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Machineofthemonth: Playing video cds under Linux using GPL software

Nov 24, 2000, 16:20 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Mullikin)

[ Thanks to GM for this link. ]

"The Video CD is not very popular here in the United States, although I hear in other parts of the world, it is. Therefore, having the ability to play Video CDs is or could be important to some people. So Linux to the rescue."

"The resolution and sound quality of Video CDs is generally speaking somewhere in the neighborhood of VHS tape. Most of my video cds are adult videos. Therefore, I can't speak for movies in general on Video CD but the sound quality on my Video CDs isn't that great and another thing is that here in the US, it's hard to find a piece of standalone equipment that can play Video CDs. Basically, what you do is purchase a DVD player that can also handle Video CDs, but therein lies another problem. Sometimes a Video CD will not play in the standalone player for some reason, but it's not necessarily true that you can't get it to play using Linux. Using your existing cd-rom drive and some GPL software such as Zzplayer or Xine or Kmpg or even Dvdview (if you don't like sound), you can get by without a standalone piece of equipment."

"Another factor that might influence one to consider the Video CD format is the fact that cd-recordable drives are coming down in price and going up in speed and the media (CD-R discs) can be purchased from the neighborhood Best Buy for $20 per hundred and guess what? That CD-R disc can hold about 50 or so minutes of video and audio. That's pretty amazing. If, and this is a big if, people were able to produce their own video cds using a camcorder and computer software and whatnot, then if they sent you a copy, would you be able to use it? What device would you use to play the Video CD?"

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