The China Recording Standards Committee under the Chinese government first developed the format .in 1998 together with the VCD consortium consisting of Sony, Philips, Matsushita and JVC
An easy way to understand SVCD is to see its video quality as between VCD and DVD.
About 35 to 45 minutes of video content can be fitted into an SVCD, depending on the video quality selected. The higher the video quality, the shorter the playback time would be.
SVCDs can be played back on most DVD players and some VCD players and also over CD_ROM and DVD-ROm drives.
SVCD has the capabilities of DVD to store multiple audio tracks, still images, subtitles, chapters, menus and even playlists.
SVCD’s resolution is twice the resolution of VCD. Under PAL the resolution is 480×576. For NTSC it is 480×480.