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Frequently Asked Questions:
There has been endless debate on the relative merits of the quality of PAL images versus the quality of NTSC images. In this article, I want to present you with the arguments for and against both PAL and NTSC on DVD so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing your DVDs in regards to the best version to buy. As you will see in this article, it is not necessarily the case that PAL is always better or that NTSC is always better. However, I aim to point out the reasons why you should prefer one format over the other, and in which circumstances you should prefer one format over the other.
As an aside, if you are not familiar with the concept of 16x9 enhancement, I strongly recommend that you read more about 16X9 as your understanding of the remainder of this article will be significantly enhanced if you understand 16x9 enhancement.
As a further aside, if you have a Region 1 DVD player you in all likelihood cannot play PAL DVDs both for reasons of Region locking and because the great majority of Region 1 DVD players have had their PAL playback ability disabled, not to mention the fact that most NTSC display devices cannot display PAL images.
They're Not Really PAL or NTSC
The first thing I need to clarify about DVD is that PAL and NTSC are words and formats that are applied to DVD for convenience, and because of historical convention. There is nothing fundamental about a DVD which makes it either PAL or NTSC, but for simplicity and brevity, I will continue to use these terms throughout this article.
At their heart, DVDs are merely carriers of data files with compressed audio-visual information contained therein. This information can be placed on DVD in one of two resolutions; 720 x 576 pixels (PAL DVDs), or 720 x 480 pixels (NTSC DVDs), and with various frame rates (24, 25, and 30 frames per second are common). The DVD player itself takes this data file and formats it appropriately for display in either PAL or NTSC.
The Issue Of Resolution
In principle, PAL DVDs have a compelling advantage over NTSC DVDs. PAL DVDs have 576 pixels of vertical resolution versus 480 pixels of vertical resolution. That's a 20% increase in resolution for a PAL DVD as compared to an NTSC DVD. Increased resolution translates into a better looking image. However, this is an overly simplistic way of looking at the whole PAL vs NTSC issue as there are other factors that need to be taken into account.
Active Pixels & 16x9 Enhancement
Because programming can be presented on DVD in various aspect ratios, it is useful to consider the active pixels in a given image when considering the overall resolution of a DVD. For a widescreen image, not all of the pixels available on a DVD are actually used for the image. Some of them make up the black bars above and below the image. The format that provides the most overall active pixels for a given aspect ratio will in theory be the best possible format. Complicating the issue is the difference in active pixels when a DVD is 16x9 enhanced.
Other common analoge television systems are SECAM and NTSC. PAL was developed by Walter Bruch at Telefunken in Germany, and the format was first introduced in 1967. Telefunken was later bought by the French electronics manufacturer Thomson. Thomson also bought the Compagnie Generale de Télévision where Henri de France developed SECAM, historically the first European colour television standard. Thomson nowadays also co-owns the RCA brand for consumer electronics products, which created the NTSC colour TV standard before Thomson became involved. The term "PAL" is often used informally to refer to a 625-line/50 Hz (principally European) television system, and to differentiate from a 525-line/60 Hz (principally North American/Central American/Japanese) "NTSC" system. Accordingly, DVDs are labelled as either "PAL" or "NTSC" (referring informally to the line count and frame rate) even though technically neither of them have encoded PAL or NTSC composite color.
For widescreen movies, 16x9 enhanced PAL DVDs provide the highest resolution image, and are theoretically the version of choice. If the PAL version of a widescreen movie is not 16x9 enhanced, then the version of choice is a 16x9 enhanced NTSC DVD.
Frame and Field Rates
The consideration of which version is best is complicated by the issue of source material. In the case of movies, the choice is simple - pick the disc which has the highest possible image resolution, all else being equal. In the case of video-sourced material, the choice is less simple.
Movies the world over are shown at a frame rate of 24 frames per second. That is, 24 images are projected onto the cinema screen every second. Movie film is a very high resolution format, far higher in resolution than the DVD format. Accordingly, the movie itself is not the limiting factor in deciding between PAL and NTSC format DVDs, as the same source material is usually used to create both the PAL and the NTSC versions of a particular DVD. Therefore, the limiting factor in resolution is the DVD itself, with PAL inherently higher in resolution than NTSC.
