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Chapter 10. Recording Advanced Formats a... > Video CDs vs. DVD Video Discs

Video CDs vs. DVD Video Discs

“Mark, why do I need to record a video CD, anyway? Aren't DVD Video discs far superior to anything that's come before?” Good question, and the answer is a definite “yes”—DVD video discs are the best medium for carrying high-quality, high-resolution digital video.

However, not everyone has a DVD player or a DVD-ROM drive, and that's where the video CD still comes in handy! A video CD can't carry anywhere near the same amount of digital video, and the quality is significantly lower than a DVD Video disc—however, most computers with a standard CD-ROM drive can read a video CD, and many DVD players are also compatible with video CDs. Before the advent of DVD, many manufacturers turned out video CD players and CD-I players that will accept this format, as well. As you learned in the section titled “Loading and Playing a DVD Movie” in Chapter 8, PowerDVD can display video CDs on your computer.


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