Formats comparison

The principal technical characteristics of the digital video formats discussed above are summarised in the following table:

VCD SVCD X(S)VCD DivX DV DVD
Formal standard? Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Resolution
NTSC/PAL
352×240
352×288
480×480
480×456
720×480
720×576
or lower
640×480
or lower
720×480
720×576
720×480
720×576
Video compression MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-1 or
MPEG-2
MPEG-4 DV MPEG-2
Audio compression MPEG-1 MPEG-1 MPEG-1 MP3
WMA
DV MPEG-2
AC-3
MB/min 10 10-20 5-20 1-10 216 30-70
DVD Player compatibility Very good Good Good None None Excellent
How CPU intensive Low High High Very high High Very High
Quality Good Very good Very good Very good Excellent Excellent

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