Video CD - (a.k.a. VCD, Compact Disc Digital Video, View CD) - Video CDs are a primitive version of the DVD. It looks the same as a music CD or a CD-ROM, except that instead of music or software, it holds movies, using the video compression standard of MPEG-1. Its resolution is 352x240 (NTSC) or 352x288 (PAL), which is roughly comparable to VHS.
Compared to Video CDs, DVDs provides much higher resolution (700x480), which is comparable to laser discs or even better. DVD movies use MPEG-2 compression, rather than the MPEG-1 compression used by Video CDs.
(2003 definition.)