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Has anyone tried or know if the RES will play VCDs? VCDs are VideoCDs that are encoded and burned to CD-R (or CD-RW) that most new DVD players can display.
 

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Re: Not sure about VCD's but

AJA said:
The RES does play DVD-R's.


That's good to know. Do you have the ability to make a VCD?
 

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Do you have the ability to make a VCD?
Well, you inspired me to try. I'd been meaning to getting around to testing the VCD ability of this new computer, and I did have success, after installing a new program I got a few weeks ago. I just did a quick 1 min. of video to a cd-r and it PLAYED fine on the RES - quality was noticably worse than the dvd-r, but it was definitly watchable.

The only stange thing about the disc I made is that it won't play on the very computer I made it on, Win XP just comes up with windows explorer rather than the usual choices of palying the movie or exploring the disc, so I was very surprised when it played on both my home DVD player and the RES. Must be some file association problem, but that's a question for the Sony Vaio Village forum not the Honda Pilot forum!
 

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Threadhead,

Just wanted to ask if you saw my reply below about VCD's working in the RES.


jcamarillo,

I tried your suggestion and I was able to get the video to play but no audio. Oh well, the important thing was that it worked on the home player and the RES.
 

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AJA said:
Just wanted to ask if you saw my reply below about VCD's working in the RES.
No I didn't, until I got a notice of reply this morning. My email has been wonky the past couple of weeks.


That's great news to hear! I would like to use VCD's instead of the DVD becuase they (DVDs) tend to get scratch easily in the car and with little hands that can't leave them alone. Better to ruin a $0.20 CD than a $20 DVD. Plus, when you rip the DVD you can remove all the menus and warnings. Just slide the disk in and it plays.

I imagine that the quality issues you are seeing are because of the encoding. There are different rates and qualities you can select making the quality better or worse. Most of the VCDs I play in my home DVD player are very hard to distinguish that they are not the original DVD. It's usually the sound that's the giveaway.

Thanks!
 

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I imagine that the quality issues you are seeing are because of the encoding. There are different rates and qualities you can select making the quality better or worse.
While encoding can make a difference, bitrate is not the culprit.

NTSC VCD MPEG-1 uses a fixed video bitrate of 1150 kbit/sec, with a fixed audio bitrare of 224 kbit/sec.

SVCD is based on MPEG-2 (like DVD), and supports variable bitrate encoding.

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Can I ask how I can start the DVD software manually?

I try putting a VCD onto the RES, but it didn't work. Maybe the VCD is a bit scatch, I will try other tonight.

I try putting a DVD-R onto the RES, RES will play without any problem.

I didn't try other yet since I just got my car last night. Will spend more time tonight playing with the RES system. Anyway the system is awesome!!!

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VCDs should play automatically when you stick them in, you shouldn't have to press any buttons.
 

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Playing a VCD

Hello All,

The dealer told me that the DVD player in the EX is an Alpine. The Pilot manual says it can not play CDR-R format which is true. I tried burning a VCD. Since, it is a single laser, the trick is to burn using CD+RW media. This works fine. So far, I have over 5 movies that play fine in the car. I do agree scratching CD+RW is cheaper than a DVD.

Hope that helps.
 

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I tried to put VCD onto the RES. It's working.

But I do found some limitation. I can't change the audio channel. Some VCD have two sound track. This is how you can select the sound track by changing the audio channel.

If I try to watch VCD by wireless headphone. It will play both channel at the same time. :3:

Anyway I can only set the balance on the front to either left or right to get around the limitation.
 

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I tried playing VCD and SVCD in the dvd player. It did not work.. It showed a "error" status, then ejected the cd..
Mine only plays dvd disk.
 

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VCD's and the cold?

omgjsc wrote:
"I tried playing VCD and SVCD in the dvd player. It did not work.. It showed a "error" status, then ejected the cd..
Mine only plays dvd disk."

We had no problems playing VCD's (recorded on CD-R's) in our EXL-RES until it started getting colder a few weeks ago, can the cold impare the reading ability of our DVD players? (Although even after the car has warmed up inside they still won't work.)

They worked fine from July to late Nov. now the same VCD's get ejected just like yours, does anyone have any idea why that would suddenly be happening??

PS: It still plays DVD-R's and commercial DVD's with no problems.
 

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Playing VCD

I tryied to play a VCD on my RES this weekend but didn't work. It was showing a 00:00 on the radio display. I believe it was a CD-R disk.
 

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Re: VCD's and the cold?

ShorePilot said:
omgjsc wrote:

We had no problems playing VCD's (recorded on CD-R's) in our EXL-RES until it started getting colder a few weeks ago, can the cold impare the reading ability of our DVD players? (Although even after the car has warmed up inside they still won't work.)

They worked fine from July to late Nov. now the same VCD's get ejected just like yours, does anyone have any idea why that would suddenly be happening??
It's possible that condensation gets into the player or on the discs. This will have an effect. Bringing a warm disc into a cold car, cold disc into a warm player, etc.
 

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VCD trial summary

Folks,

I did a number of experiments with different type of VCDs and the following is my finding so far:

Condition Result
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1a: Factory VCD 1.x (very old format) -> works OK
1b: Copy of the above disk (1a) with CD-R -> FAILED (disk copy, worked in home DVD player)
1c: Copy of the above disk (1a) with CDRW -> FAILED
** conclusion => RES only work with factory VCD but not CD-R

Factory VCD 2.0 (with PBC) -> all FAILED
** conclusion => RES only work with VCD 1.x format (without PBC)

DVD-R copied -> FAILED
Conclusion => RES does not like DVD-R format (but might work with DVD+R ?)

The conclusion above is only based on my experiment and it is contradicted with finding from other members.

Some member said the RES worked with CD+RW disc. Is CD+RW disk the same as regular CDRW ?

Anyone has successfully burned VCD and worked in the RES, can you specify the:
1. software 2. VCD fomat you choose (1.0 or 2.0 etc), 3. CD-R or CD-RW media (and brand of manufacturer)

Thank you very much.

Tat Ng
EXL-RES Sandstone, Boston MA.
 

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CD-R

I just tryied a regular CD-R (not music CD-R) with music recorded on it and didn't work. Some time ago I tried a VCD CD-R and didn't work but I don't know what format was used and the brand.
 
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