PAL, NTSC and SECAM Comparisons
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There are 3 main standards in use around the world.

P A L        N T S C       S E C A M

Each one is incompatible with the other.

   For example, a recording made in the France could not be played on an American VCR or DVD player.

   If you or your clients view video tapes or DVD's that are from outside of the United States, or send videos abroad, you must first convert  the tape or disc to or from the foreign television standard.

   The system used in America & Canada is called "NTSC".  Western Europe and Australia use a system called "PAL", and Eastern Europe and France use "SECAM". Without standards conversion, it is impossible to view a video program that is recorded in a foreign country without first converting it..

Here are some charts illustrating the differences

N T S C
N
ational Television System Committee

Lines/Field 525/60
Horizontal Frequency 15.734 kHz
Vertical Frequency 60 Hz
Color Subcarrier Frequency 3.579545 MHz
Video Bandwidth 4.2 MHz
Sound Carrier 4.5 MHz

 

P A L
P
hase Alternating Line

SYSTEM

PAL

PAL N

PAL M

Line/Field 625/50 625/50 525/60
Horizontal Freq. 15.625 kHz 15.625 kHz 15.750 kHz
Vertical Freq. 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz
Color Sub Carrier 4.433618 MHz 3.582056 MHz 3.575611 MHz
Video Bandwidth 5.0 MHz 4.2 MHz 4.2 MHz
Sound Carrier 5.5 MHz 4.5 MHz 4.5 MHz

 

SECAM
S
equential Couleur Avec Memoire
or Sequential Color with Memory

SYSTEM

SECAM B,G,H

SECAM D,K,K1,L

Line/Field 625/50 625/50
Horizontal Frequency 15.625 kHz 15.625 kHz
Vertical Frequency 50 Hz 50 Hz
Video Bandwidth 5.0 MHz 6.0 MHz
Sound Carrier 5.5 MHz 6.5 MHz

What "System" do you need to convert to?

Video Systems used throughout the World.

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