Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Mon, 27 Dec 1999 13:08:17 -0800

>Hey Eddie, I was wondering if you could help me with something. I got a
>set of ZZ VCD's but I don't know how to get them to play. Any suggestions?

Have you ever got a VCD to play on your system? I just don't want to sound
patronizing in case you have and there's something wrong with the VCDs.


Some DVD players can playback VCDs as well. Usually this is marked on the
player itself, or explained in the user's manual. Look at the loading area
of your DVD player and see if VCD is listed among the formats accepted by
the player, such as DVD, CD, etc.


Slap the VCD in your drive and pull down the Apple menu, choose Apple Video
Player (you probably need System 8.6 to have it) and it should start searching
the CD and show you the available playback files. It may take a while but
don't think the computer crashed or something.


Go to Accessories from the Start menu, under Entertainment you will find 2
items - Active Movie Controls and Movie (somthing) - don't have my PC here,
so I am doing everything from memory. You want to have them open a file
from the CD, I think the file is usually called Music2.dat or Mpeg.xxx or
Vcd.xxx. Just try all the files that show up and you will eventually find
the right one. If the movie plays but there's no sound, then stop it and
try a different file.

Active Movie Controls and the other one have pros and cons, you will just
have to try both and see which one you prefer. To get to full screen mode
I think the hotkey is Alt-Enter.

Lemme know if you still can't get them to work. If the VCDs you got are
CD-Rs you bought from some unethical guy from Singapore, chances are it
will make an ugly loud sound in your drive and it's probably not playing
because the disc wasn't properly mastered.


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