The Mireth Technology Corporation has released version 3.0 of MacVCD, a utility for playing Video CDs on the Mac. The latest version adds auto eject and auto play preferences, an auto hide menu bar and auto hide controller preferences, and comprehensive HTML formatted documentation, according to Robert Wiebe of Mireth.
Video CD, or VCD, is a movie format that hasn’t caught on too much in North America, but is popular in Europe and Asia. MacVCD, available in both “classic” and Mac OS X versions, supports large screens and multiple video CDs (if you have more than one CD drive). In addition to automatic Video CD format recognition and playback, MacVCD can also be used with standard QuickTime movies. MacVCD also allows you to save a VCD — or your favorite scenes from a VCD — as either a QuickTime movie or a self-contained QuickTime movie, Wiebe said.
Because Mac OS X doesn’t support the Video CD format, you’ll need to make Mac formatted copies of your VCDs for use with the next generation operating system. You can do this using MacVCD and a CD burner. Once you have created these new CDs you can use MacVCD X just like MacVCD.
The cost is US$10 for individual users, $25 for small business users, and $20 per corporate user. For details, go to the
Mireth Web site.