With video-based source material, there are two predominant worldwide formats; PAL and NTSC, which differ in both resolution and in frame rate. PAL is higher in resolution (576 horizontal lines) than NTSC (480 horizontal lines), but NTSC updates the on-screen image more frequently than PAL (30 times per second versus 25 times per second). What does this mean in practice? NTSC video is lower in resolution than PAL video, but because the screen updates more frequently, motion is rendered better in NTSC video than it is in PAL video. There is less jerkiness visible. When video source material is transferred to DVD, it is usually transferred in the format it was created in - PAL or NTSC, and the subsequent image has either higher temporal resolution (more frames per second - NTSC) or higher spatial resolution (more lines per image - PAL).
Conversions between the two video formats are possible, and are indeed frequently carried out, as it seems to be far more acceptable to sell PAL transfers in PAL countries and NTSC transfers in NTSC countries, even if the source material did not originate in the respective format. Conversions between these formats is problematic, however, as compromises need to be made in order to accommodate the source material, and visible artefacts can be introduced by the conversion process.
Converting NTSC to PAL
When converting from NTSC to PAL, two things need to be accomplished. 480 lines of resolution have to be upconverted to 576 lines of resolution, and 30 images per second have to be downconverted to 25 images per second.
The resolution upconversion does not actually add any real picture information to the image, as you cannot create real picture information where none existed before. It does, however, make the picture viewable on a PAL display, and often results in a superficially better-looking image.
The frame rate conversion actually results in a loss of temporal resolution, as PAL has a lower frame rate than NTSC.
Converting PAL to NTSC
The converse situation applies to PAL to NTSC conversions. 576 lines of resolution are downconverted to 480 lines of resolution, and frames need to be inserted to go from the 25 frames per second of PAL to the 30 frames per second of NTSC. Once again, the resultant image is of less actual resolution than the original image, as information is discarded spatially and made up temporally.
Implications for Video Programming On DVD
The best format to record and play back video programming on DVD in is the format in which the programming was originally created. If it was videotaped in the NTSC format, then the NTSC DVD will be the version of choice. If it was videotaped in the PAL format, then the PAL DVD will be the version of choice.
Higher Definition Source Material
Complicating this issue is the fact that more and more programming is being created in higher definition video formats these days, and these high definition formats can usually be converted down to PAL or NTSC equally well, with both formats having their respective disadvantages.
So, Which Version Do I Choose?
As a general rule, video programming sourced from PAL-based countries is likely to look better in PAL, and video programming sourced from NTSC-based countries is likely to look better in NTSC, since these are the likely native formats that they have been created in.
Other Factors To Consider
If all of the above issues aren't enough to consider when deciding whether to purchase a PAL or an NTSC version of a particular title, there are several other factors which are also worth taking into consideration.
Previously, it has been established that a PAL DVD has 20% more resolution than an NTSC DVD. This does not necessarily translate into a superior image. The DVD format relies on a lossy video compression format (MPEG-2) to allow a reasonable length of programming to fit onto a single DVD. The longer the programming, the higher the compression ratio needs to be, and the more likely it is that visible compression artefacts will be present. If an additional 20% of resolution needs to be compressed, then this can potentially result in a lesser quality image if the programming is overcompressed. Fortunately, many PAL DVDs are being produced as dual layer discs, whereas their NTSC counterparts are being produced as single layer discs, thus providing the necessary room for both versions to look their best.
There are times when programming can be censored for display in PAL countries and uncensored in NTSC countries. GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies are specific examples of DVDs where the PAL versions of the DVDs have been censored in comparison to the uncensored NTSC versions. The converse also sometimes applies, as is the case with Eyes Wide Shut, the DVD of which was digitally censored in the USA but uncensored in Australia.
PAL's 4% Speed Up
Movies on PAL DVDs play back 4% faster than their NTSC counterparts. The great majority of people will never notice this, but for a small minority, this is an intolerable artefact. For more details on why this speed-up occurs, please refer to the bottom of this article.
NTSC's 3:2 Pulldown
Movies on NTSC DVDs play back at the correct speed, but they achieve this by utilizing a process called "3:2 pull-down". A detailed discussion of this process is beyond the scope of this article, but the net effect of this is that any image pan is not smooth, but takes place in a series of uneven steps, an artefact known as judder. As with PAL's 4% speed-up, the great majority of people will never notice this artefact, but for a small minority, this is intolerable. Personally, I find this artefact all but intolerable and find it very hard to watch a movie on an NTSC DVD because of it.
