How to create VCD in OS X?

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  1. vita_kk macrumors newbie

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    Hi all. I'm a newbie to Mac.
    I would like to know how to create VCD in OS X. I have a PB with combo drive. I know how to create a data disc, however, I can't seem to find any functions to create VCD?
    Do I need a third party software to do so? If so, what software would you recommend?

    Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. munkle macrumors 68030

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    The only way I can think of is to use Toast, which gives you the option of burning VCD or SuperVCD discs.

    Not sure how you would do it from OSX itself.
     
  3. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Toast seems to do it. I haven't tried it but there's an option to create video cd or super video cd
     
  4. cubist macrumors 68020

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    You export an MPEG file from iMovie, then use Toast to burn a VCD from it. It's a bit of a clumsy process and the MPEG file is very large, but it works well once you've got the process going.

    Video quality is not very good, but CD-R media is cheap.
     
  5. stoid macrumors 601

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    If you are going for video quality and your DVD player supports it, make SVCD. You can't fit as much on the disc in terms of minutes, I think that an SVCD holds 40 minutes as opposed to the 65 or 70 on a VCD. But the SVCD uses a similar codec to DVD, so you'll get far better quality.
     
  6. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    You really should go with the superdrive DVD-R route. You can get a firewire case for $40 and a DVD-R drive for $50 and you are set. And for the other guy who posted about media cost DVD-Rs are only about $0.20 more then CD-Rs. And yea for the time being use toast if you need to burn VCDs.
     
  7. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    I use Toast to convert my VHS tapes to vcd or svcd, I find that the quality is about the same as VHS. It is also a lot cheaper in disks. Its quite simple to do, export your movie from imovie or FCP drop in toast select vcd / svcd / DVD then burn. It has to encode the video into mpeg so it will take a while. You can also burn DVDs onto CD roms but you an only get 20 min & it may not play in a Domestic DVD player.
     
  8. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    Does it mean I need to buy the MPEG encoder from apple? :confused:
     
  9. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    nope toast does it all for you.
     

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