From: Yasser.El.Chemaytilly@aedi.insa-lyon.fr (Yasser.El.Chemaytilly)
Subject: Re: CD-i, and the MPEG format
Date: 4 Mar 1994 16:00:03 GMT
Organization: INSA Lyon - Computer Science Dept / France
At this time, there are 3 ways of playing a Video-CD-I:
- the Phillips CD-i with the Full Motion Video Card (approx $950 in Europe)
- the Amiga CD^32 with its Full Motion Video Card (approx $670 in Europe)
- a PC, 486 DX or DX2 with the Reel Magic MPEG card and a Sony
CD-ROM player (for the moment, it only works with the Sony
player) (the card costs approx $650 in Europe without
The quality of the playback is identical and very good with either the CD-i or
the CD^32 (same manufacturer) but is a little bit lossy with the PC card.
Anyway, the Reel Magic card is practically as expensive as a full
CD^32 system, CD-i (+FMV cartidge) being only a little more expensive.
There may be software for playing Video-CDs on PCs, but I haven't heard
of them yet.