Often times, the extras on one version of a DVD are not found on another version. It is most disconcerting when you have purchased a DVD to find out that another version is available which has far more extras than the one that you have just paid good money for.
Sometimes, a DVD will be produced from restored or remastered source elements in one region and from non-restored sources in another region.
PAL is a higher resolution format for DVD than NTSC. All else being equal, a PAL DVD of a movie should look significantly better than the equivalent NTSC DVD.
If a PAL version of a movie DVD is not 16x9 enhanced and the NTSC version is 16x9 enhanced, then the NTSC version will be the preferred version, all else being equal.
For video-based material, it is generally better for the DVD to remain in the same format as the source material.
Do your homework before purchasing a DVD! Check as many resources as you can in order to determine which version of a particular DVD is the most appropriate one to purchase.
PAL's 4% Speedup
Have you ever watched a movie on TV or VHS or DVD and enjoyed the music so much that you went and bought the soundtrack CD? Have you then noticed that the soundtrack CD sounds a bit different to the movie?
Have you ever watched a movie on TV or VHS or DVD and then found out that the US version is longer than the Australian version?
Have you ever compared the specifications of a DVD in Australia with a DVD in the US and noticed that the US version runs longer than the Australian version?
Are we being ripped off? Are our movies censored?
The short answer is no. It is true that the running times of movies on TV, VHS and DVD are shorter than their theatrical running times, but this is not because of censorship. It is because of the way in which movies are transferred to video.
24 Frames Per Second
Movies are projected at 24 frames per second. 24 full images are projected off the film onto the screen every second. This is a world wide standard. This is all well and good, but a problem arises when we want to transfer a movie to video.
50 Fields Per Second
The PAL TV system shows images at 50 fields per second. One half of an image is displayed and then the other half of the image is displayed. The nett result of this is that 25 full images are shown per second.
24 Into 25 Doesn't Go
How do you take a film which has 24 full images per second and display this on a TV which shows 25 full images per second? There are two ways you can do this.
The first way, which is not commonly used, is to show 24 images from the film on the TV in sequence and then repeat the 24th film image. This fits film's 24 images into the 25 images needed by TV. This approach has one major drawback, which is that once every second there is a noticeable pause (judder) in the video because of the extra inserted image. Most people find such an artefact extremely objectionable.
The second way, which is commonly used, is to show 25 images from the film every second. This fits the film nicely into the TV format of 25 full frames per second, but the nett result is that 25 frames from the film are being shown in the same time as 24 frames were supposed to have been shown. This means that the film is being shown 4% faster than it was originally intended to be shown. This approach also has a series of disadvantages, but these are less objectionable than the judder introduced with the first-mentioned approach.
Effects of the 4% Speedup
The most obvious effect of this 4% speedup is that the film runs for 4% less time. Take as an example the recent movie The Mask of Zorro. The theatrical running time for this movie was 136 minutes according to the Internet Movie Database. The running time of this movie on Region 4 DVD is 132 minutes, 4% less.
A less obvious effect of this 4% speedup is that the audio for the film is both 4% faster and 4% higher in pitch. In musical terms, this equates to a rise in pitch of a little under one semitone.
Another less obvious effect of this 4% speedup is that the on-screen action occurs 4% faster.
For the majority of us, this 4% speedup is of no consequence, and is something that we are blissfully unaware of. For a small minority of movie and music buffs, the 4% speedup is objectionable.
What Can Be Done About It?
There is very little that can be done about this issue at present.
One possible partial solution is for the movie's soundtrack to be digitally processed so that it plays back at the correct pitch on video. This can be done either whilst the movie is being mastered for video or whilst the movie is playing back. This is very rarely done in practice, as it does not solve the problem of the movie and the music still playing back 4% too fast, even if it is now at the correct audio pitch.
The advent of DVD and digital projection devices has opened up another possibility to solve this problem. In theory, a DVD player could be constructed which plays back PAL movies at the correct speed and hence at the correct pitch. At present, the only devices capable of doing this are DVD-ROM drives. Such a device could be mated with a display device that is capable of displaying images at 24 frames per second. It is likely that in the future such solutions to this problem will become more readily accessible, particularly with the advent of HDTV.
