What Is the Difference Between NTSC & PAL?

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The main difference between NTSC and PAL video languages is that the NTSC is the standardized format developed and used by the United States, while PAL was developed and used by European nations. Use NTSC video format to operate televisions and video players with information from the executive producer of a video production company in this free video on digital video.

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Christopher Rokosz, actor, director, and owner of Rokosz Media Studios. And we're discussing the difference between NTSC and PAL. Okay, first of all let's break down what these are. NTSC and PAL are standardized video languages. Okay. And here in the United States of America we use NTSC, that is our standardized broadcast language. Now with the onset of HD and digital type technologies, in your house or through cable systems there may be some different ones, but if you're going to buy a VHS or a DVD player or you're going to broadcast or receive, in the US, before digital conversion, you're dealing with an NTSC standard. So if your question about this has anything to do with I have the choice to buy something that is NTSC or PAL, if you're in North America or most of South America with the exception of Brazil and some of the really south parts of the continent, you need NTSC. As I used to remember PAL is not your pal when it comes to video formats in North America. Now if you're European, well NTSC is not your pal. PAL is what you're all about. PAL came on the scene in the early fifties to the early sixties, became its development and basically guys, here's the pith of it. It's very similar to NTSC except it's just different enough not to work with any of your stuff. Okay. NTSC is the National Television Systems Committee that founded here in the United States, launched in nineteen-forty-one after the committee formed in forty, in the mid-fifties Europe was scratching for their own type of format, needing to standardize, we didn't standardize the world so they came up with their PAL, their PAL format and most of Europe and now the EU adheres to that particular type of format. And the other major one being SECAM so NTSC, SECAM and PAL pretty much make up the major world formats. There are some subgenerations of - if you're in Japan or other companies NTSC-J and things like that. But when it comes right down to whether rubber hits the road, if you're in North America and most of South America except for Brazil, NTSC is your buddy, PAL if you're over in Europe, don't try to buy them, stuff won't work cross over. You'll have to have it converted, digitized and all that type of stuff. Stay with the proper format for your proper country, and everything will be A-OK. I'm Christopher Rokosz, we'll see you on the internet.


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