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Old Mar 01, 2002, 06:28 PM
prospeCt prospeCt is offline
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Default is the difference from vcd to svcd big?

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i would like to know if theres that huge of a difference in picture/sound quality between VCD and SVCD
Old Mar 01, 2002, 10:38 PM
alm9 alm9 is offline
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What about the sound? Does it change?
Old Mar 02, 2002, 07:20 PM
Borgy Borgy is offline
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I would say not a real massive difference!

The picture in VCD is generally not as sharp but nothing to worry about!

Sound quality in SVCD is also better as you can have slightly better bitrates etc.

I'm still sticking to VCD for the moment though as the noticable difference is not large! especially if the VCDs source is DVD!
Old Mar 02, 2002, 08:47 PM
Borgy Borgy is offline
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these are the general setting obviously the SVCD is adjustable whilst the VCD bitrate has to remain the same to stay compatable and not become and XVCD

DVD PAL (MPEG-2 720x576 29.97fps CQ 65, Layer-2 48000Hz 384kbps)

Super Video-CD PAL (MPEG-2 480x576 25fps CQ 65, Layer-2 44100Hz 224kbps)

Video-CD PAL (MPEG-1 352x288 25fps CBR 1150kbps, Layer-2 44100Hz 224kbps)
Old Mar 03, 2002, 12:46 AM
paulcat paulcat is offline
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It so funny for you Borgy>>LOL

Create a compliant SVCD and VCD if u cant see the difference. Or perhaps your tv is not good enough?

Cause I have a friend who has a crappy tv and I put both VCD and SVCD in and the difference is minimal. But when I put it on my tv, not even digital, I can CLEARLY see how good SVCD is over VCD. No, not XVCD and XSVCD, i am talking about the valid VCD and SVCDs

(Proper tools in encoding also plays a major role)
Old Mar 03, 2002, 06:24 AM
qxe900 qxe900 is offline
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i saw my first SVCD the other day, the LOTR 4 disc rip - and i was truley blown away, VCD is fine, but its a bit messy, artefacting can be pretty bad at times, SVCD can hacve chapters - so you can jump ahead, you can do this with VCD, but SVCD also has subtitle supoort (of which ive yet to actually see working!) i would, where possible always go for SVCD, and try and keep the filesize down a bit so it fits on 2 discs, i didi this for road trip and its as good mor or less as the DVD - and ive got a decent widescreen 28@ TV....alos is PAL DVD really 29.97 frame a sec - surely thats an NTSC fram rate - pal is always 25 i thought?????

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