Does It Really Matter?
For most of us, the answer is no. However, it is important to be aware of this issue so as to more fully appreciate the movie watching experience, and to explain some apparent anomalies in movie running times that may have troubled you in the past.
Feel free to ask me anything, when it comes to PAL NTSC, and region coding information I am a very reliable source of information, as you may have already figured it out by reading this article.
Most countries of the world use TV Standards that are incompatible with other countries. For example, a video recording made in the Germany could not be played back on a American standard VCR or shown on the American TV. There are three main world standards and the rest are minor branches of these main systems. The systems are NTSC, PAL, SECAM. The charts below give a description of each standard and the technical variations within them.
Which is sometimes misspelled as NSTC. The first color TV broadcast system was implemented in the United States in 1953. This was based on the NTSC (National Television System Committee) standard. NTSC is used by many countries on the American continent as well as many Asian countries including Japan. NTSC runs on 525 lines/frame.
The PAL (Phase Alternating Line) standard was introduced in the early 1960's and implemented in most European countries except for France. The PAL standard utilises a wider channel bandwidth than NTSC which allows for better picture quality. PAL runs on 625 lines/frame.
The SECAM (Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire or Sequential Colour with Memory) standard was introduced in the early 1960's and implemented in France. SECAM uses the same bandwidth as PAL but transmits the colour information sequentially. SECAM runs on 625 lines/frame and is mainly used in France for broadcasting. DVDs in France are in PAL format. VHS tapes after 2002 are also PAL format.
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WHAT DOES "MULTI SYSTEM TV" MEAN?
A TV which incorporates to all major World broadcasting and video standards. All our TVs are PAL, SECAM, NTSC standards for international use and can operate on any voltage ranging from 110 vt to 240 volt 50/60 hz. for TV viewing and video playback worldwide.
DO I NEED A STEREO MULTI SYSTEM TV TO GET SURROUND SOUND?
Not necessarily. if you have HI-FI stereo VCR and surround sound music system, that will do the job.
WHAT IS PICTURE-IN-PICTURE (PIP) AND 2 TUNER PIP?
Picture-in-Picture (1 tuner) has one built-in tuner in the TV which allows using a VCR to watch two different TV stations at once on the screen using VCR. A 2 tuner PIP TV has two built-in tuners which allows to watch two different TV programs simultaneously on the TV screen without using VCR's tuner.
I HAVE A HI-8 CAMCORDER, DO ANY OF YOUR MULTI SYSTEM TVs HAVE S-VIDEO
Some 25" or larger screen TVs have Super VHS (S-VHS) input jacks to connect HI-8 video camera and S-VHS VCRs. This type of connection delivers superb picture quality compared to using standard video (RCA type) jacks.
I HAVE TO ORDER A TV THROUGH MAIL ORDER. HOW SAFE IS IT?
In addition to manufacturers original packaging, we double pack TVs for extra protection and to ensure safe delivery. TVs up to 25" are shipped by ups. 29" and larger TVs are shipped by air cargo or truck lines.
::: Multi System VCRs :::
WHAT DOES "MULTI SYSTEM VCR" STAND FOR?
Multi system VCR or some people also called "multi standard VCR" is a combination of various video system like PAL, SECAM or NTSC for play back and recording video worldwide.
WHAT IS PAL, SECAM AND NTSC?
There are three major broadcasting and video system used all over the world.
PAL:- Is a format widely used in Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. PAL stands for Phase Alternation Lines and has various sub-systems for VHF and UHF bands for each country.
SECAM:- Is mainly used in Eastern Europe and France (SECAM-L) SECAM stands for System Electronique Couleur Avec Memoire was founded by French.
NTSC:- Is mainly used in North America, Mexico, Canada and Japan. For detailed information on world system click here. NTSC stands for the National Television Systems Committee who developed the system and public broadcasting of NTSC began in the United States in 1954.
WHAT DOES NTSC PLAYBACK ON PAL TV (PAL 60) MEAN?
This feature in VCR allow you to view NTSC (American) tapes directly on ordinary PAL TV. If picture shrinks and rolls over the TV screen, it can only be adjusted by vertical hold button on the TV. Vertical hold button is generally found on older models or on black and white TVS.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2-HEAD AND 4-HEAD MULTI SYSTEM VCRS?
