What Is NTSC Video?

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NTSC video is the standardized format in the United States for watching video on a television, and it was developed by the National Television System Committee in 1941. Discover the history of NTSC video and output with information from the executive producer of a video production company in this free video on digital video.

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I'm Christopher Rokosz, actor, director, and owner of Rokosz Media Studios. We're discussing NTSC video, what it is and what it means to you. Well basically NTSC video is the standardized video format, adopted, ratified, for the United States of America. And some other countries abroad. But if you're looking at video standards and you want to use it and interact with other video products here in the US of A, NTSC is the format for you. It was set up by the National Television System Committee back in nineteen-forty, ratified in for black and white TV in nineteen-forty-one. They decided to name the format after the committee so that's where we get NTSC from. But basically now it's a format that operates at twenty-nine point nine seven frames per second and delivers us a nice standardized information package, meaning that if you buy a VCR in the US and you use it on a US TV, you're good to go. If you're buying electronics abroad, this is where you want to be careful. There was a good business with small business companies over the years of people coming over from England who used the P-A-L or PAL system and they wanted to watch videos here, or there was always the very unfortunate thing when people see VCRs over in England at a great price, pick them up and bring them home on vacation just to find out that none of the VHS tapes will work in it. So you can understand why the FCC and the NTSC as a committee is an important standardizational tool because there are so many different formats to interact with. As a for instance, right now there are over eighteen different formats of HD we're trying to sort of push through where we want to go. You may remember the blu-ray HD DVD war as far as what kind of format is going to take over. Those formats are a little bit different because it's consumer choice. You can go out and you can decide to buy a blu-ray disc player or an HD DVD disc player. And then you know when you get into that that only certain companies are going to provide certain discs to certain different players. You may not get Ghostbusters on an HD DVD, you may only get it on blu-ray. Well the NTSC as a standard video is important because it is broadcast standards, you would not want to have a different receiver or different cable box to pick up NBC, CBS or FOX. That would be just confusing, so that's where the FCC came in to straighten that all, and right now where it depends where you see the video or getting ready to switch over to digital video which is the first big move since the FCC laid down color. So that is in a nutshell what NTSC video is all about, I'm all about being Christopher Rokosz, we'll see you on the net.

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