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Watching Video Files on CD

I have some video files (MPEG,AVI etc.) that I want to burn and store on a CD instead of storing locally on my HD. I hope to be able to watch these CDs when inserted into a DVD player. Should I simply burn the file on a CD? (such as the simple Windows Burn Wizard) Or, should I use a program to help encode the file differently to watch on DVD player? Does it really matter in how the file will play outside of use with the computer. (DVD player) I do have Nero. I don't know if makes a difference in the files in how they are burned onto the CD?

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The format used on playable, video CDs is VERY low in

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resolution. That is why they aren't used much anymore for video.

If you want good quality, you need to burn to a DVD. To do that, you need an 'authoring' program that knows how to package the files used on a DVD. The Nero Suite product, I think it is Ultra Suite, has this ability although it is a bit limited when compared to more powerful programs such as Sony's DVD Architect.

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But how does putting the file on a DVD change the quality of it in comparison to a CD? If the file is a certain size etc. the DVD isn't going to make it look any better than what it already is... right? I thought the simple reason for going to DVD over CD is the size, which of course leads to the ability to put a "much better looking file" (better quality, larger) on a single disc and display a better picture.

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We maybe thinking of different things here.

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An avi file such as divx will be the same on cd as dvd disc, which can be played with a divx player. An mpeg1 (vcd) can be played on most dvd player but it cannot be formated as a dvd; dvd format require mpeg2 and mpeg2 has better resolution than mpeg1 (in general).

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so can an AVI be formatted to MPEG1 to play on a VCD?

...and once you have the file MPEG1, do you simply burn it onto a CD (Windows Burn Wizard etc.) or do you have to burn it a certain way to make it a VCD?


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No, most standalone players...

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will not play mpeg files; You see applications mention here such as Sony vegas, ulead movie factory/studio, and Nero6/7 ultra; all these program will help you create the vcd or dvd. I might comment that because dvd discs are so cheap now I don't think people bother to create vcd anymore (at least I don't).

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I have Nero and I used the VCD option but it was making the file too large. It fit perfect on the CD before formatting, but whatever has to be done to make a VCD was making it a couple hundred megs larger. What exactly goes into the VCD formatting?

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I don't know what is happening...

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but the overhead for making vcd shouldn't be that high (200mb?). Maybe 20mb is more like it.

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