4-Head video machine offers sharper picture quality and noise-free special effects like slow motion, still etc. Compared to 2-head models. This is because one pair of video heads are designed for recording and playbac in SP mode while other pair is dedicated to EP mode for excellent picture quality. All 4 head VCRs offers multiple speed playback and recording.
HOW DIFFERENT ARE 6-HEADS VCRS THAN 4-HEAD VCRS?
All 6-heads VCRS are same as 4-head VCRs as long as the picture quality is concerned. Only the sound quality makes the difference. 6-heads VCRS delivers HI-FI stereo sound where 4-head mono. Some of our 6 heads VCRS also record in stereo sound.
MY RELATIVES IN EUROPE HAS SENT ME A VIDEO TAPE. HOW CAN I VIEW IT ON MY STANDARD U.S. TV (NTSC TV)?
A: To answer this you have a 3 options.
1) Buy one of our multi system TV and VCR
2) Buy a VCR built-in converter (probably the best alternative)
3) Buy one of our multi system VCR'S and a video system converter unit.
HOW CAN I TRANSFER MY 8MM VIDEO TO STANDARD VHS TAPE?
Several of our VCR models offer front panel A/V inputs. This inputs are designed for quick and easy Camcorder hook up. Some of our multi system VCRs built in converter are also equipped with front A/V input jacks to enable you to dub a tape to and from PAL-NTSC system for worldwide playback.
::: Pal System Camcorders :::
WHICH ONE SHOULD I BUY - PAL OR NTSC CAMCORDER?
It really depends on where you are going to live most of your life. If you are planning to move overseas permanently or for a longer period of time, buying a PAL Camcorder would be the best choice. Because PAL Camcorder records in PAL System which is compatible with all TVs and VCRs overseas. There is no need of buying multi system TV or VCR. You can also share videos with your friends and family overseas since it records only in PAL. If you are going for a short trip, then buying NTSC Camcorder would be the right choice. However you cannot playback tapes on overseas TV or share the tapes with your friends or family overseas. If you already have NTSC Camcorder and have a multi system TV overseas and planning to leave a Camcorder overseas, you can able to play tapes only with a multi system TV. You can not share tapes with your friends because not everyone has multi system TV or VCR overseas. Also you will have hard time fixing it overseas if it needs repair because NTSC Camcorders carry only U.S. warranty while PAL Camcorders carry international warranty and can be honored in most countries.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF 8MM OVER VHS-C FORMAT? OR VICE VERSA?
Even though VHS-C offers easy and convenient feature of play back right in to VCR (without need of using a Camcorder), 8mm tapes offer longer recording time than VHS-C. Also with 8mm models the frequency response (sound) is much better than VHS-C models. But to playback a 8mm tape either you need to connect your Camcorder directly to a TV or dub 8mm tape in to VHS format to playback in to VCR.
I WANT TO TAKE WITH ME MY AMERICAN CAMCORDER (NTSC SYSTEM) AROUND THE WORLD. CAN I USE IT ANYWHERE IN ANY COUNTRY?
Yes, as long as recording part is concerned. No matter what type of Camcorder you have, PAL or NTSC, all Camcorders AC power ADAPTER/BATTERY chargers are designed to operate on any voltage worldwide automatically ranging from 120 volts to 220/240 volts 50/60 hz. However you might need necessary plug adapter simply to fit in that country's electrical outlet.But to play NTSC recorded tapes overseas, either you need a multi system TV or multi system VCR built-in video system converter or multi system with a separate video system converter.
I HAVE BROUGHT MY PAL CAMCORDER AND HOME VIDEOS FROM ENGLAND. HOW CAN I VIEW TAPES HERE IN U.S.A.?
To view your English tapes with U.S. NTSC TV you need to buy either a multi system VCR with built-in converter or any of our multi system VCRS with a separate video system converter. You may also consider to buy a multi system VCR and multi system TV which can give you flexibility of using it anywhere in the world.
WHICH ONE SHOULD I BUY? 8MM, HI-8 OR DIGITAL 8?
Not only depending on your budget, also the type of TV set you have. If you own a good quality TV with over 400 lines of resolution with a S-VIDEO input, HI-8 or digital 8 would be the best choice. Most HI-8 and digital 8 Camcorders record in HI-FI stereo for superior sound quality. Plus you can play and record your old regular video 8mm tapes on a HI-8 Camcorder. With digital 8 series Camcorder you can play and record both regular 8mm and HI-8 tapes.
