VCD ( Video CD ) is a form of video on a CD which could be played on a
computer, and VCD player. Most of the DVD player also play Video CD. VCD
is very polupar in Asian and European countries and is used for Karaoke Video
and Audio. Videos are digitized and compressed into MPEG-1 data stream ( MPG
file ), at a constant bit rate ( 1150kbit/s max. for video and 224kbit/s for
audio, which is in a MPEG layer II format, CD quality, stereo sampling at
44.1kHz ). The MPG file is then output to a special format on a CD along with
other control files so that it is compatible with VCD players and most of the
DVD players . The video quality of VCD , at a resolution of 352 X 240 for NTSC,
is slightly lower than a VHS tape ( with a horizontal resolution of 240 and
525 scan lines for NTSC system ) A VCD could have only up to 80 minutes of
video, and the compression quality is lower than that of a 2 hours long DVD by
a margin. Unless you absolutely need your video on a VCD, we recommend
transfer to DVD rather than VCD.
We provide the service of VCD authoring, tape to VCD conversion ( VHS to
VCD, 8mm to VCD, Betamax to VCD, miniDV to VCD ) at an
affordable price. There are a few advantages for your videos on DVDs, instead
won't last long, but VCD could last for a long time as long as you don't
could access certain section of a video on a VCD much faster than video on
is much smaller in volume to store compared to a tape.
converted to VCD, you could make many copies of the video without losing
any video quality.
We convert the following kinds of video tapes to VCD: ( NTSC, PAL, or SECAM )
VHS-C and VHS to DVD, ( NTSC only ) super VHS to DVD, ( NTSC or PAL ) Digital8, Hi8,
8mm to DVD, ( NTSC or PAL ) mini DV to DVD, ( NTSC or PAL ) Betamax to DVD.
The simple process ( which is also used by most of other
service places and DVD recorders) to transfer video to DVD is real time digitizing and encoding
. The quality of
the encoded video is OK , but not the best . If your video is noisy, or full
of fast motions, there
will be compression artifact in the compressed video because the
microprocessor have difficult time to
do the high quality motion compression in a limited time frame.
All our VCD transfers employ
a better, but
lengthier way to encode the video: capture the video into a DV AVI file
first and then use sophisticate software to do the high quality compression to MPEG-1. This
process takes three times more time than the simple process, but the
quality of the compressed video is noticeably better ( Less compression
artifacts ) , especially in cases of noisy and fast motions original videos.
There are 2 VCD standards : NTSC and PAL. NTSC VCD stores video at 352x240
pixels and 30 fps , while PAL DVD at 352x288 pixels and 25 fps. Normally we
transfer without standard conversions ( it means NTSC video to NTSC DVD and
PAL video to PAL DVD. ) Indeed, to our knowledge, all the VCD players can
play both PAL and NTSC VCD on both PAL or NTSC TV. If you choose Option VTV04 in the following table, we will convert
the video standards before MPEG compression and DVD authoring. We use
software conversion with pixels and motions interpolation to ensure high
quality. It takes another 2 hours for every hour of video and that is why we
have to charge extra for it. Please note that most service places use video standards
conversions box to do the job while capturing the video.
It doesn't take extra step and time. But the video has less details and the
motion is not as smooth .
transfer ( max 60 minutes video on 1 tape )
transfer ( max 80 minutes video on 1 tape )
each additional tape to the same VCD ( Extra cost per tape )
Video Standards conversions Between NTSC
and PAL ( Extra cost on top of VCD transfer )
additional copy of VCD
Each VCD conversion includes a menu with a title of your choice and video
entry points ( chapter points ) at approximate equal time intervals. A
thumbnail of the picture at each entry point is displayed in the menu and you
can jump into that video section by selecting that thumbnail or
entering a number on your remote control which is displayed on the
thumbnail. We also include a slim VCD case ( unless you request other sizes of
case ) with printed covers on top (
picture of the main menu ), bottom ( instruction ) and side ( Title of your
VTD03 combines more tapes to the same VCD if the combined length of video is
less than 120 min. For example, if you want to transfer two tapes, 40 minutes
each , to
a single VCD, the cost would be $23 ( VTV01 + VTV03 )
We could create a custom menu with custom video entry points.
For this extra service, specify the starting time of the video sections
you want to jump in and add $ 1 / link .