>> Sunday, January 7, 2007
The White Book was released in 1987 by Sony, Philips, Matsushita, and JVC. This standard refers to a standard that stores not only sound but also still pictures and motion video. This format is known as Video CD (VCD). Unfortunately the research in motion video was not as far the standardization process, carried out for the biggest part by Philips. Philips released the Digital Video Cartridge as an add-on for the CD-i player in 1993, after Philips Sidewalk Studios was mainly responsible for the development of the Digital Video standard. This is the same studio who published over ten children titles for cd-i (all without use of full motion video, the irony).
Philips started to publish movies on CD-i, in a format complying with the Green Book (interactive cd), not the White Book (Video CD). As Philips took care of the publishing process, signing licenses and investing money, they probably wanted to be sure people would play these movies on a CD-i product. Sidewalk Studio:"Let's say this about the project at this time: if there were, say, 15 things that needed to be done to lead to DVD, we did 13 of them."I always wondered if this was a reaction of the CD-i participants (Sony, JVC, Matsushita) leaving the CD-i platform even before Philips released it. After the surprising interest in the Philips VCD Masterlist, I'd like to seperate the titles released in "Digital Video on CD-i" format, and titles released in "Video CD" format.
Why Philips changed to go with the Video CD standard after "a while", I can take a guess they would reach a wider public selling more discs. Perhaps the titles were more profitable comparing to the CD-i hardware. Maybe the encoding process of Video CD was easier and cheaper? If you think about it, there is more history behind this shift rather than you would think in the first place!
If you have any movie in "Digital Video on CD-i" format, please let me know, I hope to create a seperate list between the two formats Philips published in.