'China blazes the trail for video CDs'
(Article Precis, 15/Aug/1998, Issue 2147, p24)
Barry Fox reports that China has earned the support of major
international companies for its new 'super video CD' standard (SVCD),
including JVC, Matsushita (ie. Panasonic), Philips and Sony.
While the West has chosen DVDs as the future of digital media, China
has decided to forego the more costly DVD technology and instead
develop an improved CD. The new design encodes video and audio with a
higher quality bit stream when there is fast motion or loud sound,
saving on data space when signal strengths are low (still picture
shots and/or silence). This variable bit-rate method gives very high
quality sound and images; since the media is still a CD-type design,
the large number of existing CD factories in the Far East can produce
the SVCDs in extensive numbers, resulting in a cheaper format.
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Precised by Ian Mapleson, 16/Aug/1998.