Archived - Mac OS X 10.3: Playing Video Compact Disc (VCD) media

You can play a Video Compact Disc (VCD) in Mac OS X Panther or later.
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  1. Insert the VCD.
  2. Open QuickTime Player, which is in the Applications folder.
  3. From the File menu, choose Open Movie in New Player.
  4. Click the VCD icon in the Sidebar.
  5. Select the MPEGAV folder.
  6. Select the file whose filename extension is ".DAT".
  7. Click Open. The movie opens as a new window in QuickTime Player.
  8. Click the Play button or press the Space bar to begin playing the movie

Tip: To play an SVCD (Super Video Compact Disc), you need to install third-party software such as Video LAN Client.

About VCD media

Video Compact Discs hold much less data than DVD-Video discs, even though the discs are physically the same size. The video stored on a VCD is typically lower quality than the video on a DVD.

VCD video is encoded in MPEG1 format.

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Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012
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