD use more advanced format MPEG-2 which provides better compression and higher resolution. As VCD is played with the VCD players DVD is played with the DVD Player. Generally, DVD players can play VCD’s too.

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