>> Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This article discusses the creation of Kodak Photo CDs. Kodak Photo CDs are not Kodak Picture CDs, nor are they plain CDs with photos on them. They are special proprietary format CDs that Kodak made for several years, then stopped supporting. This site is one of the few remaining references available on the subject. Now that DVD players support both plain CDs filled with JPEGs, and Kodak Picture CDs, there is little need for the older Kodak Photo CD format. When it was still around, it was a wonderfully inexpensive way to convert your 35mm film to digital. Now with digital cameras that are superior to film, Kodak Photo CD is of little use. This article is only of interest to those who want to generate a genuine Kodak Photo CD to play on their Kodak Photo CD player or a CD-i player. If you have a CD-i player gathering dust in an attic somewhere, you've come to the right place. Check out the KodakPCD utility. With it, you can make Kodak Portfolio CDs for playback on your Kodak Photo CD player. Why would anyone want a genuine Kodak Photo CD? The only reason anyone would want a genuine Kodak Photo CD would be to play this Photo CD on their CD-i player.
Who in the world has one of those and still uses it these days? I'd wager not too many people. So, a CD with a bunch of .PCD files on it would be just fine for the vast majority of Photo CD users who just want to open the images on their computers. There's no advantage to getting a genuine Kodak Photo CD these days.
I find Photo CD's to be very clumsy and slow, so I never make those. When I used to experiment on what is possible to do a slideshow on CD-i, I made a Video CD containing only stills that were actually just menu pages. I made those with Nero and find them far superior comparing to original Photo CD's. The good thing is that these types are both playable in a CD-i player and a DVD player. AND these discs are much faster. The downside is that the resolution is a bit lower. If you're still determined to cut your own genuine Kodak Photo CDs, click here!
Credits: Ted's Kodak Photo CD Page
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