MPEG 1 VCD - 352x288 (PAL) or 352x240 (NTSC) video @ 1150kbps with MPEG 1 compression (MPEG 1 doesn't have much in the way of motion estimation) . Recorded to CD with 44.1ksps audio (MP3)
MPEG2 SVCD - 480x576 (PAL) or 480x480 (NTSC) 2520kbps (or 1600kbps VBR) with MPEG2 compression. Has much better motion estimation. Record to CD with 44.1ksps (or sometimes to DVD, if player can handle it with 48ksps audio LPCM, MP3 or less often AC3. Called 2/3 D1
MPEG2 DVD - 720x576 (PAL) or 720x480 (NTSC) up to 8000kbps (or 7000kbps VBR) with MPEG 2 compression. Audio always 48ksps, may be LPCM, MP2, AC3 or DTC format.
What format you use should be based on your media choice. If you pick DVD, then use MPEG2-DVD. With different bit rate settings you can easily fit a 90 to 165 minute movie onto a 4.7G single surface DVD.
If you pick VCD, all you can fit on a CD is about 70 minutes and the quality will be a little worse than a VHS tape.
SVCD has better quality than VCD, but only holds about 30-35 minutes. Fine for half hour TV shows.
Fav quote - "Experience is whatcha don't get 'till ya don't need it no more."
System - Athlon 1.4GHz, Win98, Hauppauge PVR250 receiver and compressor.
Software -Magix Movie Edit Pro 10, Nero 6 + NeroVision Express, Moho 4.61, PSP 8.1, Bryce, Quicktime 6.52 pro, Goldwave 5, DVD-Lab.
Cameras - Panasonic GS9, Canon ES8400V, Canon EOS D20 and Canon A70