::: Foreign Electricity and Voltage Converters :::
Voltage Converters (220 volt - 110 volt)
Electrical differences in the World are not so shocking! Electricity in the world differs for each countries 110/120 volts or 220/240 volts. Plug shapes, Plug holes and Plug sizes are also different in each country. Some countries like USA and Canada run on 120 Volts 60 Cycles (60HZ) and most of the world run on 220/240 Volts 50 Cycles (50HZ). This differences in the electricity can be solved by using an appropriate voltage converters.
What does voltage converter or transformer mean?
In speaking general Voltage Converters and Voltage Transformers are used to convert electricity. North America and some other countries operate on 110/120 Volt AC 60 HZ. While most of the world operates on 220/240 volts AC 50 HZ. Voltage Converters change the electricity to make work electrical appliances in different countries.
What does "Step-up/Down Transformer" mean?
Step-up/Down Transformers are used to convert electricity from 220/240 VAC to 110/120 VAC (Step Down) or 110/120 Volt AC to 220/240 Volts AC (Step-up). These type of transformers are grounded and with built-in fuse protection system which provides safety against electrical shock and damage to the appliances.
How can I figure how many watts voltage transformer do I need?
First of all, find out how many watts do appliance take. You can find this information usually on the label located on the back or bottom of the appliance or in the specification page of instruction book of an appliance. If only amperage (AMPS) is shown multiply the input voltage (i.e. 110 or 220v) by AMPS to find the watts.
VOLTS x AMPS = WATTS for example, 110 V x 0.5 AMPS = 55 W. Please make sure not to operate any appliance with higher wattage than chaise the wattage rating of voltage transformer. Heavy duty transformers can be used continuously at 75% to 80% of their wattage capacity.
I have brought some electrical appliances from overseas will they work in USA?
Yes, You can buy one of our step up-down transformers according to the wattage rating of your appliance(s). Please consider to buy higher
wattage transformer than the wattage rating of your appliance. All our heavy duty transformers (step up-down) are grounded and built-in phase protection
system for your and your appliances’ safety. Please remember transformers do not convert cycles (60 HZ. VS 50 HZ. Foreign) and some cycle sensitive appliances like microwave ovens, stereo turn tables and analog clocks may not operate properly. However, most modern electronic equipments like computers, printers and stereo music systems are not affected by difference in cycles. Our heavy duty voltage transformers can also be used for U.S. appliances (120 VOLT AC) to operate in Europe (220/240 VOLT AC). We also recommend to buy our voltage converters built-in voltage stabilizer-regulator to save your appliances from damage caused by power fluctuations.
What is the difference between AC and DC current?
Most counties in the World use electrical currents as alternating currents (AC). DC stand for Direct Currents. All appliances and voltage transformers run only on AC electricity.
What is the use of Universal AC/DC adapter?
Also known as battery eliminator, universal AC adapters are used to convert AC electricity (i.e. 120V or 240V) to a desirable DC current (i.e.1.5,3,4.5,6,7.5,9 or 12 Volt DC). Some battery operated items with DC input includes walkmans, baby monitors, telephones which can be used with AC adapters universally.
Can I use my several appliances at once with voltage transformer?
Yes, As long as total wattage of all your appliances do not exceed than the wattage capacity of a voltage transformer. Also consider only 80% wattage capacity of voltage converter than wattage rating of your appliance(s) to avoid damage caused by power fluctuation.
Can I use my American VCR, TV and Video Camera Overseas?
Your American system (NTSC) TV and VCR with appropriate voltage transformer can only be used overseas for playing back your U.S. home videos and video games. TV will not receive local broadcast channels and VCR will not play local tapes and record off the TV reception because most countries use PAL or SECAM TV system. We recommend multi system TVs and VCRs because they give you flexibility to use them with any TV and Video System and can operate on 120 VOLT or 220-240 VOLT 50/60 HZ in any country in the world. As with your NTSC Camcorder you need to replace it with a PAL Camcorder unless you have a multi system TV.
Do the plug shape makes the difference when using my appliance overseas with a voltage transformer?
