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7. Distribute > Play a Movie Off a CD in a DVD Player

Play a Movie Off a CD in a DVD Player

DVD media is expensive. CD media is cheap. By compressing your movie using the MPEG-1 codec, you can burn your movie to a CD while still being able to play it in a DVD player.

It is somewhat gratifying to hand someone a DVD of your movie and have him play it on a DVD player. The simple fact is that the presentation of the disc implies technical capability and professionalism. But there are times when a DVD is excessive, such as when you are presenting a five-minute movie or handing out discs to a lot of people.

The Video CD (VCD) format was launched in 1993, but it never really caught on in the United States. A VCD can hold about 70 minutes of footage, so you shouldn’t plan on putting an entire feature length movie onto one disc. The VCD format uses MPEG-1 compression, so the quality of a VCD is roughly equivalent to a VHS tape. The discs can be played on most DVD players, in addition to personal computers and VCD players.


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