The Mireth Technology Corporation has released version 2.0 of MacVCD, the Macintosh Video CD player and QuickTime movie editor. 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 recognizes the Video CD format and plays the movie files on the CD. It 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, according to Robert Wiebe of Mireth.
MacVCD 2.0 adds support for multi-language VCDs, karaoke VCDs, and keyboard control during movie playback.
With MacVCD, you can play Video CDs on your Mac by launching the app, putting the VCD in the CD ROM drive, and selecting the title from the VCD Menu. MacVCD allows you to scale the movie to any size and works with any Power Mac running Mac OS 8.x or later.
The cost is US$10 for individual users, $25 for small business users, and $20 per corporate user. A Mac-related Video CD site is in the works. Meanwhile, you may wish to check out Video CDs, MovieParlour, and CoolVCD.