Yes, since there is no worldwide standard for the plug configuration, plug shapes and plug holes (electrical outlets) differ from country to country. In addition to voltage converter a necessary plug adapter is required to simply fit your appliance plug in to foreign wall outlet. Please note that adapter plug only changes the plug shape not the electricity.
::: Code Free DVD Players :::
What does "CODE FREE DVD PLAYER" mean?
A DVD player which would not limit playback to a specific geographical region. all our DVD players are PAL-NTSC, dual voltage and all region playback compatible unless specified. you need a multi system TV or a compatible TV to play various region's DVD discs. Most our DVD models also play regular music cds and video discs (VCD).
What is a Code Free DVD good for and which model do I buy?
The world is divided into 6 different Regions:
Not only is a region involved in playing a DVD disc but PAL and NTSC TV formats also play a key role. A code free DVD player will play any DVD from any region in the World. A code free DVD player is also capable of playing both PAL and NTSC formats. There is a lot more involved in playing a DVD from another country.
For example, DVDs from the UK are region 2 and are in the PAL format. So to play a region 2 PAL movie from the UK you need a Code Free DVD Player for sure. Second example is playing DVDs from Japan. Japan is also region 2 but they are in the NTSC format. To play Japanese region 2 DVDs in America all you need is a code free DVD player. No need for a Multi-System TV or a video converter, as American TVs are NTSC also.
We also carry DVD players that have built-in video converters. These are models that will play any region DVD on any TV in the World. Models with a Built-in video converter like Philips, Akai, Malata ,Fujilink, Sampo, JVC, Conia,Toshiba & Portable DVD Players will play any DVD on any TV, i.e., plays PAL movies on your existing American TV.JVC models only convert from PAL to NTSC. You cannot play American DVD movies on a PAL TV with this player. Name brands like Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp require a video converter or a TV that matches the video format of your DVD movie. i.e., You will need a PAL TV to play a PAL DVD movie or a NTSC TV to play a NTSC DVD movie
I want to play my DVD from any where in the World on my American TV (NTSC) as well as on my PAL TV
These Brands will play any region DVD on any TV in the World. Models with a Built-in video converter like Philips, Akai, Malata , Fujilink, Sampo, JVC, Toshiba Conia & Portable DVD Players will play any DVD on any TV, i.e., plays PAL movies on your existing American TV.JVC models only convert from PAL to NTSC. You cannot play American DVD movies on a PAL TV with this player. Name brands like Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp require a video converter or a TV that matches the video format of your DVD movie. i.e., You will need a PAL TV to play a PAL DVD movie or a NTSC TV to play a NTSC DVD movie
WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE TO CONNECT A DVD PLAYER TO MY TV FOR OPTIMUM PICTURE QUALITY?
Depending on your TV set and type of input it has. Most our multi system TVs are equipped with standard audio video (RCA type) input jacks, that can be connected to DVD players RCA type a/v output jacks. Nearly all DVD players have S-VHS out (s-video) that can be connected to a S-VHS input of a TV. Some of our high quality multi system TVs have S-VHS input and requires a special cable. S-VHS input on a TV is also designed for use with S-VHS or HI-8 Camcorder for best picture quality. Some models of our Sony VEGA Multi System TVs are equipped with component video input for DVD playback.
IS IT POSSIBLE WITH VCR TO RECORD OFF DVD?
In most cases no. All DVD players are designed with anti-copy circuitry to prohibit copying from DVD discs.
IF I PLAY MUSIC CDS IN DVD PLAYER, HOW WILL IT SOUND?
Outstanding compared to CD Players. Because DVD players hi-tech digital-to-analog converters are designed to read and process the audio and video signals to produce superior sound and picture quality. DVD players definitely sound better than CD players..
World TV System and Voltage Guide
PAL stands for phase alternation lines(625 lines) offers more picture detail and wider luminance (color signal) bandwidth. PAL has been adopted by almost all 50 HZ (50 cycles) countries in the world.
NTSC stands for national television standard committee which established american TV broadcast TV standard as a 525 line broadcast. NTSC system has higher frame rate which reduces visible flicker and picture noise.
SECAM stands for sequential couleur AVEC memoire designed by the french and was adopted in france and eastern europen countries. Secam system has higher number of scan lines (625 lines) which offers more picture detail and stable hues.